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About the course

It's been developed in collaboration with top games artists, you’ll have intensive, hands-on tutorials with industry-trained tutors and you’ll work in an industry-style studio from day one, so you’ll get a taste of what it’s like to work in the games industry.

Don't just play the game, create the game.  Do you dream of working in the games industry or even starting your own studio? This programme will give you the high-level professional skills and knowledge you’ll need. Best of all, it’s been developed in collaboration with top games artists, so it will help you become the kind of professional the industry is looking for.  

What to expect

  • Throughout the programme, you’ll work as part of a team on high quality creative projects that will grow in complexity and ambition over time, helping you develop the skills to produce high quality projects in a studio environment. In this way, you’ll be working like the professionals from the very beginning of the programme, learning the tools, tricks and practices to become part of this fast-moving industry.  
  • You’ll have intensive, hands-on tutorials with industry-trained tutors, to help you learn specific skills and industry knowledge, plus regular feedback on your work from practising games artists. Our tutors are all industry professionals, so you’ll be taught by the best in the business. They know how to turn your passion for games art into a practical, studio-ready skillset.
  • 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).
  • By your third year, you’ll be working in a team just like a fully functioning games studio, and if you decide to stay on for your fourth year, you’ll also learn about becoming an entrepreneur and develop the skills to start your own studio. Either way, you’ll already feel part of the industry when you graduate.  
  • We’ll also help you to create a professional portfolio of work to show employers, developed with advice and feedback from your tutors, mentors and industry professionals. 

This course will be delivered at Escape MidTown, 190 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7BH

This course is perfect for you if

  • you want to become a Games Artist - the course has been designed from the ground up with input from studios in console development through to mobile games to ensure that the artistic skills learned by students are aligned to industry standards. 
  • you want to be immersed in artistically and technically challenging projects that mirror industry practice using real art briefs donated by games studios.
  • you want to explore art direction, use the most sophisticated industry software and create work to deadlines, just as you would in the workplace. 
  • you want to focus on practical work - this course will provide a games artist all they need to enter the exciting world of game art.

Why study at Escape Studios?

  • 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
  • State-of-the-art, studio-style facilities in a great London location
  • Ongoing alumni support following graduation - our 4000+ alumni are spread far and wide enjoying careers at the best studios in the business
  • Access Escape's Virtual Learning Environment for free extra resources to support your training
  • 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

What our students are saying

Game Jam 2016

After three years of designing games as a hobby, I decided the games industry is where I wanted to be and I found Escape. It’s an exciting experience, students learn together and the support from Escape is invaluable. It’s the most powerful kick-start to your career possible.

Chris Bradwell, Artist at Proper Games

Course summary

    I630 (BA) I631 (MArt)
    Escape Studios MidTown
    September 2018
    £9,000 p.a (See fee waiver)
    Full time
    BA 3 years, MArt 4 years
    Creative portfolio and Creative Workshop
University of Kent

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Meet your tutor

Simon Fenton
Head of Games