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Computer Games (Art & Animation)

This programme is designed for those who want a career as a games artist and can also lead to opportunities in pre-visualisation for TV and film or in video SFX. Art and Animation will appeal to students who wish to combine their traditional art skills with the latest creative technology in 3D art, animation and motion graphics.

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UK & EU Students

Course Details

Classification:BSc (Hons)

Course Duration:4-5 Years

Course Start Date:12 September 2016

Course Mode:Part Time

Subject Area:Computing, Creative and Design

Location:GCU

Course Fees

Students from England, Wales or Northern Ireland

Year Fee Description/Notes
2016/17 Contact us Fees at GCU include all tuition, library, examination & administrative costs. A guide to fees at GCU.

Students from Scotland and the rest of the EU

Year Fee Description/Notes
2016/17 Contact us Fees at GCU include all tuition, library, examination & administrative costs. A guide to fees at GCU.

Minimum Entry Requirements

Year 1 Entry RequirementsSQA Higher: BBB including Art & Design
A level: CCD including Art & Design
ILC Higher: BBB including Art
IB Diploma: 24 points including Visual Arts
Btech Level 3 Extended Diploma: MMP in relevant subject and successful portfolio submission.
Year 2 Entry Requirements15 credit HNC 3D Computer Animation with B in the Graded Unit.
Year 3 Entry RequirementsHND 3D Computer Animation with B in the Graded Units.
Additional InformationAll candidates are required to submit a portfolio.

Non UK/EU Students

Course Details

Classification:BSc (Hons)

Course Duration:4-5 Years

Course Start Date:12 September 2016

Course Mode:Part Time

Subject Area:Computing, Creative and Design

Location:GCU

Course Fees

Year Fee Description/Notes
2016/17 Contact us Fees at GCU include all tuition, library, examination & administrative costs. A guide to fees at GCU.

Minimum Entry Requirements

Year 1 Entry RequirementsSQA Higher: BBB including Art & Design
A level: CCD including Art & Design
ILC Higher: BBB including Art
IB Diploma: 24 points including Visual Arts
Btech Level 3 Extended Diploma: MMP in relevant subject and successful portfolio submission.
Year 2 Entry Requirements15 credit HNC 3D Computer Animation with B in the Graded Unit.
Year 3 Entry RequirementsHND 3D Computer Animation with B in the Graded Units.
English LanguageStudents whose first language is not English will normally be required to hold the equivalent of an Academic IELTS test score of 6.0 with no element less than 5.5.
INTO PathwayIf you do not meet the academic requirements, you may be eligible for a preparatory programme with INTO GCU. Successful completion of these INTO courses means a guaranteed conditional offer of a place on the degree programme at Glasgow Caledonian University.

Additional InformationAll candidates are required to submit a portfolio.

College Students

Course Details

Classification:BSc (Hons)

Course Duration:4-5 Years

Course Start Date:12 September 2016

Course Mode:Part Time

Subject Area:Computing, Creative and Design

Location:GCU

Course Fees

Year Fee Description/Notes
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Minimum Entry Requirements

Year 1 Entry RequirementsSQA Higher: BBB including Art & Design
A level: CCD including Art & Design
ILC Higher: BBB including Art
IB Diploma: 24 points including Visual Arts
Btech Level 3 Extended Diploma: MMP in relevant subject and successful portfolio submission.
Year 2 Entry Requirements15 credit HNC 3D Computer Animation with B in the Graded Unit.
Year 3 Entry RequirementsHND 3D Computer Animation with B in the Graded Units.
Additional InformationAll candidates are required to submit a portfolio.

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Programme description

The computer games industry continues to grow as more people play games on their consoles, PCs, tablets and smart phones and on social media sites.

The BSc Computer Games programmes aim to produce graduates with the right mix of practical skills and technical knowledge to enter this sector, which currently has a high demand for qualified practitioners.

The University has excellent studio facilities including HD Video Production Suite, Art Studio, Digital Audio Recording Studio, Game Design Studio featuring 3D Laser Scanning tools, Motion Capture tools and a Rapid Prototyping machine. There is also a User Experience lab where games can be tested and evaluated.

Art and Animation will appeal to students who wish to combine their traditional art skills with the latest creative technology in 3D art, animation and motion graphics. The programme is designed for those who want a career as a games artist. It can also lead to opportunities in pre-visualisation for TV and film or in video SFX.

What you'll learn

Year 1: Drawing for Design, Introduction to Games Design, Digital Photography, Introduction to Animation, Fundamentals of 3D Modelling, Integrated Project (each year of all programmes)

Year 2: Introduction to Games Programming, Games Design, 3D Modelling & Digital Sculpting, Introduction to 3D Animation, Human Computer Interaction

Year 3: User Psychology, Advanced Character Animation, Games Pre-production Workshop, 3D Production for Industry, Research Methods and Professional Issues

Year 4: Advanced 3D Visualisation and Animation, Creative Practice, Portfolio, Industrial Project, Honours Project

Work placement

The programme offers an optional placement year between 3rd and 4th year.

HM Forces

In partnership with HM Forces, GCU has identified this programme is being particularly suited to military and ex-military men and women. Visit the HM Forces Careers Zone for more information on the services we provide.

Assessment Methods

We use a traditional range of methods include examinations, coursework, class tests, presentations, computer-based exercises and written reports to assess our students. We have strong links to key industrial solution providers such as Autodesk, Adobe and Unity and work closely with them to ensure our teaching is closely matched to current best industrial practice. The students benefit from guest lecturers from the creative industries while industry workflows and discussions are promoted and embedded into teaching and assessment to ensure that all of our teaching is relevant to the workplace. As well as developing virtual design solutions, students have access to a range of rapid prototyping and physical modelling resources such as 3D printing and CNC milling machines. Our students also have access to a high definition digital video studio and motion capture suite.

Teaching Methods

The students on our course benefit from regular presentations from high profile industry leaders in computer animation and games design and guest lecturers from the creative industries. The industrial project in fourth year is designed to give the students an opportunity to work on a real world brief in partnership with an external company. This project can be realised by working on a one day per week placement. Where possible module coursework’s are designed to allow students to develop their personal portfolio which is essential for starting out in a career in the creative industries.  

Each year students are encouraged to take part in the Scottish Game Jam, a 48hr competition to develop a video game which is held at the GCU campus.

Employment Details

Graduates will have the necessary skills and knowledge to enjoy a number of careers within the creative industries, including as a 3D game artist, conceptual game artist, games animator, video SFX artist or as a pre-visualisation artist for film and television.

Fee Information

Glasgow Caledonian University is one of the UK’s most dynamic and diverse higher education institutions, with a tradition of welcoming students from all walks of life. As such, the University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to ensure all students have an equal chance of success. The fees and funding that are relevant to you also depend on where you lived before coming to university.

To make things as simple as possible we have information on all of this, including links to our award winning student support team, available at www.gcu.ac.uk/money.
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