Computer art is everywhere in today's culture, from film and advertising to computer games and gallery installations. Abertay’s BA (Hons) in Computer Arts is within its renowned School of Design and Informatics. It is accredited by ScreenSkills, the UK Sector Skills Council for Creative Media Industries, and also by TIGA, the trade association representing the UK video games industry. Learn to design and undertake practical projects in a diverse range of areas including concept development, 2D design, 3D art production, animation and game art development. Use cutting-edge technology and entertainment production techniques and work collaboratively with other games students on project briefs set by media and computer games companies. Having launched the world's first computer games degree in 1997, Abertay has been instrumental in building the city of Dundee as a global hub for computing and gaming. Abertay is ranked: • Top university in the UK and throughout Europe for Videogames Education (Princeton Review 2015, 2016. 2017. 2018, 2019, 2020) • UK University of the Year 2021 - Teaching Quality (The Times/ Sunday Times Good University Guide) • UK Top 10 - Student Satisfaction & Teaching (Guardian Good University Guide 2021) • UK Top 10 - Student Satisfaction (National Student Survey 2020)
Year 1 core modules (subject to change over time) - ART106 Life & Observational Drawing; ART102 Digital Media Concepts; ART103 Elementary Animation; ART104 3D Digital Design; ART101 Illustration & Communication. You will also be required to select one elective module. For detailed module information please check our website.
Much of your time will be spent in lectures and practical tutorials where you work with staff, peers and industry mentors, to develop solutions to project briefs. Tutorial sessions focus on developing ideas, process and technique to lead to a final outcome. Portfolios of creative work form the majority of assessment, often submitted with supporting documentation to underpin creative practice. Academic writing contributes to many assessments, often in the form of critical analysis or reflective reports. Verbal presentations are core to assessment, exposing your research and development process to the programme team and industry mentors. Assessment on the programme is in the form of portfolios of creative work, academic writing of critical and reflective form, and through verbal presentation of own and others work in critical and/or reflective modes. There are no formal examinations on the programme.
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
- Year 2
- Year 3
Standard Qualification Requirements
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Minimum Qualification Requirements
We may make an offer at the minimum entry grades if you meet the criteria.
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Additional entry requirements
You will be required to submit an e-portfolio of your work
English language requirements
We look for applicants to have achieved an overall IELTS score of 6.0 with no individual test lower than 5.5. Some degrees have higher requirements - refer to the 'entry routes' tab of each degree for more detail.
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Republic of Ireland||£9250||Year 1|