Creating whole new worlds and characters is the focus of our BA (Hons) Games Arts course at UCA Farnham. On this practice-based games degree, you’ll develop the skills to become a true team player who is all set for a career in the gaming industry. This course, which is accredited by The Rookies, will equip you with the tools you need to become a skilled games artist, as well as developing your ability to work with others to produce games collaboratively in a way that replicates industry practice. You’ll develop your skills using world-class facilities, with high-end hardware and the latest software such as Autodesk Maya, Substance, Quixel Suite, Zbrush, Marvelous Designer, Marmoset Toolbag and games engines such as Unity and Unreal. You’ll also benefit from opportunities to collaborate with students on our Games Technology course, and make the most of our exceptional industry links to brands like Rebellion, SEGA, Creative Assembly and SuperMassive Games. When you complete the course, you’ll be ready to launch a career in the industry. Past graduates have gone on to work for AAA, iii and indie games companies in the UK and beyond. Related courses
- BA (Hons) Animation
- BA (Hons) Comic & Concept Art
- BA (Hons) Games Animation
- BSc (Hons) Games Development
In Year 1 you'll learn the key art skills and software knowledge needed to communicate ideas and create tangible art assets in the context of entertainment design and games development. You'll explore observational drawing practice and 3D art production, as well as game concepts, design and programming. In Year 2 you'll investigate the historical, theoretical and aesthetic dimensions of gaming practice. Working in a studio environment centred around industry roles, you’ll produce a ‘Vertical Slice’ for an original game prototype. You'll also construct an AAA studio style prop based on a photograph or concept of your choosing. In Year 3 you'll undertake self-directed pre-production of an individual or group project, and produce a dissertation relating to the contextual and/or theoretical concerns of your chosen area of practice.
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
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Additional entry requirements
A portfolio is required for this course. We’ll invite you to an Applicant Day where we’ll review your portfolio, or you can upload an online portfolio to your UCA Applicant Portal. Details will be provided once we've received your application.
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||6||Listening 5.5, Reading 5.5, Speaking 5.5, Writing 5.5|
We require evidence of your English language ability to meet the requirements for your course. If you're a Home student and studied in the UK, we require GCSE English at a minimum grade C/4 (or Functional Skills English/Key Skills Communication Level 2). If you’re an EU student and studied a European qualification, we may accept the English Language score from your main qualification - please review your country from the list on our website to see whether we will accept it: https://www.uca.ac.uk/international-study/equivalent-qualifications/ If your qualification is not on this list, we accept the following English language qualifications: IELTS (overall score 6.0), TOEFL ibt (overall score 88), PEARSON PTE Academic (overall 55), Cambridge Proficiency Exam (overall score 169), Cambridge Advanced Exam (overall score 169). If you need a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you will need to take an IELTS test, and achieve an overall score of 6.0 and a minimum score of 5.5 for each element (Listening, Reading, Speaking, Writing).
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250*||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250*||Year 1|
|Republic of Ireland||£16950*||Year 1|
*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.
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