Concept Art for Games and Film

Study options

Award

BA (Hons)

Key facts

UCAS code:
I616
Study option:
Full-time
Duration:
3 Years
Start date:
20 September 2021

Expert academics

Learn with academics with experience and success in the concept art industries

Broaden your skillset

Master techniques from life drawing to motion capture ready to break into industry

Networking opportunities

Connect with companies in the capital of the UK and kick-start your career while you study

Hone your skills in concept art in the capital of the UK and learn the techniques you need to break into the creative side of the games and film industries.

If you’re a highly artistic and creative individual with a passion for games and film, look no further than a degree that is designed to push the boundaries of your imagination. The BA (Hons) Concept Art for Games and Film course is perfect for someone looking to enter the creative industries as a concept artist.

In this highly specialised course you’ll study life drawing, environment painting, character concept design, 3D modelling and rendering. You’ll learn how to apply these skills in the creation of beautiful and practical characters and worlds. As you progress you’ll develop your artistic skills by adding digital sculpting and advanced environmental artwork to your growing skillset.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BA (Hons) Concept Art for Games and Film

Course content

Throughout the course you will develop the technical and creative skills necessary to become a film or games concept artist. You’ll learn how to combine traditional art techniques with digital art skills to produce industry standard concept art.

In your second and third years, you will work as a concept artist in a collaborative project with other concept art students to design and develop more ambitious briefs. This is an amazing opportunity to experience what it is like working for a games or film studio.

During your final year, you’ll draw on all your skills to realise a final project with a live brief. Through research you’ll channel your ideas into your project and portfolio artwork. We discuss career development throughout the course to prepare you for work in the film and games sector.

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Year 1 compulsory modules
Year 1 compulsory modules
Character Concept Design 1 30 credits
Environment Concept Design 1 30 credits
Life Drawing 30 credits
Show 2 optional modules
Year 2 compulsory modules
Year 2 compulsory modules
Character Concept Design 2 30 credits
Environment Concept Design 2 30 credits
Life Drawing 2 30 credits
Show 3 optional modules

Entry requirements

  • Typical UCAS offer: 112 points
  • A levels: BBC
  • BTEC: DMM

For equivalent entry requirements in your home country, please see the information on our country pages.

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Facilities

The Hall

Integrate yourself with the buzz of digital technologies in The Hall, a space dedicated to seminar groups, group discussions and class meetings. The space is fully flexible, and can be configured to suit the needs of groups of up to 30 students with electrical points and multiple seating areas.

Careers

Our graduates have secured employment in roles such as concept artist, illustrator and 2D/3D games artist, including character and environmental artist. Companies include Playground Games, Fireproof Studios, Jagex, Antimatter Games, Testology and Mirror Image Design. Other graduates are working as freelance concept artists within the games and film industries.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and laboratory practicals. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.

Assessment

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our AccessAbility Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

Feedback

Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

Year 1

29% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
71% of time in independent study
0% of time in placements

Year 2

24% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
76% of time in independent study
0% of time in placements

Year 3

9% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
91% of time in independent study
0% of time in placements

Year 1

22% practical exams
78% coursework
0% written exams

Year 2

3% practical exams
97% coursework
0% written exams

Year 3

10% practical exams
90% coursework
0% written exams

Fees

For the course starting on 20 September 2021 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for BA (Hons)-Full-time
Study option UK / Channel Islands International
Full-time £9,250 per year of study £14,000 per year of study

UK and Channel Island students: This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX**. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any change as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

**RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.

International students: Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course, as long as you complete it in the normal time-frame (i.e. no repeat years or breaks in study).

Accommodation and living costs
Accommodation and living costs

Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees.

Sources of financial support

If you receive funding from Student Finance you may be eligible to apply for additional benefits. Details can be obtained by visiting: www.gov.uk

Scholarships and additional funding

As an undergraduate student at Staffordshire, you may be eligible for additional financial support through one of our scholarships and bursaries. You can visit our funding page to find out more and check your eligibility.

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