About this course

It'll prepare you to start your career as a games artist. You'll create environments, assets, lighting or game FX for mobile or console/PC development, as well as working on collaborative projects.

The UK’s Games industry is world leading and strategically important to the future of the Creative Industries in the UK.  Games are everywhere and have grown from being mainly based on PCs and consoles to be common on phones, tablets and the web. They cut across all groups of players and by some measures the industry is bigger than the film industry.

MA Game Art - Programme Overview

Our exciting MA Game Art has been created as a response to industry demand for new creative talent and is focused on developing and nurturing your skills and creativity in preparation for a career as a game artist.

This year-long programme will allow you to develop your skills whilst working on collaborative projects just as you will in the industry. With our excellent industry links and guidance from our partners, you will benefit from learning the principles behind the creation of environments, interfaces and visual effects to a professional standard as well as the practical vocational experience needed to secure a job. During your studies you’ll get to use industry standard software including Maya, ZBrush, Substance Painter, Mudbox and Unreal Engine, ensuring you have the skillset to hit the ground running.

A key feature of this programme is the study of the games industry itself, providing you with the knowledge and understanding of current and emerging business models. This will allow to progress either an artist in an established studio or in a team as independent developers creating your own game.

You'll graduate with a degree from the University of Kent. Known as the UK’s European University, the University of Kent is ranked 23rd in The Guardian University Guide 2017, it is also ranked 17th in the UK for research intensity out of 122 multi-faculty universities in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) and has the fifth equal highest score for overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2015, out of 115 multi-faculty institutions. It has also been voted one of the top five universities for teaching in the UK, according to the Times Higher Education (THE).

Graduates of our 12 week Game Art course have gone onto work at companies including:
Travellers Tales
Lionhead Studios
Bossa Studios
Playground Games
Splash Damage

Graduates of this programme will likely progress to roles including:
Game environment artists
Game effects artists
Indie game developers
Level designers
Games artist

Game Jam 2016
Game Jam 2016

Why Escape Studios, Pearson College London?  

Learn from award-winning industry professionals and experienced industry-focused tutors; our tutors have not only been behind some of the best new talent in their field, but have an impressive array of achievements from their time practicing what they preach
All graduates produce an industry-standard showreel as an output of their course
State-of-the-art, studio-style facilities in a great London location
Ongoing alumni support following graduation - our 2000+ alumni are spread far and wide enjoying careers at the best studios in the business
Free online primer course - bring your foundation skills up to speed before you start
Access Escape's Virtual Learning Environment for free extra resources to support your training - throughout your course and for 12 months after you graduate
Get help and advice on your CV, showreel and job applications
Our small class sizes ensure that we deliver a personalised, student-led approach to learning
Sign up for free Autodesk software when you join our Autodesk Education Community
Enjoy flexible learning with 18 weeks of classroom study followed by 12 weeks of remotely directed learning and a 12 week remotely directed final project

Course summary

    Simon Fenton
    Escape Studios West
    2 October 2017
    Full time, Mon-Fri
    1 year

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  • Escape Studios West, Shepherds West, Rockley Road, W14 0DA
  • 0207 348 1920
  • admissions@escapestudios.com