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Game Art Animation SAE Institute Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: Middlesex University


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Have you ever wanted to create a fire-breathing dragon from your favourite video game? Or those cool-looking weapons from many of todays VR simulations? Combine your artistic talents with your love for video games and animation, and turn that creative combination into your dream career.

Traditional skills, such as sketching and life drawing, inform character design work in 3D, allowing you to develop your craft using industry-standard technology and production methods.

You will create 3D art for games played across multiple platforms and you'll build worlds that players want to lose themselves in.

Our hands-on approach will see you experimenting with different design concepts to find your own personal flair. At the same time, you'll learn how to interpret creative briefs and discover how to successfully bring games to market.

Closely supervised by our team of dedicated professionals, you will hone your skills and produce your own showreel to ensure that you are job-ready on graduation.

Course details


Our fast-track degree means you can graduate and be earning and doing what you love in just two years.

Year 1:
Trimester 1- 2D Fundamentals; Information, Communication and Professional Media Practice.
Trimester 2 - 3D Fundamentals; Rendering and Animation Fundamentals.
Trimester 3 - Applied Production Techniques and the Production Pipeline; Elective module (see website for details).

Year 2:
Trimester 4 - Advanced Character Animation and Production Rendering; Marketing, Business Planning and Law.
Trimester 5 - Research Practice and Society; Elective module (see website for details).
Trimester 6 - Major project.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

Applicants must meet the general entry requirements outlined below. You will also need to provide evidence that you are proficient in the English language. More details can be found at

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 72 points
A level A* - C A*-C including both English and mathematics

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £7,000 Year 1
International £11,000 Year 1
England £7,000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £7,000 Year 1
Scotland £7,000 Year 1
Wales £7,000 Year 1

Additional fee information

For the London, Oxford and Liverpool campuses, fees are £9,000 per year for UK/EU students and £13,000 per year for international students. Fees at our Glasgow campus are £7,000 per year UK/EU and £11,000 per year for international students. N.B. From September 2019 fees at our Glasgow campus will be £7,500 per year UK/EU and £11,500 per year for international students.

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