Art, Design & Creative Media

BA (Hons) Games Art and Design - A077

12 Quays Full Time Higher Education

(UCAS Course Code W2W7/Institution Code W73)

If you are only applying for one course which is at Wirral Met, you can apply online. If you are applying for more than one course outside of Wirral Met, you must apply via UCAS.

Our Games Art and Design degree, validated by the University of Chester, will guide you to develop the range of skills needed to become a successful Games Artist, Designer, Producer or Entrepreneur and to work effectively alongside other developers.

We take a lot of care to provide an accessible and supportive studio atmosphere that encourages you to explore your individual creativity and interests. Throughout the degree you will get to experiment and challenge many aspects of games culture, design and artwork. We work with industry partners to provide you with a choice of pathways through flexible modules that prepare you with employable skills. The degree nurtures adaptable graduates who will consider and engage with the diversity of the games field, and who wish to learn how to apply their personal creative inspiration to find a role in the games industry.

You will focus on the development of highly transferable artistic techniques, and support this on a foundation of technical knowledge and research. These will give you the skills necessary to showcase your abilities and motivation through a practical portfolio.

Our facilities include modern PCs and access to Apple Macs, alongside a range of professional tools such as Wacom Cintiqs. Likewise, you'll develop skills using industry level software such as the Adobe Creative Cloud Suite, Substance Painter, Autodesk Maya, as well as Unity and Unreal games engines. We also emphasise the importance of artists and designers getting hands on with physical materials, so you will be making use of our real media studio spaces.

Course Details

The course is divided into modules that enable you to gain credit towards your final qualification. Each level accounts for 120 credits and you need 360 credits to achieve a BA (Hons) Degree. Level 4

  • Artistry for Games
  • Principles of Games Design
  • Studying Games: Theory and Practice
  • Applied Games Design
  • Studying Games: Perspectives in Culture
  • In your first year you'll be introduced to the studio facilities and begin your creative journey with us. At this level we reinforce the essential skills of draftsmanship, observation and artistic judgement that will underpin your creative work throughout the program. You will develop a suite of fundamental principles and processes upon which to build your approach to game design and apply your artistic practice. We also look at how games have evolved and the impact they have on our culture. Level 5

  • Specialist Games Artistry and Vocational Practice
  • Collaborative Production Design
  • Interfaces and Accessibility
  • Industry Experience
  • Studying Games: Industry Debates
  • In your second year you'll expand beyond the essential skills with projects that introduce more specialised practice using industry software and extended briefs. You will build an awareness of how to integrate and adapt work to specific audiences and technical constraints. There is a more pronounced focus on vocational and collaborative contexts and you will be supported in working with external developers. Choosing from one of our industry informed pathways you will be guided in the development of your individual expression in creative work and philosophical thought. Level 6

  • Production Planning and Development
  • Personal Research Project
  • Directed Design Project
  • In the third year you'll intensify your individual directions of study and consolidate your profile as an emerging professional. The modules at this level test a mixture of organisation and practical capabilities, as you work on self-directed and live projects with increased creative independence. You will negotiate a plan of research and portfolio development work that will lead to the completion of a proficient body of games design developmental and production work, suitable for seeking employment in industry. The year concludes with a degree exhibition where you will showcase the culmination of your capability, practice and unique creative voice.

    Entry Guidelines

    UCAS Tariff 104 points. 3 A levels including 2Cs plus an A or B in an Arts or Design subject.

    Applicants without an Art or Design subject, but with an A or B in another area, will be considered where they can evidence a strong portfolio of relevant work and can explain their reasons for suitability to study on the course.

    Applicants should normally have five GCSEs (A-C/9-4) and either A levels as outlined or have satisfactorily completed either a Foundation course, a BTEC National Diploma or Certificate in an appropriate Art & Design subject or other evidence of potential to study at Degree level.

    Applications are welcome from mature students, who may lack qualifications but who can demonstrate their suitability to study at this level.

    All applicants invited for interview must produce a portfolio of work.

    The ability to develop communication skills, English, Maths, action planning and use of information technology to levels appropriate to study Games Art and Design.

    If English is not your first language, you may need an English Language assessment before enrolling on this course. To discuss further, please contact the English Language Unit at the College.

    Equipment Required

    Students will be expected to produce a substantial range of real media and digital work during the three years. Access to computers, software and data storage will be available as part of the course's studio space, however, students may wish to utilise their own media production computers and real materials to support their studies.

    Assessment Method

    You will be assessed throughout the course via a portfolio of your work, along with reflective evaluations, practical projects, research reports, exams, technical skills assessments.

    Additional Information

    Applications for this course are normally made via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) at www.ucas.com You will need to indicate the following for this course: UCAS Institution code: W73 (Wirral Metropolitan College) Course code: W2W7

    Where can I progress to?

    Graduates should be equipped to apply for freelance work & employment as an Games Designer. Graduates may also wish to seek further study at MA level within a related discipline & PGCE teaching qualifications.

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    Starting 17th September 2019 - Ending - 25th June 2022REF A077L001

    If you are aged 19 or over:

    Fee : £7500.00

    The fee quoted is for the academic year 2019-20.

    For advice and guidance, please contact Student Services on 0151 551 7777 or call into our Conway Park Campus. Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 11 to 4pm and Wednesdays 4 to 6.30pm (term time only).


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