Are you an artist who is passionate about games? Do you want to develop art skills to meet the challenges of the games industry? At Falmouth, you'll work with Programmers and Designers in a studio environment to make innovative and arresting art for games.
Nurture your creativity as you collaborate with like-minded artists in an inspired and focused space. We welcome illustrators, painters, fine artists, sculptors, architects, graphic designers, or anyone with a passion for the visual dimensions of games. Whatever your artistic background, you’ll graduate from this course as a knowledgeable, workplace-ready professional with a strong insight into the games industry.
What you'll learn
We cover a range of areas to aid your growth both creatively and technically. By the second study block, you’ll already be putting your skills into context by working on a game art project and learning to co-create in a team. This all leads up to a final submission where you’ll have the opportunity to build a game with coders and designers in a full development team, or if you prefer, craft your own standout portfolio piece.
2D and 3D art creation methods, including concept, environment and character art.
Core drawing skills.
Game development pipelines, techniques and processes (such as Agile development and version control).
What a game development career requires.
Teamwork skills across disciplines on live projects.
Study block one
Game Art: Concepts and Contexts
Study block two
Group Game Development Project
Game Art 2: Crafting and Refining
Study block three
The modules above are those being studied by our students or proposed new ones. Programme structures and modules can change as part of our curriculum enhancement and review processes. If a certain module is important to you, please discuss it with the course leader.
How you'll learn
You’ll gain stylistic and technical skills through practical, hands-on learning. Including:
Life drawing, painting and sculpture
How you'll be assessed
Coursework is the only form of assessment on this course.
Our team is made up of industry leaders, professional artists and game art practitioners. You'll benefit from expert teaching and guidance from professionals who have worked on award-winning titles such as Project Gotham Racing, James Bond Bloodstone and World Rally Championship.
Some members of staff only teach on specific modules, and your course might not feature every member.
Dedicated space in a well-resourced game development studio, open late during term time.
VR/AR lab and cutting-edge hardware (HoloLens, Vive Pro, Oculus Rift).
Professionally-favoured software, management tools and game engines.
A well-equipped life drawing-room.
Industry-standard hardware and software, including Cintiqs.
How to apply
We welcome applicants with varied qualifications, but typically you'll need an undergraduate degree in a related discipline. Our typical applicants hold an undergraduate degree of 2:2 or above or equivalent experience.
We’ll also welcome your application if you have formal or 'certified' learning (such as training courses not run by universities or colleges) and learning from work experience or self-study. This is called Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) and should have been gained within the last five years, and be equivalent to the learning outcomes of our minimum entry qualifications.
APL applicants using the experience to apply should note there is a £200 application fee for entry with advanced standing or with exemption from specific modules or credit.
If English isn’t your first language, you'll need to demonstrate English language skills that are sufficiently developed for successful completion of your studies. We accept a range of recognised English language qualifications that are equivalent to the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic minimum score of 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening.
International applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK must take an approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) to fulfil government visa requirements or have a recognised language test approved and vouched for by the University. Our Applicant Services team can help with any questions you may have about study visas or suitable language tests.
Tuition fees 2020-21
£8,500 - full-time UK/EU (£250 acceptance fee payable. This is deducted from tuition fees.)
£16,000 - full-time international (acceptance fee up to £1,000 payable, dependent on nationality. This is deducted from tuition fees.)
Tuition fees are set annually and are subject to review each year. The University may, therefore, raise tuition fees in the second or subsequent years of a course, in line with inflation and/or the maximum permitted by law or Government policy. Students will be notified of any changes as soon as possible.