Master of Arts in Game Art

General

Program Description

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.

Introduction

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.

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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.

You’ll learn:

  • 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

Modules

  • Development Synergies
  • Game Art: Concepts and Contexts

Study block two

Modules

  • Group Game Development Project
  • Game Art 2: Crafting and Refining

Study block three

Modules

  • Major Project

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
  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Crit sessions
  • Tutorials
  • Guest speakers
  • Mentoring

How you'll be assessed

Coursework is the only form of assessment on this course.

Facilities

  • Dedicated space in a well-resourced game development studio, open late during term time.
  • Industry-standard studios.
  • 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.

Entry requirements

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.

Language requirements

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.)
Last updated Nov 2019

About the School

Established in 1902 as Falmouth School of Art, it has grown over a century to become a digital innovation hub. Today, its portfolio of undergraduate and postgraduate courses represents the breadth of ... Read More

Established in 1902 as Falmouth School of Art, it has grown over a century to become a digital innovation hub. Today, its portfolio of undergraduate and postgraduate courses represents the breadth of the Creative Industries, the fastest growing sector in the UK economy. Now, as we face the fourth industrial revolution; as technology provides great opportunities as well as challenges, it’s clear that Falmouth’s specialisms of creative innovation; creative thinking, problem-solving, communication and storytelling, will be key to future economic and cultural success both at a local and global level. Read less
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