• Study mode: Full Time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: Four Years
  • Start Date: January* and September 2021

Course Overview

*Fast-track into your degree with our accelerated foundation year programme. You can start in January and finish in July – ready to progress straight into the undergraduate degree in September. You will:

  • be based at our High Wycombe Campus
  • benefit from the full programme
  • accelerate your journey into higher education
  • develop your confidence and skills in degree-level learning
  • enjoy all the great facilities on offer.

Interested in learning how to design and create 3D assets and environments for computer games? BA (Hons) 3D Games Art is for you! On this course you will be taught the fundamentals of 3D modelling and animation, and as your studies progress, your skills with modelling will also improve, and you will also learn about games engines and design. At Bucks we focus on preparing you for work in the industry, helping you to stand out to employers when you graduate.

The focus of this course is on professional workflows for creating 3D assets such as characters, props and environments. You will learn how to export and set these up in a games engine and learn the fundamentals of interactivity and gameplay elements. The course has been intentionally designed to be flexible, to allow you as a student to select and pursue your own specialism within the field.

  • Foundation Year
  • In year 1 you will learn both the animation and modelling aspect of the field.
  • In year 2 you will further develop your modelling skills to include more advanced aspects such as organic sculpting, hair and clothes. This is also when you learn about games engines and how to make assets operational within them.
  • In year 3 you will engage with project work. This is when you will have the opportunity to take a set industry style project and a creative project to develop your specialist skills and build an industry ready portfolio.

More placements, more choices

Bucks is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.

We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.

Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student. To increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.

Course Details

UCAS CODE: DGA4

On this course you will focus on 3D development and learn up-to-date techniques from lecturers who are industry professionals. What you learn will be assessed through a variety of means including coursework that is created with 3D software, presentations and writing a series of reflective journals.

During your studies you will also have access to specialist software, some of which includes:

  • Up-to-date Computer Labs
  • State-of-the-art Motion Capture Equipment
  • Unreal Engine
  • Unity
  • Maya
  • 3DS Max
  • Substance Suite
  • Zbrush
  • Amongst a range of other software.

As well as all the amazing things we have to offer on campus, you can take the skills you will learn on your course and apply them by doing our Placement Plus scheme. This will build up your work experience, preparing you to enter the field of work upon graduation. We also offer life drawing classes and in year 1 you will have a series of masterclasses from industry professionals, these are designed to expand and contextualise your knowledge and understanding of the industry.

What are the course entry requirements?

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the 3-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, will be considered for the 4-year programme including a Foundation Year. If you wish to enquire further, please send your query along with any academic evidence or references to admissions@bucks.ac.uk

Find out more about our General Entry Requirements.

Fees

How much does it cost

Full Time Home and EU, Academic Year 2020-2021: £9,250 per year

Full Time International, Academic Year 2020-2021: £12,500 per year

Full Time Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022: £9,250 per year

Full Time International, Academic Year 2021-2022: £13,750 per year

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:
0330 123 2023
advice@bucks.ac.uk

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks

Employability

What are my career prospects

Upon completion of this degree, you will be able to apply for jobs at games studios or even set one up yourself as an independent firm. The roles you will be able to take up vary and normally come under the art department of studios and firms. Roles can include:

  • 3D Artist
  • Character Artist
  • Animator
  • Environment Artist
  • Technical Animator


The Big Deal

At Bucks, we believe in putting our students first. That’s why our Students’ Union have developed our exclusive ‘Big Deal’ package. We’re the only university in the UK to offer free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities – all to enrich the university experience.

We offer FREE events and entertainment, additional skills workshops, sports, recreational activities, societies and paid student rep schemes. All at one of the top 10 Students’ Unions in the UK.  It’s a big deal!

We are proud that our exciting and dynamic students’ union is ranked in the top three in the UK for representing student’s academic interests (NSS 2020). It’s a big deal!

Want to find out more? Visit our Students’ Union page or watch our video.