BA (Honours) Game Art

Year of Entry 2024/25
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BA (Honours)

Game Art

Full-time Digital media

Prepare for your creative career in the games, graphics or multimedia industry.

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    What is the fee?

    Home: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
    International/EU: £16,655 per year (£1,200 for placement year)

  • Time

    How long will I study?

    3 / 4 Years

  • Location

    Where will I study?

    City Campus

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    What are the entry requirements?

    112-120 UCAS points

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    What is the UCAS code?

    W280

  • Date

    When do I start?

    September 2024

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    Placement year available?

    Yes


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Course summary

  • 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.


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How you learn

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

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

Course leaders and tutors

Adam Shepherd
Adam Shepherd
Senior Lecturer in Creative Media

I teach within Games Design. During my time at the university I have taught 3D modelling, Rigging, Texturing and Animation through levels 4-7, as well as various ski … Read more

Applied learning

Work placements

In year three, 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.


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 lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as 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

  • 112-120

This must include at least 64 points from two A levels, or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. For example:

  • BBC-BBB at A Level.
  • DDM in BTEC Extended Diploma.
  • Merit overall from a T level Qualification
  • A combination of qualifications, which may include AS levels, EPQ and general studies.

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

GCSE

  • English Language at grade C or 4
  • Maths at grade C or 4

• Access - 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, in an art or media-related programme from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate

If English is not your first language you must have 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.

If your application is successful, you will be invited to submit a portfolio of work to demonstrate your ability. Find out about the selection process and how to produce a strong portfolio.

We welcome applications from people of any age. We may be flexible in our normal offer if you can show a commitment to succeed and have the relevant skills and experience. This must show that you will benefit from and finish the course successfully.

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.

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


Modules

Important notice: The structure of this course is periodically reviewed and enhanced to provide the best possible learning experience for our students and ensure ongoing compliance with any professional, statutory and regulatory body standards. Module structure, content, delivery and assessment may change, but we expect the focus of the course and the learning outcomes to remain as described above. Following any changes, updated module information will be published on this page.

You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
3D Modelling
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Game Design Theory
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Game World Mechanics
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Level 4 Game Project
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Visual Concepts For Games 1
Credits 20
Assessment Practical(100%)
Visual Concepts For Games 2
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Year 2

Compulsory modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
3D Animation Project
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
3D Character Modelling
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Professional Development Project
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Prop Development
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Real-Time Environment Creation
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)

Elective modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
App Design And Development
Credits 20
Assessment Practical(100%)
Creative Sound Practice
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Documentary Production (Photography, Sound And Moving Image)
Credits 20
Assessment Practical(100%)
Experimental Game Practice
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Introduction To Concept Art
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Virtual Reality Design
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Year 3

Optional modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
Placement Year
Credits -
Assessment
Final year

Compulsory modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
3D Game Art
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Final Game Project
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Game Professional Practice
Credits 20
Assessment Practical(100%)

Elective modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
Game Studio Project
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Life Drawing
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Pre-Production For Animation
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Sound Design And Sonic Arts Practice
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Visual Effects Project
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2024/25 is £9,250 per year. These fees are regulated by the UK government and are therefore subject to changes in government policy. 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 2024/25 is £16,655 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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