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BA Games Art and Design overview

The games industry is a fascinating and awesome place that is constantly evolving and being driven forward by new technologies, markets and user experiences. Games are more diverse than ever.

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BA (Hons) Games Art and Design is Creative Skillset accredited, part of the PlayStation®First Academic Development Programme and holds Apple University Developer Status. Through workshops and practical projects you will master industry standard game engines to create assets using 2D and 3D game development software, while exploring the art of making games, analysing their artistic and cultural value and gaining a critical appreciation of the mainstream and indie sectors.

An industry standard studio equipped with the latest software provides the setting for working on industry live briefs, developing professional practice and entering international competitions while you take advantage of opportunities to engage with the course’s industry contacts. Recent graduates include three BAFTA-winning games designers, the V&A’s first Games Designer in Residence, six teams of Dare to Be Digital finalists and employees at Apple, Sony and EA. You will graduate with an online portfolio, a digital showreel and a playable demo as well the skills to pitch yourself and network effectively to the games industry.

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Four year option available

This course can include a Year 0. This will benefit applicants who would like the extra year to improve their skills and/or grow their confidence in this particular discipline before embarking on the BA (Hons). Find out more about the 4 Year Degree option.

NUA at Norwich Gaming Festival

Norwich University of the Arts is Lead Education Partner of Norwich Gaming Festival. Watch this video to explore live demonstrations and find out more about Norwich Gaming Festival.

TIGA Accreditation

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“Inspiring lecturers and great facilities” and “an impressive track record of getting students into work in the games industry” have led to prestigious TIGA Accreditation for NUA’s BA Games Art & Design course.

TIGA Accreditation recognises the close connections of the course with the industry – in both teaching practice and the employment prospects for graduates.

Accreditation follows NUA being named the UK’s “Best Educational Institution” at the 2017 TIGA Awards in November.

PlayStation®First Accreditation

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BA (Hons) Games Art and Design at Norwich University of the Arts is part of the PlayStation®First Academic Partnership Programme offered by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE). The course has been awarded PlayStation®First status by fostering best practices in game related art and design.

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“Seeing what other people are working on, asset production, concept art or indie development, makes you feel part of a dynamic community.”

Abigail Hookham
Games Art and Design graduate

Industry accreditation

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Creative Skillset‘s course accreditation scheme, devised in consultation with industry and education providers, recognises courses within the UK that provide exceptional standards of training.

“The course is relevant to industry’s needs and will help produce the kinds of skilled, talented graduates who are the lifeblood of the UK’s creative sector.”

Martin Lynagh
Producer, Media Molecule


“NUA gave me a really solid foundation in understanding the game development process and emphasised the importance of collaboration.”

Consider your career progression as a NUA graduate and read about the experiences of graduates such as Designer Zoltan Fejes.

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“My creative practice has developed massively. Learning the actual process involved in creating good concept art means I tackle projects with much more confidence.”

Megan Finnegan
Games Art and Design graduate

Course content

  • Visiting Lecturers include
  • Siobhan Reddy
    Studio Director, Media Molecule
  • Jay Hurren
    Musician, E-Z Rollers
  • Chris Crawford
    Game Design Guru

Find out about how the course combines practical making and professional skills in Years 1, 2 and 3 and more about the programme of Visiting Lecturers.

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Teaching Staff

Read about the achievements of the practitioners who teach on this course.

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Campus Resources

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