Do you love computer games? Kick-start a career designing the animations that bring them to life with a degree in 3D Game Art. You’ll have access to up-to-date hardware and use industry standard software, ensuring everything you learn is current. Taught by industry experts and split between our High Wycombe Campus and BNU teaching base at Pinewood Studios, you’ll study in a world-renowned working studio and graduate with a portfolio of work. This course is offered as a four-year programme, including an initial Foundation Year. The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate programme. Why study this subject? The global gaming market continues to expand, offering a world of opportunity. Your love of gaming together with your creative and modelling skills could see you in numerous roles - from 3D Artist and Animator to Environmental Artist or Technical Animator. Why study at Buckinghamshire New University? At BNU we focus on preparing you for work in the industry, helping you to stand out when you graduate. Led by our enthusiastic and dedicated team of industry-savvy practitioners and experienced academics, you will have the freedom to explore all areas of 3D Game Art. You may also have guest lectures and can benefit from live project briefs, masterclasses, and plenty of networking opportunities. You’ll have access to all the software you need to bring your ideas to life. Our small group sizes enable staff and students to work together as a friendly and collaborative community of learners. It also means you’ll benefit from more one to one support with your lecturer. Opportunity modules are a key part of the BNU curriculum. You’ll choose modules in both your first and second year from a broad selection in areas such as sustainability, entrepreneurship, creativity, digital skills, personal growth, civic engagement, health & wellbeing and employment. Opportunity modules are designed to enable you to develop outside the traditional boundaries of your discipline and help you to further stand out from the crowd to future employers. What facilities can I use? We’ve made sure you have access to industry-standard equipment and software, including: *State-of-the-art Motion Capture Equipment *Unreal Engine *Unity *Maya *3DS Max *Substance Suite *Zbrush You will also use our BucksAnywhere web service, which provides access to many of the software applications you use for learning and studying and can be used from your own device or from a University owned PC or laptop, from any location. What will I study? You will be taught the fundamentals of 3D modelling and animation, and as your studies progress, your skills with modelling will also improve, and you will also learn about games engines and design. The focus of this course is on professional workflows for creating 3D assets such as characters, props and environments. You will learn how to export and set these up in a games engine and learn the fundamentals of interactivity and gameplay elements. The course has been intentionally designed to be flexible, to allow you as a student to select and pursue your own specialism within the field. You’ll discover both the animation and modelling aspect of the field, which you will then develop to include more advanced aspects such as organic sculpting, hair and clothes. You’ll undertake individual and project work, having the opportunity to take a set industry style project and a creative project to develop your specialist skills and build an industry ready portfolio. You’ll also be invited to join online groups where you'll meet the other students taking our animation, visual effects, game art and visualisation courses. These help to foster a sense of community and are places where extra-curricular collaborative projects, such as game jams, take place.
Foundation Year Core Preparing for Success: Knowledge and Creativity Preparing for Success: Self-development and Responsibility Inquiry and Research Skills Digital Media Computing Essentials Year one Core Introduction to 3D Modelling; Texturing and Look Development; Lighting and Rendering; Animation Principles and The Moving Figure; Visual Narrative. Opportunity 2 x 10 credit year one Opportunity modules Year two Core Game Engines; Virtual Environments for Games; Digital Sculpting; Simulated FX. Optional Plan Your Showreel (Placement); Rigging; Project; Character FX. Opportunity 2 x 10 credit year two Opportunity modules. Year three Core Industry Production Project; Portfolio; Showreel. Optional Creative Project: Preproduction Creative Project: Production.
On our course the teaching will feature a variety of approaches and technology, blended together to engage your learning in class and beyond, and to encourage your full participation. The teaching and learning strategies have been designed to ensure that there is progression from formal teaching through to independent learning as you progress through the levels of the programme. You will be taught by tutors and lecturers who are current or former industry practitioners, meaning they have in depth knowledge and experience that you can benefit from and in addition, you will experience industry guest masterclasses. You will be supported with workshops, lectures and seminars that introduce you to a range of topics around 3D development. What you learn will be assessed through a variety of means including coursework that is created with 3D software, presentations and writing a series of reflective journals. You’ll spend time learning and practicing the skills required by each unit before undertaking summative assessments the form of projects which will enable you to apply and combine their newfound skills together in a meaningful way while tackling tasks commonly found in the industry. Classes will take place in appropriate computer labs which are equipped with advanced computers and will allow you to explore the subject to the standard that a junior professional will be able to achieve. You’ll attend classes each week with a lecturer present and during these sessions you will have the opportunity to ask questions and get real time responses and feedback from both lecturers and other learners. Normally these will begin with a group seminar or demonstration and then break into 1:1s where you will have the opportunity to discuss your individual progress directly with your lecturer. Sometimes these seminars will be used for presentations and review in a manner that mimics the dailies process in industry. In addition to this there will be video based lecture content that will be focused on the demonstration of essential skills and clarification and expansion of key concepts and techniques. This will be facilitated via our online learning platform, where you will be able to access sets of recorded lectures which will each be on average 10 minutes long. Other learning techniques that will be employed appropriately to the situation include: *Demonstrations for new techniques *Group work *Video feedback *Peer review *Use of books, magazines, video and online resources *Research methods
How to apply
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Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the 3-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, will be considered for the 4-year programme including a Foundation 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.
Additional fee information
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