start your career in Games Art

Length

Two Years

Level

Level 3

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LOVE GAMES?

SO DO WE!

If you love computer games and would like to create artwork for your own, then this Level 3 Games Art course is the perfect way to prepare for a creative career or university.

. you will...

DESIGN ENVIRONMENTS, OBJECTS AND CHARACTERS
Learn about how games are created and develop the skills to create your own games art using industry standard software. Create 2D and 3D animations for use in games. Create assets and environments for games. Develop creative thinking.
DEVELOP DRAWING SKILLS
Explore a variety of digital art and design techniques and how images can tell stories as well as more traditional skills such as drawing and illustration.
UNDERSTAND GAMES ART IN CONTEXT
Learn about the history of art and its influence on the games industry.
DEVELOP WORK SKILLS
Develop your professional practice and understanding of the creative industries.

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  • START YOUR CREATIVE CAREER
  • GET INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE
  • GET A QUALIFICATION
  • DURATION & FEES
  • SIGNING UP
START YOUR CREATIVE CAREER

Choosing this Games Art Level 3 course will give you the skills to go on to university or into creative work.

It is an art-based course with a focus on graphic art and interactive design in games.

The creative sector is one of the fastest growing areas of the UK economy and a great and exciting place in which to work.

This Games Art course can lead on to:

  • A creative degree at university where you can gain further skills in preparation for work. This may be a Games degree or another subject which takes your fancy. You will need to complete both years of the course in order to generate the UCAS points for university entry.
  • Employment, or self-employment, in the creative industries. This may be as a games artist/illustrator, or it may be into another area of the creative industries. Possible roles include: games artist, art director, 3D modeller, concept artist and storyboard artist.
  • A creative apprenticeship as a stepping stone to work.
GET INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE

Being at Access Creative College is so much more than just doing a course. You will have the chance to get first-hand experience of games sector and creative industries.

Here are some of the opportunities you can take advantage of:

  • EVENTS: You’ll have unique opportunities to showcase your work via exhibitions.
  • UKIE: Access Creative College is a member of UKIE which represents the UK games industry and creates opportunities for young games developers. Year 2 students gain free membership opening up even more possibilities.
  • AUTODESK: The college is an Autodesk Academic Partner meaning that students can gain from additional accreditation and opportunities.
  • EMPLOYABILITY WEEKS: Three weeks in the year are dedicated to developing your work skills and showcasing your work.
  • MASTERCLASSES: The college promotes industry masterclasses by games professionals and industry players. These enable you to gain advice and guidance from working professionals.
  • KOMPASS: Get prepared for the world of work through opportunities and tips from our in-house careers portal.
GET A QUALIFICATION

On successful completion you will get a recognised qualification which you can add to your creative CV:

  • Two year BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design. This can generate up to 168 UCAS points on the current tariff. Please note these UCAS points are for a Distinction* and lower grades generate considerably fewer points.
  • The Extended Diploma is equivalent to three A Levels.
  • All assessment is via real-world project-based course work. There are no end of year exams.
DURATION & FEES
  • The Games Art level 3 course lasts for two years.
  • It is usually delivered over three to four days per week from September to June (daytime). How long you are in college will depend on what additional English and Maths sessions you need to attend.
  • If you are aged 16-18 on 31st August 2019, and/or at the start of your Games Art course then the course if FREE
  • FREE for 19-23s if you don’t have a previous full Level 3 qualification, otherwise, you will have to pay £4670.
  • For those aged 24+ you will pay £4,670 per year. However, you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the cost of this course. You will only have to repay the loan when you start to earn over £25,000 per year.
SIGNING UP

Applying for this Games Art course is easy.

All you need to do is fill in our short online application form. After you have created an account you will be able to provide links to online work, upload relevant documents and book an interview slot.

SKILLS SET:

  • We value your creative passion and skills above all else. However, you will also need to demonstrate that you are able to work at Level 3 (A Level standard). This means achieving at least four GCSEs at grades 4-9 (C-A*), including English, or other equivalent qualifications. Other grades will be considered on a case by case basis. Places are conditional based on this achievement and we will discuss options with you if you do not attain these.
  • For school leavers we will require evidence of your predicted and actual grades, ideally backed up by a school reference.
  • As a guide this course is for those who want to create art and design concepts for computer games. You should have a strong interest in a career in this area, but prior skills are not essential.
  • Please note you will not be able to enrol if you will be under the age of 16 on 31st August. Applications from people under this age are still welcome, but will be deferred to the following year.
  • INTERVIEW:
  • Please come prepared to talk about your interests, your current skills, the games art you like and your ambitions.
  • Please bring, or supply links to, any games-related work you may have produced, such as games ideas, characters and animations. This may be in the form of an online or physical portfolio.
  • You can view/download a detailed Interview Guide from the link below.
Interview Guide 2019
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