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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Computer Science

    Creative Arts & Design

  • Start Date

    September, January

  • Course Duration

    within 1 year (September start), 16 months (January start) or 2 years with advanced practice (September or January start)

  • Course Type

    MA

  • Course Fees

    website

  • Last Updated

    19 December 2018

Our MA 3D Games Art has a strong focus on preparing you for working in the industry through technical implementation of creative digital artwork for games. The course has been designed by current staff and industry professionals with a wide variety of professional experience in the games industry in the UK and internationally.

Course details

You have access to state-of-the-art facilities including high-specification, dual-screen computers with graphics tablets as standard as well as specialised learning spaces such as Cintiq studios, green screen and photography facilities and a motion capture studio. You also benefit from a brand new VR development studio and drawing studios, scanners and light boxes for more traditional art development. You can attend free life drawing classes every week during term time.

The course in informed by regular consultations with games studios such as Cloud Imperium Games to ensure our teaching practises are reflective of current industry trends. You also benefit from guest speakers from studios such as Ubisoft and DreamWorks.

There are three routes you can choose from to gain an MA 3D Games Art:

  • full-time - 2 years with advanced practice (September start)
  • full-time - 1 year (September start) or 16 months (January start)
  • part-time - 2 years.

Course structure

Core modules

  • 3D Optimisation
  • Lighting and Rendering
  • Masters Project: 3D Games Art
  • Material Creation
  • Modelling and Sculpting
  • Research Methods for Computing
  • Virtual Reality

Advanced practice

  • Internship

Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

You learn about concepts and methods primarily through keynote lectures and tutorials using case studies and examples. Lectures include presentations from guest speakers from industry. Critical reflection is key to successful problem solving and essential to the creative process. You develop your own reflective practice at an advanced level, then test and assess your solutions against criteria that you develop in the light of your research.

Work placement

Advanced practice

There are a number of internship options, including:

Vocational internship – spend one semester working full-time in industry or on placement in the University. We have close links with a range of national and international companies who will offer you the chance to develop your knowledge and professional skills in the workplace through an internship. Although we cannot guarantee internships, we provide you with practical support and advice on how to find and secure your own internship position. A vocational internship is a great way to gain work experience and give your CV a competitive edge.

Research internship – develop your research and academic skills by undertaking a research internship within the University. Experience working as part of a research team in an academic setting. Ideal for those who are interested in a career in research or academia.

Career opportunities

We prepare you for a career in industry. In addition to your taught classes, we create opportunities for you to meet and network with our industry partners through events such as our ExpoSeries, which showcases student work to industry. ExpoTees is the pinnacle of the ExpoSeries with over 100 businesses from across the UK coming to the campus to meet our exceptional students, with a view to recruitment.

Many of our graduates in the games art area are working at a variety of studios including Ubisoft, Supermassive Games, Creative Assembly, Splash Damage, and Sumo Digital.


Visit the 3D Games Art MA page on the Teesside University website for more details!

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