Game Art and Design at Cardiff and Vale College - UCAS

Cardiff and Vale College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of South Wales (Prifysgol De Cymru)

Game Art and Design

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Course summary

Designed with computer games experts, this course provides specialist education to help you succeed in this expanding industry. With expectations for realistic and imaginative graphics and play increasing, you’ll learn how to bring your ideas to life to create the next generation of computer games. As well as gaining technical knowledge, you’ll develop your creative flair and professional skills for employment. You’ll explore the background of gaming and the game creation process, studying different areas such as asset production, game mechanics, aesthetics and engines. Modules will include practical experience in making 3D digital games, written game theory and drawing for games. You’ll also have the opportunity to gain experience through a work placement or industry simulation project, developing your skills working with clients and businesses. Throughout the course you will also explore different gaming categories such as; art attack, concepts and design, technical practice, exploring games, game design live briefs and many more. You will have access to powerful i7/i9 PC's, NEW RTX3000 series Graphics Cards and 28" 4K monitors along with Industry standard software; Adobe Master Suit, Autodesk 3DSMax, Maya, Unreal Engine 4/5, Cinema 4D, Substance Painter and Pixologic ZBrush, to produce your Game Art and Designs. The course is suited to a range of students with an interest in Game Design including; Game programmers who will have access and support in Unreal Engine Blueprints , and Game artists accessing an array of 3D specialist software , graphics tablets and 3D printers. Level design, story development and animation are also areas that can be explored during the course. Our students have the opportunity to progress directly to year 3 at the University of South Wales, on the BA(Hons) Games Art or BA(Hons) Games Design degrees, based at their Atrium campus in Cardiff. Successful students can also go straight in to employment, training or internships, while others may start their own enterprise or go ‘freelance’. This course is delivered at Creative Arts Academy which is situated a short walk from City Centre campus.


First year modules: • Insert Coin to Start (Team Building Starter Game) • Art Attack (Traditional and Digital Drawing) • Exploring Games • Concepts and Design • Technical Practice • Let’s Make a Game (Live Project Brief) Second year modules: • Expansion Pack • Further Exploration in Games • Press Play to Continue • Professional Practice in Making Games (Live Brief with USW)

Assessment method

A mix of practical and written assessments, presentations and visual journals

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Mature applicants (aged 21+) who do not have the standard entry requirements but have relevant work experience will be considered.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £7500* Year 1
Northern Ireland £7500* Year 1
Scotland £7500* Year 1
Wales £7500* Year 1
Channel Islands £7500* Year 1
Republic of Ireland £7500* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the College library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed on the College website (on individual course pages). Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense. EU students who have settled or pre-settled status in the UK under the EU Settlement Scheme, may be eligible for student finance and be designated as a home student for fees purposes. Irish nationals are eligible for support under the Common Travel Area arrangement.

Sponsorship information

CAVC has a range of bursaries and scholarships that students on undergraduate, higher education programmes can apply for to support their studies. Applicants can find more information by visiting the college website.

Game Art and Design at Cardiff and Vale College - UCAS