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Course summary

Please check the Sheffield Hallam University website for the latest information. Course summary:

  • Prepare for the degree with an extra foundation year at the start.
  • Develop technical production skills through the creation of 2D and 3D artwork.
  • Collaborate in creative projects alongside programmers.
  • Work with cutting edge tools to produce various game art styles, and work to art limitations for use on different gaming platforms.
  • Work in partnership with Sony within our commercial games studio, Steel Minions.
  • Study at the only university in the UK to produce a game on a Sony platform.
This course will equip you with the practical skills required to work in the games industry ranging from concept to post-production, and you will graduate with a portfolio of projects. How you learn: All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive. The course is suitable if you don't meet the entry requirements for our BA (Hons) Games Art course, or you want extra preparation before starting degree-level study. You share the first year with other media arts and communication foundation year students, then move on to the degree. Throughout this course you will build a professional quality portfolio that is aimed at meeting the requirements of potential employers. The teaching and learning on this course is designed to help you do this. You learn through
  • specialist technical workshops
  • group projects
  • one-to-one support
  • live projects
  • industry visits, field trips and festivals
  • self-directed and independent study
In the foundation year, you'll study wide-ranging media arts and communication topics, while also focussing on your particular subject area and completing assignments in that field. You'll grow as a creative, and begin developing a professional portfolio. You'll also become familiar with Hallam's exceptional facilities and staff, so you're fully prepared for undergraduate study. Applied learning Work placements In year four, you have the opportunity to take a one-year paid work placement, which is an excellent way to enhance your graduate employment potential. Games design is a very competitive industry, and there are a limited number of placements available in games companies. You are supported in finding a placement by our experienced Placement and Employability Team who have a large range of employer contacts. Live projects You will have the opportunity to work on commercial opportunities with real-life clients. Previous students have designed game levels and concepts for Pixel Bullies and Sumo Digital, and worked with English Heritage to create a virtual tour of Conisbrough Castle. Networking opportunities During your degree you will have access to careers advisers, employability enhancing workshops and networking opportunities including guest speakers and master classes from the creative media industry. We also help you to master social media for networking and making contacts. A number of industry days and events (Game Republic events, Pathways) are also held on campus where you can network with and attend talks and workshops run by creative media industry professionals and organisations.

Modules

Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances. Important notice: The structure for this course is currently being reviewed and enhanced to provide the best possible learning experience for our students. Module structure, content, delivery and assessment are all likely to change, but we expect the focus of the course and the learning outcomes to remain as described above. Once the changes have been confirmed, updated module information will be published on this page. You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information. Year 1 Compulsory modules Creative Synergies In Media Production Media In Context Media Project Preparing For Independent Practice And Study Year 2 Compulsory modules 3D Modelling Game Design Theory Game World Mechanics Level 4 Game Project Visual Concepts For Games 1 Visual Concepts For Games 2 Year 3 Compulsory modules 3D Animation Project 3D Character Modelling Professional Development Project Prop Development Real-Time Environment Creation Elective modules App Design And Development Creative Sound Practice Documentary Production (Photography, Sound And Moving Image) Experimental Game Practice Introduction To Concept Art Storyboarding For Film And Animation Year 4 Elective modules 3D Games Prototyping Optional modules Placement Year Final year Compulsory modules 3D Game Art Final Game Project Game Professional Practice Elective modules Life Drawing Pre-Production For Animation Sound Design And Sonic Arts Practice Visual Effects Project Optional modules Placement Year

Assessment method

Coursework, practical


How to apply

Application codes

Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

https://www.shu.ac.uk/Courses/Digital-media/BA-Honours-Game-Art-with-Foundation-Year/Full-time/

Additional entry requirements

Interview

Some applicants may be invited to attend an informal interview with the course leader to ensure that the programme is suitable for themselves and their aspirations.

Other

Please note that this information is subject to change without notice by Sheffield Hallam University.


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent.

If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

Please click the following link to find out more about English language requirements for this course

https://www.shu.ac.uk/Courses/Digital-media/BA-Honours-Game-Art-with-Foundation-Year/Full-time/


Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £16655 Year 1
International £16655 Year 1

Additional fee information

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2024/25 is £9,250 per year. These fees are regulated by the UK government and are therefore subject to changes in government policy. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200. Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2024/25 is £16,655 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200. Please refer to our website for up-to-date information on costs and fees: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/undergraduate/fees

Sponsorship information

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to students who study this course.

Game Art with Foundation Year at Sheffield Hallam University - UCAS