Art and Design
BA Game Art
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Combining creativity and knowledge of specialist technology, coupled with strong industry links, you will graduate with the skills required for roles as an environment artist, character artist, lead artist, technical artist or director.
This specialist art degree, accredited by ScreenSkills, will help you to master high-level 3D modelling skills, as well as develop your existing 2D traditional art skills, through modules including Game Production, Digital Art Practice and Traditional Art Practice. Showcase your talent and creativity by producing an industry-ready portfolio, with support from your academic and technical supervisors.
Our excellent facilities will include a dedicated games studio with a range of industry-standard software and high-spec PCs and consoles for producing 3D game content, a drawing studio and a suite of Cintiq graphics tablets. We will also have VR development facilities to support students who wish to work in visualization and virtual reality.
Our vibrant studio culture means you will always be at the forefront of the latest industry trends and techniques. You will also have the opportunity to take part in national and international creative events and challenges.
DMU Leicester recent graduates are working for companies such as Ubisoft, BMW, NaturalMotion, Playground Games, Codemasters, Dambusters Studios, Lockwood, Rockstar North and Jagex.
Reasons to choose
This course is recognised by ScreenSkills, the industry-led skills body for the UK's screen-based industries, and carries the ScreenSkills Select quality mark which indicates courses best suited to prepare students for a career in the screen industries.
Our Game Art BA course is an Unreal Academic Partner, a program which recognises exemplary universities that have already integrated Unreal Engine into their classes and labs.
Exhibit your work at the week-long our university’s art and design shows, where our students have the chance to meet talent scouts and win industry prizes.
Access one-to-one support from the Leicester Media School Drawing Centre to perfect your drawing skills and meet like-minded artists.
Benefit from a range of specialist guest lectures, including professional 3D artists, producers, art directors and studio heads.
Enhance your practical and professional skills with a range of dedicated internships and work placements. DMU Leicester past students have landed positions with Codemasters, Crytek, Ubisoft and the BBC.
Enjoy an international experience with DMU Global. DMU Leicester Game Art students have visited San Francisco for the renowned Game Developers
Conference, participated in the Berlin Games Festival and taken part in the GREAT Festival of Innovation in Hong Kong.
Benefit from Education 2030, where a simplified ‘block learning’ timetable means you will study one subject at a time and have more time to engage with your learning, receive faster feedback and enjoy a better study-life balance.
- Block 1: Game Art Fundamentals 1
- Block 2: Game Art Fundamentals 2
- Block 3: Game Art Essentials 1
- Block 4: Game Art Essentials 2
- Block 1: Intermediate Game Art Principles 1
- Block 2: Intermediate Game Art Principles 2
- Block 3: Group Project: Pre-Production
- Block 4: Group Project: Production
- Block 1: Professional Practice 1
- Block 2: Professional Practice 2
- Block 3: Personal Project: Planning and Pre-Production
- Block 4: Personal Project: Production
Note: All modules are subject to change in order to keep content current.
The course has a vibrant studio culture that encourages individuals to achieve their full potential. You will benefit from Education 2030 - DMU’s new way of delivering courses. Through block teaching, you will focus on one subject at a time instead of several at once.
Teaching and learning is primarily through practical workshops, seminars and lectures.
Assessment is through individual exercises, digital artefacts, digital sketchbooks, presentations and blogs. You will produce your own portfolio of professional standard work, guided by artists from the game industry and the teaching team session.
From Grand Theft Auto V to Star Citizen and Assassin’s Creed, DMU Leicester graduates make the games you play. Many have progressed to work as concept artists, character artists, lead artists, technical artists and directors, for leading companies such as Artificial Life, Rockstar North, SEGA, Sony and Ubisoft.
DMU Leicester Game Art graduate Patrick Herbison is a vehicle artist at Codemasters, where he builds accurate 3D models of real-world cars for games such as Dirt Rally 2, Grid, F1 and Forza Horizon 4.
He said: “The industry links on the course keep it up-to-date and relevant, as well as providing a forum for feedback from people working in the industry. I believe this helped me to secure a job at Codemasters before I had even finished the course.”
Students in the final year of secondary education institutions;
Students in the final year of technical, vocational, post-secondary and higher education institutions;
Graduates from secondary, post-secondary or higher education institutions.
As part of the selection process the Admissions team will consider the following
Your Qualifications + English Language ability + Personal Statement + Creative Portfolio
- Diploma of Secondary Vocational Education
- 5 GCSE/IGCSE’s at A*- E, or two GCE A levels (grades A- E), or three GCE AS levels (grades A-E)
- International Baccalaureate
- International Baccalaureate IB – a minimum of 20 points
- International Baccalaureate IB – Middle Years Programme – 28 points with a minimum grade of 3 in each component
- Creative portfolio
2. English Language
We care about your success.
Having a good foundation in English that you will further develop and enhance during your studies with us will give you the confidence and skills that will set you up for success.
The standard entry requirement is IELTS 5.0 (no component below 5.0) and TOEFL iBT 35 out of 120 with each section (Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing) to be not less than 9.
3. Personal Statement
As part of the selection process we will ask you to submit a short statement in English to describe your ambitions, skills, and experience. Your personal statement supports your application to study at the university. It’s a chance for you to say why you’d like to study a particular course or subject, and what skills and experience you possess that show your passion for your chosen field. It is an opportunity for you to write about YOU!
4. Letter of Recommendation from your last education institution
You will need to provide a reference letter from your previous school or college’s teacher, counsellor, or principal.
For September 2023/24 entry, our tuition fees for full-time undergraduate local and international students are 12,500$.
We will be offering a large number of discounts and scholarships as part of our offering.
Our Admissions team are here to provide you with advice on all aspects of money matters, including tuition fees, financial help and on funding your studies.
Apply and pay your security deposit by 15th January 2023 and take advantage of the following offer:
- receive early bird discount by paying of 8% for your first year’s tuition fees
- you pay 11,500 USD
Apply and pay your security deposit by 15th May 2023 and take advantage of the following offer:
- receive early bird discount by paying of 5% for your first year’s tuition fees
- you pay 11,875 USD
Your tuition fee is fixed at 12,500 USD for the remaining 3 years of study
- no fee increases!
Apply and pay full payment in advance and take and advantage of the following offers:
- 5% discount by paying for 1 year in advance
- 7% discount by paying for 2 years in advance
- 8% discount by paying for 3 years in advance
- 10% discount by paying for 4 years in advance
You must be the sibling, spouse or child of someone who is either currently studying on, or has graduated from, a full-time course here at DMU Kazakhstan. That relative must also be (or have been) classified as a local or international student.
Siblings: you and your sibling can have one or both parents in common.
Children/parents: you can be related by blood or by marriage.
Spouses: You can become eligible for this discount by marrying someone who is currently studying at the University.
We are proud to offer a range of income based and merit-based full and partial scholarships that will enable the most promising and talented young students from across the region to join our leading innovative university, despite financial adversity or economic hardship.
Early bird 2023 discount
Contact our Admissions team for further details on funding.