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Games Development (Art) BA (Hons)

University of Huddersfield

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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary

About the course

Do you see yourself as an artist? Do you love the idea of creating the visual elements of a game? From characters to environments, props to vehicles, in both 2D and 3D, good computer game artists create intricate pieces of art through visual storytelling and cohesive design to engage and immerse a player in another world.

On this course, we will explore what is possible with games art and development, learn more about conceptualisation, creative production, character and environment art, level design and prototyping with game engines, all of which are built through ever advancing technology. We’ll encourage you to get creative and ambitious with your designs and develop visionary artwork.

Our three Games Development courses share a common first year, so you will gain a thorough understanding in the basics of the game development process, including how to plan, design and create game ideas and concepts. Learning to produce design prototypes, concept and artwork, scripting and playtesting all to learn the skills of the entire game production cycle. We’ll also aim to introduce new technologies and developments that emerge in the games industry, as well as exploring the subject in context, exploring current research, issues and ideas. As the course progresses and you develop a broader appreciation for all art disciplines and as your understanding evolves you will become more specialised in your chosen area. Producing art and design prototypes you’ll work both on your own but also in a group setting so we can support you in developing your team working abilities, which reflects the way the industry operates. Developing an understanding of the entire game production cycle leads to a more efficient and industry employable game developer.

Our Games Development (Art) course explores various art techniques:

  • Visual design
  • Character creation
  • Environmental design
  • Digital sculpting
  • 2D Asset creation

During your studies, you’ll also have the chance to take part in lots of internal Game Jams. We’ll also encourage you to get involved in externally organised events like the Global Game Jam, Grads in Games and Game Republic.

Your course is designed for the real world – it carries the ‘ScreenSkills Tick’, which identifies courses best suited to prepare you for a Creative Industries career. We know you'll graduate aiming to gain a job in the industry, so we maintain active links with business and industry figures. If you’d like to take what you’ve learnt out into the real world, we also give you the opportunity to spend a placement year working in the industry.

Our Placement Unit can help you find a position that’s right for you. Alternatively, we have a small number of placements available in our in-house games development studio, Canalside Studios, where you could find yourself working as part of a team developing games for a range of platforms including mobile, iPhone /Android and VR development with latest VR technologies. Previous students have also developed commercial titles as far back as the Xbox 360 to Steam and Nintendo Switch.

Finally, if you’re a student from within the UK, you could even think about starting your own small business while you’re here by applying for the Enterprise Placement Year (EPY).

Your career

As a graduate of this course, you may consider employment in a wide range of sectors including the automotive, construction, manufacturing, design, medical and electronics industries. You could consider roles such as software engineer, design and test engineer and lead engineer to name a few.

Application deadline

25 January

Tuition fees

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(international fees)

£ 16,000per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Huddersfield

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  • Campus address

    University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, Huddersfield, Kirklees, HD1 3DH, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    52nd out of 87 1

    57th out of 114 5

  • Entry standards

    / Max 239
    135 61%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    55.0 55%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.83 77%


  • Entry standards

    / Max 236
    135 57%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    78.0 78%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.62 72%



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