About School

Our respected gaming courses sit within the University for the Creative Arts’ (UCA) School of Film, Media and Performing Arts, and enjoy exciting collaborative opportunities, state of the art facilities and outstanding industry links.

In addition to our core gaming courses at UCA’s Farnham campus – BA (Hons) Games Arts, BSc (Hons) Games Technology and MA Games Design – there are also BA courses in games design and computer animation at our Rochester campus. UCA prides itself that approximately half its gaming cohort is female, leading the way for parity within the industry.

As part of the learning package at UCA, selected graduate projects have the chance to gain unique support to set up their own indie company and launch their own games to market, through the UCA Games Incubator Studio. And with our Farnham campus close to the one of the largest gaming hubs in the UK, Guildford, and also commutable to the largest industry hub, London, we have unique access to important companies and developers within the industry.

UCA, which is the second largest provider of creative specialist education in Europe, prides itself on pushing its students to fulfil their artistic potential, and to use their skills and creative thinking to produce work that considers its wider impact within its respective industry, and society as a whole.

In 2019 UCA was named the Modern University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times, and is the UK’s top creative specialist in both the Complete University Guide and The Guardian. In addition, we’ve been awarded Gold status in the Teaching Excellence Framework.

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Facilities

Facilities for games students include four purpose built dedicated computer studios, as well as a separate VR development room. Students benefit from high end workstations, dual 4K monitor set up with access to Wacom Cintiq graphics tables and the very latest industry software.

UCA libraries are a treasure trove of resource – with 280,000 print and electronic books and exhibition catalogues, 17,000 journals and a total of 27,000 DVDs and online television broadcasts – to support your studies.

In addition, UCA Farnham has extensive sound production and Foley studios to aid your productions.

Staff

At UCA many of our staffing team have worked in, or are still working in the games industry and some are full time in higher education. With our many links to industry, relevant visiting lecturers from industry and also by staying in touch with alumni career progression, we feel we are very closely aligned with industry practices and trends.

This means we can ensure that, what we do with curriculum development, meets the needs of industry practices and workflows and each year we seek to evolve what we do and how we do it.

Employment Rates

After six months of graduation, 96.9% of UCA graduates are either working or continuing their further education with a postgraduate qualification or alternative.

Student Showcase

Take a look at some of the traditional and digital artwork University for the Creative Arts students produce during their education.

Oliwia Janczewska

Actually a bit before choosing my university course. I have always viewed arts as something I can't get into, but gave myself a chance to try to make art for games. I have enjoyed playing games for y...

George Adams

A lifetime of playing video games and a love of all artistic endeavours lead me to combine the two. I first realised I wanted to be a concept artist shortly after completing Fable 2 at the age of 12...

Joshua LeBrun

When I was in secondary school doing my GCSE'S, I had taken Graphics. I really enjoyed the time I was in class and from there I wanted to work in the creative media industry.

Liam-Aaron Maynard

I've always had an interest in this industry, being amazed by both games and films. But when I realised it was a possibilty to be able to learn the skills required in the field I pursed it as hard as ...

Liam Maynard - Environment Artist / DIRT 5, Codemasters

... en route...

Courses

UCA is a specialist creative industries university, the highest ranking specialist art and design university in the UK and the second largest specialist in the Europe. Across the disciplines it is lead by creative practitioners and many courses, where appropriate, are industry facing and actively connected to companies in their sector. Being a specialist university presents the student with a unique atmosphere to engage their chosen discipline in.

BA (Hons) Games Arts

3 year undergraduate degree / intake September 2021
UK students - £9,250
International and EU students - £16,950 (standard fee)
International and EU students - £16,270 (full early payment fee)

Creating whole new worlds, landscapes and characters is the focus of our Games Arts course. On this practice-based games degree, you’ll develop the skills to become a true team player, ready for a career in the gaming industry.

The course will equip you with the tools you need to become a skilled 2D or 3D concept artist, including anatomy study, as well as developing your ability to work with others and produce games prototypes collaboratively, in a way that replicates the industry pipeline.

You’ll develop your skills using world-class facilities, including high-end hardware and the latest software such as Adobe Creative Suite, Autodesk Maya, Substance, Quixel Suite, Zbrush, Marvellous Designer, Marmoset Toolbag and games engines such as Unity and Unreal.

You’ll also benefit from opportunities to collaborate with students on our Games Technology course, and make the most of our exceptional industry links to brands like Rebellion, SEGA, Creative Assembly and Super Massive Games.


BSc (Cons) Games Technology

3 year undergraduate degree / intake September 2021
UK students - £9,250
International and EU students - £16,950 (standard fee)
International and EU students - £16,270 (full early payment fee)

If you are considering becoming a sought-after Technical Artist within the gaming industry, then our Games Technology course, taught in state-of-the-art facilities at UCA Farnham, is the ideal games degree for you.

This industry-focused degree course is founded on the principles of User-Centred Design (UCD) and Human Computer Interaction (HCI), and you’ll learn how to consider the user throughout each stage of the game design and development process.

As you explore game design, you’ll have access to the very latest hardware and software – Alienware Aurora towers, 4k dual screens, RTX 2080 graphics cards and SSD HDs, with Unity and Unreal games engines for prototyping.

This course sits alongside the established and highly regarded BA (Hons) Games Arts degree, and you’ll have plenty of opportunities to collaborate with students on that programme as you make game prototypes together. You’ll also get to take part in Game Jams with your peers across our games degrees, mirroring industry approaches to idea iteration and team development.


MA Games Design

1 year postgraduate degree/ intake September 2021
UK students full-time - £10,400
International and EU students full-time - £17,500 (standard fee)
Fee discounts and scholarships available

MA Games Design will challenge and expand your critical understanding and experiential design techniques for the dynamic games of tomorrow. You will explore different perspectives on game-play, developing compelling and exciting new work to take you to the next level.

You will have the opportunity to examine audience engagement through a variety of approaches to the widening field of games. You will also explore games through the expanding possibilities of interactive experiences.

You will investigate the context of contemporary games and games culture. You will also consider games in other contexts, such as Applied Games (also known as Serious Games), as well as research, education and healthcare together with how it can inform other creative disciplines like film and architecture.

You will apply your skills beyond just creating entertainment and explore other areas, such as avant-garde and games with purpose. You will explore the game mechanics of interaction and immersion, employ new technologies and creative approaches (Expanded Reality - XR), and build upon your existing digital design skills and technical knowledge. You will also be encouraged to take part in UCA Game Jams, as well as attending many external games events and festivals.

You will be taught in outstanding studios, with dedicated industry hardware and software. You will also have access VR development facilities, allowing games to be deployed to a variety of platforms, and have access to our unique library of console, PC, board and card games.

Delivering the course is a team of lecturers with games development experience and experience from related creative and research backgrounds. You will also have talks by and meet visiting lecturers from high-profile gaming companies and backgrounds.


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