Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of Central Lancashire

Game Art

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Course summary

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The games industry is a double-edged sword in that while there are many exciting and diverse opportunities, it is also highly competitive. To address this, Futureworks has developed a Game Art degree which will produce graduates who have an extraordinarily wide skill set, thereby making them valuable as employees of either large game developers, or smaller independent game studios – or even as talented and in-demand freelancers. Our experience in the industry made us realise that there was a clear need for a game art degree that merged traditional core art skills with 3D digital skills and also included an understanding of other roles within the game development process. And this is that course.

Course details


HE Level 4 (Year 1): Art Fundamentals (40 credits), Visual Design 1 (20 credits), Introduction to 3D Modelling for Games (40 credits), Historical Contextual Studies (20 credits). HE Level 5 (Year 2): 3D Character Art (40 credits), 3D Environment Art (40 credits), Visual Design 2 (20 credits), Contemporary Contextual Studies (20 credits). HE Level 6 (Year 3): Honours Project (40 credits), Visual Design 3 (20 credits), Game Engine Project (40 credits), Personal and Professional Development (20 credits).

Assessment method

We want to do everything we can to prepare you for working within the creative industries, and this is reflected in the way we teach and assess you. The course is mostly coursework based, which means your tutors will be able to give you constant, constructive feedback. Presentation techniques will give you valuable experience of how to present your thoughts and ideas successfully and enthusiastically, so you are better at selling your ideas to prospective employers. The written work is an important part of assessment and will improve your communication skills. A combination of lectures, tutorials, peer reviews, discussions and observations will ensure that you’re industry ready. External trips will present you with a wider range of topics and the opportunity to expand your portfolio, whilst guest speakers will help you to understand the world of games, how it works and how you can make your mark on it.

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications from Tier 4 international students. For more information, please contact the course provider.

Application deadlines

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!

Application codes

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Course codeI620
Institution code F98
Campus nameFutureworks (Manchester Media School)
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

International applicants

We are unable to accept applications from EU & International students.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 104 points
A level BCC
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM

As part of the selection process you may be required to declare any unspent criminal convictions. Please see for further details.

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Additional entry requirements


Interviewer: Mark Penman (Programme Leader)


For your portfolio we recommend including some observational drawing, ideally life drawings. For any work that is large format or difficult to scan please take clear well-lit photographs of the pieces. As well as including work done for school or college we like to see personal art so feel free to include original character work, personal illustrations or original fan art (i.e. art not copied from something). Experience in digital drawing/painting or 3D is not necessary prior to starting the degree, but if you have explored any of these avenues already then we'd love to see them. We like to see 8 or more finished pieces and take the presentation of the work into account.

English language requirements

GCSE level 4 & above or equivalent

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

Additional fee information

We are unable to accept applications from EU & International students.
Game Art at Futureworks - UCAS