BA (Hons)/MArt The Art of Video Games

Create the games you want to play

Video games are evolving and growing across all devices, making it an exciting time to study and work in the industry. The UK consumer games market was worth a record figure of £7.16bn in 2021 (source Ukie). Games tools and skills can also be applied to lots of other industries, including VFX, virtual production, architecture, real-time immersive media (theme parks and entertainment) or even the medical and engineering professions. The opportunities are endless.

This programme has been developed with video games experts to give you skills that are relevant and in demand in the industry. As well as software and creative skills, you’ll develop your experience and soft skills and start building your network of studio contacts. You’ll graduate with a portfolio of high-quality work, ready to apply to work on your dream game.

You’ll explore various techniques and have a chance to specialise in some of them. You’ll attend hands-on tutorials in our London industry-standard studios, with experienced tutors who’ve worked at the likes of EA, Rebellion, Codemasters and Framestore.

  • UCAS code: I630 (BA) - I631 (MArt)
  • Institution code: P34
  • Location: London campus
  • Start date: September
  • Fees: (See Fees and Funding section)
    £9,250 per year for 2023/2024 entry
  • Mode of study: Full time
  • Programme duration: BA 3 years, MArt 4 years
  • Entry requirements: Portfolio and creative workshop, plus predicted two passes at A Level or equivalent 

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Why choose this course

  • Ranked 1st in the UK – and 9th in the world for Game Design and Development by The Rookies
  • Based in London – home of some to the best video games studios in the world
  • Partnership with Epic Games – the first Unreal Engine Authorized Training Center in the UK and an Unreal Engine Academic Partner. Our certified tutors also run short courses for studios who want their staff to be trained in Unreal Engine
  • We’re a member of TIGA, the trade association for the UK video games industry, with the vision to make the UK the best place in the world to develop video games. We were shortlisted for a Best Educational Institution TIGA Award in 2021 and 2022.
  • Industry briefs – work on industry-standard briefs and experience real-life scenarios, just like in a professional studio
  • Successful alumni – you'll join our community of thousands of Escapees, many of whom have gone on to work at some of the world’s top studios including Rare, Rockstar, Ubisoft, Creative Assembly, Improbable and Framestore
  • Industry-standard studios – study in a studio environment that mirrors current industry practice, using professional software such as Unreal Engine
  • Professional input – our advisory board of experts, from the likes of PlayStation London Studio, Creative Assembly and Improbable, help keep this degree up to date. You will also receive feedback on some of your work from industry professionals
  • All-round creative skills – study common modules in your first year to gain an understanding of game art, animation and visual effects and and how the pipelines cross over
  • Soft skills – learn soft skills such as teamwork, organisation and giving and receiving feedback to prepare you for work in the real world
  • Specialism – tutors will help you to choose from advanced modelling, advanced lighting, advanced texturing and materials, real-time FX and foliage
  • The Escape Pods – our students have worked on projects for Pearson and the British Library as part of our incubator.
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Escape Studios is not like any other higher education provider, it is an actual studio where you learn. Our tutors are ex, or still active industry professionals with years of experience that they’re willing to share with you.

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Why Escape Studios?

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Industry partners

Our industry partners, including DNEG, Framestore, Industrial Light & Magic and PlayStation London Studio, influence everything we do, helping design our degrees to keep them relevant to current practice. You’ll have regular contact with the industry, from master classes to creative briefs and regular feedback from professionals.

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Industry-expert tutors

Our tutors are actively involved in industry, so they'll be able to give you real insight into your chosen career. They have worked at studios including DNEGWalt Disney Animation, EA, Rebellion and Framestore and their credits include Captain America, Black Mirror and Bond: Spectre.

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Our central London campus is surrounded by world-leading studios and fully equipped with high-end hardware and the latest software, so you learn in a real studio environment.

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