About School

The University for the Creative Arts was founded in 2005 and was formerly known as the Surrey Institute for Art & Design. UCA is the latest incarnation of this leading creative education institution, with a legacy dating back over 160 years in Farnham.

In 2019 UCA was named the Modern University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide and UCA is the 2nd largest provider of creative education in Europe. In addition, the Office for Students has recognised the quality of our teaching and awarded us β€˜Gold’ in the Teaching Excellence Framework.

We have 3 Games degrees at our UCA Farnham campus, near Guildford:
> BA Games Arts
> BSc Games Technology
> MA Games Design

We also run a Games Incubator Studio, which each year supports selected entrepreneurial graduates to launch their first indie game to market.

Our Games graduates have gone on to work at many of the leading games industry studios, including SuperMassive Games, nDreams, Creative Assembly, Guerrilla Games, TT Games, Codemasters, Rebellion, TT Games, Hanger 13, Playground Games, SEGA, Two Point Studios, PlaySport Games and many other AAA, AA, iii and indie studios in the UK and abroad.

In addition, UCA Games graduates have taken their highly transferable skills and adaptable workflows to other parts of the creative industries including Serious Games, VR, AR, VFX for TV and film.

As a specialist arts institution, we are 100% creative. Our students develop their skills and thinking in environments that replicate the studios found within the creative industries.

Our alumni are made up of Oscar-winning filmmakers and animators, world-renowned fashion designers, television presenters and Turner-Prize nominees. These are just some of UCA's high-profile graduates who have enriched the world with their creative talents. Taught and guided by our experienced, industry-connected academic staff, our students reap the benefits of studying at the highest-ranked creative specialist in the UK.

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Facilities

The University for the Creative Arts was founded in 2005 and was formerly known as the Surrey Institute for Art & Design. UCA is the latest incarnation of this leading creative education institution, with a legacy dating back over 160 years in Farnham. UCA has 4 campuses, 2 in Surrey: Epsom and Farnham and 2 in Kent: Canterbury and Rochester In 2019 UCA was named the Modern University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide and UCA is the 2nd largest provider of creative education in Europe. In addition, the Office for Students has recognised the quality of our teaching and awarded us β€˜Gold’ in the Teaching Excellence Framework. As a specialist arts institution, we are 100% creative. Our students develop their skills and thinking in environments that replicate the studios found within the creative industries. Our alumni are made up of Oscar-winning filmmakers and animators, world-renowned fashion designers, television presenters and Turner-Prize nominees. These are just some of UCA's high-profile graduates who have enriched the world with their creative talents. Taught and guided by our experienced, industry-connected academic staff, our students reap the benefits of studying at the highest-ranked creative specialist in the UK.

Staff

At UCA we have a range of staff still working in the games industry and those who are full time in higher education. With our many links to industry, with visiting lecturers, External Examiner for practice (Hertfordshire University, Neil Gallagher) and also staying in touch with alumni career progression, we regularly check-in and keep tabs on what we are doing with curriculum development and how this aligns to industry practices and workflows. The continual feedback that we get is consistently positive and each year we seek to evolve what we do and how we do it.

Employment Rates

UCA careers-and-employability 96.9%, working or further study after 6 months of graduation

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 ...

β€’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 - Β£9,250
International and EU students - Β£16,950 (standard fee)
International and EU students - Β£16,270 (full early payment fee)

Creating whole new worlds, landscapes and characters is the focus of our Games Arts course at UCA Farnham. 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 games artist, as well as developing your ability to work with others to produce games collaboratively, in a way that replicates the industry experience.


You’ll develop your skills using world-class facilities including high-end hardware and the latest software such as Autodesk Maya, Substance, Quixel Suite, Zbrush, Marvelous 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. When you complete the course, you’ll be ready to launch a career in the industry. Past graduates have gone on to work for AAA, iii and indie games companies in the UK and beyond.  The BA Games Arts is taught by current and former Games industry / creative Industry devs.


BSc (Cons) Games Technology

3 year undergraduate degree / intake September 2021
UK students - Β£9,250
International and EU students - Β£16,950 (standard fee)
International and EU students - Β£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. As the course progresses, you’ll be able to test your games on the very latest Dev Kits, including those from Sony PlayStation, as part of the Sony PlayStation First Academic Development programme.


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. When it comes to industry links, you’ll benefit from our connections with games brands including Rebellion, SEGA, Creative Assembly and Super Massive Games, and graduate with all the tools you need for a successful career. Past graduates have gone on to work for AAA, iii and indie games companies across the UK and abroad.


MA Games Design

1 year postgraduate degree/ intake September 2021
UK students full-time - Β£10,400
International and EU students full-time - Β£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.

The South East of England, where UCA Farnham is uniquely positioned, is home to a significant proportion of the UK games industry – including Rocksteady Studios, Supermassive Games, EA, Rebellion, Fireproof Games, nDreams, Two Point Studios, Gears For Breakfast, Supergonk, Failbetter Games and Weather Factory – offering many opportunities for off-site visits and trips, games networking events and other cross-course activities. The campus is only 20 minutes away from Guildford – dubbed the Hollywood of computer games – and just 55 minutes from London, locating two of the three largest games industry hubs in the UK, as well as up-and-coming Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) industry. Studying so close to Guildford and London will give you access to the UK’s largest technology incubation and games industry start-ups.


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