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Course Content

Through workshops and practical projects you will master industry standard game engines while exploring the art of making games.

Mark Wickham
Course Leader

  • Year One
  • Produce concept art using 2D and 3D digital methods and develop your observational and interpretative drawing skills.
  • Study the commercial games sector and the debates and processes that inform games art and design from visiting industry professionals.
  • Meet visiting professionals from the games industry to gain valuable insights into the most current practices.
  • Year Two
  • Learn game design principles for indie development and take industry standard art tests in 2D, 3D and game design.
  • Conduct work-related learning through live briefs, simulated projects and collaborations with external organisations to develop negotiation, communication and time management skills.
  • Year Three
  • Engage with a year-long project broken into two parts: Concept and Pre-production; and Production and Post-production. Work as an individual or in a team and specialise in any area of games art and design development.
  • Build upon the skills you have acquired in research, analysis and communication to produce a high quality piece of academic writing, which may be of a standard for publication.
  • Prepare for entering the games industry, creating a professional profile online. Your portfolio, showreel and web presence will enable you to present yourself confidently in pursuit of your chosen career.

Visiting Lecturers

  • Siobhan Reddy
    Studio Director, Media Molecule
  • Anna Marsh
    Design Director, Lady Shotgun
  • Jay Hurren
    Musician, E-Z Rollers
  • Sean Millard
    Sumo Digital
  • Liam Wong and Michael Barclay
  • Matt Buxton, NUA graduate
  • Helen McCarthy
    Author on Anime, Manga and its influence on Game Culture
  • Chris Crawford
    Game Design Guru
  • Mitch Phillips
    Art Director, Ninja Theory
  • Paul Gravett
    Comic Scholar and Curator

Learning and teaching

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