Develop skills essential to the fast-moving computer games industry with our Computer Games Art BA (Hons) degree in Cambridge. Accredited by TIGA, our Computer Games Art degree will allow you to develop art skills relevant to the fast-moving computer games industry. You’ll gain 3D computer games skills including modelling, texturing and animation, enabling you to create characters, environments and more. During your studies, you’ll discover how you can use your visual research, creative experimentation and technical development to forge a career as a computer games artist. You’ll learn how to plan your designs by creating concept art before bringing them to life using interactive software such as Unity 3D. ARU is the place to be for studying Computer Games Art. The East of England has 135 active games companies (https://gamesmap.uk/), with Cambridge home to developers including Jagex, Frontier Developments and Ninja Theory, who are currently building a new base on Newmarket Road complete with a gaming pub. Our Computer Games Art course scored 92% for ‘The Teaching on my Course’ in the National Student Survey 2019. By studying Computer Games Art at ARU, you’ll get the chance to improve your prospects with live briefs and guest speakers from tech giants like Sony, Jagex and Frontier. Our flexible modules allow you to explore different aspects of digital art, helping you specialise and future-proof your career. And with TIGA accreditation, this course gives you a badge of excellence to show future employers too. We're also partners with the Global Science & Technology Forum, giving you access to cutting-edge research materials. During your time at ARU, you’ll receive ongoing support to find placements and work experience relevant to your Computer Games Art and you can take an optional placement year. In recent times, ARM, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, Frontier and Just Flight have all offered internships and work opportunities to ARU students. Careers 81% of the UK computer games industry is educated to at least undergraduate level, rising to 88% for core games production roles in art or programming. The skills and knowledge you acquire on our Computer Games Art degree course will not only help you to land a career in the gaming industry but also equip you with in-demand skills across other sectors, including film and television production, marketing, and web design. Through work-based projects, internships and placements, students are can get hands-on practical opportunities. In recent times, ARM, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, Frontier and Just Flight have all offered internships and work opportunities to ARU students. During your studies, you’ll get the chance to take part in our annual festival, Brains Eden. Co-organised by local gaming network Games Eden, this four-day event includes a 48-hour games jam in which teams of students and major studio reps compete to create a game – the perfect way to raise your profile in the industry. Graduation doesn’t need to be the end of your time with us, of course. You might decide to stay at ARU and continue your Computer Games Art studies with our MA Computer Games Development (Art). Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and get 20% off your fees.
Year 1 Core modules: Concept Development and Digital Sculpting Creative Research in Computer Games Introduction to Computer Games Art Computer Games Art Year 2 Core modules: Advanced Computer Games Art Character Rigging and Animation Computer Games Development Digital Practice in Computer Games Art Year 3: Work Placement (Cambridge School of Creative Industries) Year 4: Major Project for Computer Games
You’ll show your progress through a combination of written and practical work. Modules are subject to change and availability.
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
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You will be asked to provide a digital portfolio for review and will be given the option to book a meeting to discuss this with us. If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.0 (Academic level) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University. You may also be accepted to this course with an IELTS 5.5 (Academic level- with no individual score being lower than 5.5) or equivalent English Language qualification as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University, but will then be required to undertake additional compulsory free English language modules in your first year.
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250*||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250*||Year 1|
|Republic of Ireland||£9250*||Year 1|
*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.