Game Art & Production Course
Our BA (Hons) Game Art & Production one-year Top-up Degree programme is an exciting course based in Bristol at our University Centre WISE campus. This innovative third-year degree level provision is available to both existing SGS Higher Education and University Centre degree level students, as well as external applicants with the relevant qualifications. The course is focused on providing you with the relevant skills to become a professional games industry member.
This one-year top-up degree programme combines students from both technical and artistic disciplines, simulating a real-world games development studio environment, further developing professional skills required to create innovative and captivating game content. You will also gain valuable knowledge on how to succeed in the games industry using industry-standard software, methods, and pipelines. Software used includes Unreal Engine game development software; Visual Studios integrated development environment software; Perforce version control software, Autodesk Maya 3D modelling software; ZBrush sculpting software; Photoshop image-editing software; Substance Suite and Ableton audio editing software.
Within the course and as preparation for entering the creative industries, through a combination of elective specialist lectures; dedicated group work; and independent working experiences, students will gain an opportunity to master disciplines established over the past two years and solidify key requirements and skills expected within the games industry. The content will help you develop outstanding communication skills, by assessing your team members complementary strengths. This will thoroughly equip you with the relevant skills and knowledge to build a professional portfolio ready to land your first job in the games industry.
Combining creativity with emerging and established technology, you will be part of a top-up degree offering innovation, imagination, and employability at its heart.
Why SGS Higher Education and University Centre?
We have dedicated specialist tutors and smaller class sizes offering you the support you need to help develop at the pace that’s right for you. Alongside this, we have industry professionals providing bespoke lectures within different disciplines.
Get Kraken, our in-house studio offers an exciting opportunity for you to work in a real studio alongside your studies. If selected, you will become part of the team designing and developing a game to be released in the 2nd year of the course!
We are part of Bristol Academy of Media (BAM) so can offer collaboration between the two departments: Games and Media. This helps expand the reach of the course and provides the opportunity to learn about the wider avenues surrounding the technologies used.
Alongside your study you will have the opportunity to get involved in our Sports Academy. Whether you're a top-level athlete or you just want to give something a go, you can get involved with our sports academies, the competing arm of SGS Sport. Students can 'bolt on' a sports academy alongside their full-time study programme.
Understanding the Games Industry
The games industry is rapidly growing globally. Within the UK, over 44 million people play video games; the industry employs over 47,000 people; and is worth upwards of £4 billion. On completion of the course you can top up to get a BA (Hons) in Game Art and Production or work within the games industry as a freelancer, indie developer, or in a AAA company. Previous students now work for Auroch Digital, Flaming Fowl Studios, Flix Interactive, Double Eleven and many more.