Solent University (Southampton) has opted into the TEF and received a Silver award.
Southampton Solent’s digital arts foundation year covers key subjects such as animation, game development and modelling, and will help equip you with the knowledge and confidence to make informed decisions about your future direction. The learning path is designed to seamlessly integrate with our related degree courses and offers flexible learning experiences in the field of digital media. Successful completion of the programme will grant direct access on to one of our related industry-focused undergraduate degrees. You will be taught by passionate staff who are experts in their fields, with a wealth of real-world experience and knowledge. During your studies you’ll be supported in developing your game production, business and entrepreneurial skills, as well as working with coders and artists in the Video Games Academy. To aid study, you’ll have full access to Solent’s industry-standard facilities, including specialist labs, high-end dual screen computers equipped with industry software such as Autodesk, Adobe and Pixologic, and graphics tablets. You’ll also have access to a motion capture studio and lounge equipped with consoles and life drawing studio. Successful completion of the Digital Arts Foundation Year will provide a pathway to the degree BA (Hons) Computer Games (Art). Alongside the development of creative design and art direction skills, this computer games art degree covers computer graphics, the business of games, employability and project management. This broad comprehension will help put students in the best possible position to find employment after graduation. Students benefit from free access to our dedicated high-spec computer games lab, where they can make use of industry-standard software from Adobe, Autodesk and Epic (Unreal Engine). Using these facilities, students build up a varied portfolio of creative work. From character models and level design to environment rendering and textures, this portfolio helps students to demonstrate their competencies to potential employers. At Solent, our excellent industry links play a key part in student development, and past students have had the opportunity to work on live briefs for real clients. In addition, our academic team is formed of expert professionals who have wide-ranging experience in computer game technology and the gaming industry. Additionally, Solent is a founder member of SIGN. This not-for-profit network was established to represent and support independent video games developers and facilitate growth in the south’s independent video games development sector.
After Completing Foundation Year you will study*Year one*Core units*Prop Studies*Introduction to 3D*Computer Games: Culture and Theory*Model Building*Texture Creation*Art and Environment Theory*Games Systems*Year two*Core units*Critical Discourse 1*Level Design*Advanced 3D*Game Production*Options*Freelancing at Solent Creatives (Media) 1*Freelancing at Solent Creatives (Media) 2*Languages*Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.*Year three*Core units*Critical Discourse 2*Games Major Project*Options*Pre-Production: Conceptual*Pre-Production: Industry*Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.
How to apply
If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:
15 January*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are: IELTS 5.5 overall with a minimum of 5.0 in each individual component TOEFL IBT 71 with a minimum of 19 in in each individual component- TOEFL is only valid for EU students or equivalent. Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University. The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course. Note to all international students requiring a visa: All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Southampton Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Southampton Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office. We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to take a look at this PDF document which outlines both Solent University and Home Office requirements for a number of language tests.
|UCAS Tariff||48 points||From A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at PPP or BTEC Diploma at MP or equivalent. An `optional’ online portfolio submission may be required as part of the selection process. We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.|
|A level||DD||From a minimum of two completed A levels.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||PPP|
|AS||In combination with other qualifications.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||MP|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||M|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)||D|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)||In combination with other qualifications.|
|Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)||A|
|Extended Project||In combination with other qualifications.|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma||PPP|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma||MP|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma||MM|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma||MM|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma||D|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate||D|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate||In combination with other qualifications.|
|AQA Level 3 (Foundation) Technical Level (360 glh)||D|
|AQA Level 3 Technical Level (540 glh)||MM|
|AQA Level 3 Technical Level (720 glh)||MP|
|AQA Level 3 Technical Level (1080 glh)||PPP|
IELTS minimum score of 5.5 overall with a minimum of 5.0 in each component of reading, writing, speaking and listening. TOEFL (IBT) minimum score of 71 overall with a minimum of 19 in each component of reading, writing, speaking and listening.
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||5.5||5.5 overall with a minimum 5.0 in each individual component. If you are applying for a visa, you must have taken your IELTS at a registered SELT centre if studying below degree level.|
|TOEFL (iBT)||71||71 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component. Please note that TOEFL is only valid for EU students.|
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|
Additional fee information
Southampton Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.
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