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Year of Entry 2021/22
BA (Honours)

Game Art with Foundation Year

Full-time Digital media

Gain a degree in game art, with an initial foundation year to prepare for the course.


Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
International/EU: £13,995 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
How long will I study? 4/5 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
What are the entry requirements? 80 UCAS Points
What is the UCAS code? A042
When do I start? September 2021
Placement year available? Yes

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Course summary

  • Prepare for the degree with an extra foundation year at the start.
  • Develop technical production skills through the creation of 2D and 3D artwork.
  • Collaborate in creative projects alongside programmers.
  • Work with cutting edge tools to produce various game art styles, and work to art limitations for use on different gaming platforms.
  • Work in partnership with Sony within our commercial games studio, Steel Minions.
  • Study at the only university in the UK to produce a game on a Sony platform.

This course will equip you with the practical skills required to work in the games industry ranging from concept to post-production, and you will graduate with a portfolio of projects.

How you learn

The course is suitable if you don't meet the entry requirements for our BA (Hons) Games Art course, or you want extra preparation before starting degree-level study. You share the first year with other media arts and communication foundation year students, then move on to the degree.

Throughout this course you will build a professional quality portfolio that is aimed at meeting the requirements of potential employers. The teaching and learning on this course is designed to help you do this.

You learn through

  • specialist technical workshops
  • group projects
  • one-to-one support
  • live projects
  • industry visits, field trips and festivals
  • self-directed and independent study

In the foundation year, you'll study wide-ranging media arts and communication topics, while also focussing on your particular subject area and completing assignments in that field. You'll grow as a creative, and begin developing a professional portfolio. You'll also become familiar with Hallam's exceptional facilities and staff, so you're fully prepared for undergraduate study.

Course leaders and tutors

Peter Spence
Peter Spence
Senior Lecturer

Currently teaching a number of film theory modules on the BA (Honours) Film and Media Production course, Peter is also an award-winning film-maker whose work has scr … Read more

Applied learning

Work placements

In year four, you have the opportunity to take a one-year paid work placement, which is an excellent way to enhance your graduate employment potential. Games design is a very competitive industry, and there are a limited number of placements available in games companies. You are supported in finding a placement by our experienced Placement and Employability Team who have a large range of employer contacts.

Live projects

You will have the opportunity to work on commercial opportunities with real-life clients. Previous students have designed game levels and concepts for Pixel Bullies and Sumo Digital, and worked with English Heritage to create a virtual tour of Conisbrough Castle.

Networking opportunities

During your degree you will have access to careers advisers, employability enhancing workshops and networking opportunities including guest speakers and master classes from the creative media industry. We also help you to master social media for networking and making contacts.

A number of industry days and events (Game Republic events, Pathways) are also held on campus where you can network with and attend talks and workshops run by creative media industry professionals and organisations.

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Future careers

This course prepares you for a career as a

  • concept artist
  • 2D artist
  • 3D environment artist
  • 3D character artist
  • animator

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for

  • Rare
  • Electronic Arts
  • Sumo Digital
  • Rockstar North
  • Forsaken Studios
  • SEGA Europe
  • Framestore
  • Jagex
  • Lightning Fish

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of online lessons and face-to-face teaching with access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with

  • the largest PlayStation teaching facility in the world
  • a motion camera lab
  • specialist virtual reality space
  • our commercial games studio , Steel Minions
  • 3Dstudio Max
  • Maya
  • ZBrush
  • Unreal Engine
  • Unity
  • Phyre Engine
  • Marmoset Toolbag
  • Photoshop
  • Quixel Suite
  • Knald
  • Substance Painter
  • Substance Designer
  • Marvelous Designer
  • World Machine
  • 3D Coat
  • Agisoft Photoscan
  • Oculus Rift
  • PlayStation VR

Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 80

With at least 32 points from one A level or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. For example:

  • CDD at A Level.
  • MMP in BTEC Extended Diploma.
  • A combination of qualifications which must include an A level grade C or BTEC grade M.

GCSE

  • English Language or Literature at grade C or 4 or equivalents*
  • Maths at grade C or 4 or equivalents*

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

• An Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 15 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate.

We may also accept you, if you have limited qualifications but can show evidence of ability and a genuine commitment to studying Media Arts and Communication.

We treat the foundation year as part of the Media Arts and Communication degree programme. Offers made to students will be for four years of study (or five years of study including a placement). This is made up of the foundation year plus one of our Media Arts and Communication degrees.

Some applicants may be invited to attend an informal interview with the course leader to ensure that the programme is suitable for themselves and their aspirations.

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Modules

Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

You can take an optional placement in year three.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Creative Synergies In Media Production Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Media In Context Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Media Project Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Preparing For Independent Practice And Study Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: 3D Modelling Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Game Design Theory Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Game World Mechanics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Level 4 Game Project Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Visual Concepts For Games 1 Credits: 20 Assessment: Practical
Module: Visual Concepts For Games 2 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 3

Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Experimental Game Practice Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 4

Elective modules
Module Credits
Module: 3D Games Prototyping Credits: 20
Optional modules
Module Credits
Module: Placement Year Credits: -

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: 3D Game Art Credits: 20
Module: Distribution Methods And Practices Credits: 20
Module: Final Game Project Credits: 40
Module: Game Development Credits: 20
Elective modules
Module Credits
Module: Life Drawing Credits: 20
Module: Pre-Production For Animation Credits: 20
Module: Sound Design And Sonic Arts Practice Credits: 20
Module: Visual Effects Project Credits: 20
Optional modules
Module Credits
Module: Placement Year Credits: -

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2021/22 is £9,250 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2021/22 is £13,995 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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