Abertay University

Computer Arts Abertay University Degree level: Undergraduate


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Computer art is everywhere in today's culture, from film and advertising to computer games and gallery installations. Abertay's BA (Hons) in Computer Arts will prepare you for an exciting career in a rapidly expanding industry. Accredited by Creative Skillset, this programme will ensure you graduate with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the creative industries. Design and undertake practical projects in concept development, 2D design, 3D art production, animation and game art development. Build team-working and interpersonal skills during collaborative projects with students from across Abertay's School of Design and Informatics. Work on project briefs set by media and computer games companies.

Course details


Core modules (subject to change over time) - Art Practice & Visual Literacies; Elementary Animation; 3D Digital Design; 3D Production Methods; Narrative & Animation; Interactive Media Production; Professional Project Planning & Prototyping; Computer Arts Practice; Professional Project Development & Delivery and Honours Project. Other modules that may be offered (subject to change over time) - Digital Media Practice; Interactive & Augmented Places; Digital Media Contexts; Arts & Technology; Technical Art Applications; Spatial Constructs; Critical & Contextual Studies; Advanced Animation & Dynamics.

Assessment method

Much of your time will be spent in lectures and practical tutorials where you work with staff, peers and industry mentors, to develop solutions to project briefs. Tutorial sessions focus on developing ideas, process and technique to lead to a final outcome. Portfolios of creative work form the majority of assessment, often submitted with supporting documentation to underpin creative practice. Academic writing contributes to many assessments, often in the form of critical analysis or reflective reports. Verbal presentations are core to assessment, exposing your research and development process to the programme team and industry mentors. Assessment on the programme is in the form of portfolios of creative work, academic writing of critical and reflective form, and through verbal presentation of own and others work in critical and/or reflective modes. There are no formal examinations on the programme.

How to apply

This course has limited vacancies, and is no longer accepting applications from some students. See the list below for where you normally live, to check if you’re eligible to apply.




Northern Ireland



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

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code GW42
Institution code A30
Campus name Abertay Campus
Campus code -

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
A level BBC To include Art or Graphic Design or Design and Technology: Production Design

For entry into Year 2 we would look for AAB to include Computing and Art
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDM Art and Design
Creative Digital Media Production
Creative Media Production
Scottish Higher AABB To include Art or Photography or Graphic Communication or Production Design
HNC (BTEC) M Entry into Year 1 with one of the following:-
3D Design
Creative Media Production
Graphic Design
Interactive Media
HND (BTEC) M Entry into Year 2 with Creative Media Production
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 30 points To include Visual Arts or Fine Art at S5 or H4
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H2, H2, H3, H3 To include Art
Scottish Advanced Higher AAB Entry into Year 2 to include Computing and Art
Scottish HNC Pass Entry into Year 1 with an HNC in one of the following:-
3D Computer Animation - Graded Unit A
3D Design - Graded Unit A
Art & Design - Graded Unit A
Computer Arts & Design - Graded Unit A
Contemporary Art Practice - Graded Unit A
Interactive Media - Graded Unit A
Visual Communication - Graded Unit A
Game Design Production Management - Graded Unit A plus an essential subject at B
Games Development - Graded Unit A plus an essential subject at B
Illustration - Graded Unit A
Scottish HND Pass Entry into Year 3 with HND Computer Arts & Design - Graded Unit A

Entry into Year 2 with an HND in one of the following:-
3D Computer Animation - Graded Unit A
Illustration - Graded Unit A

Entry into Year 1 with an HND in one of the following:-
Art & Design - Graded Unit A
Visual Communication - Graded Unit A
Game Design Production Management - Graded Unit A plus an essential subject at Higher B
Games Development - Graded Unit A plus an essential subject at Higher B

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Additional entry requirements


You will be required to submit an e-portfolio of your work

English language requirements

We look for applicants to have achieved an overall IELTS score of 6.0 with no individual test lower than 5.5. Some degrees have higher requirements - refer to the 'entry routes' tab of each degree for more detail.

List of English Language Requirements


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £1,820 Year 1
International £14,600 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £1,820 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

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