Develop skills essential to the fast-moving computer games industry with our Computer Games Art BA (Hons) degree in Cambridge.
Accredited by TIGA, our Computer Games Art degree will allow you to develop art skills relevant to the fast-moving computer games industry. You’ll gain 3D computer games skills including modelling, texturing and animation, enabling you to create characters, environments and more.
During your studies, you’ll discover how you can use your visual research, creative experimentation and technical development to forge a career as a computer games artist. You’ll learn how to plan your designs by creating concept art before bringing them to life using interactive software such as Unity 3D.
ARU is the place to be for studying Computer Games Art. The East of England has 135 active games companies, with Cambridge home to developers including Jagex, Frontier Developments and Ninja Theory, who are currently building a new base on Newmarket Road complete with a gaming pub.
Our Computer Games Art course scored 92% for ‘The Teaching on my Course’ in the National Student Survey 2019.
By studying Computer Games Art at ARU, you’ll get the chance to improve your prospects with live briefs and guest speakers from tech giants like Sony, Jagex and Frontier.
Our flexible modules allow you to explore different aspects of digital art, helping you specialise and future-proof your career. And with TIGA accreditation, this course gives you a badge of excellence to show future employers too.
We're also partners with the Global Science & Technology Forum, giving you access to cutting-edge research materials.
During your time at ARU, you’ll receive ongoing support to find placements and work experience relevant to your Computer Games Art and you can take an optional placement year. In recent times, ARM, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, Frontier and Just Flight have all offered internships and work opportunities to ARU students.
2020 showreel of work by students on the BA Computer Games Art at the School of Creative Industries at ARU in Cambridge
2019 showreel of work by students on the BA Computer Games Art at the School of Creative Industries at ARU in Cambridge
2019 showreel of work by students on the BSc Computer Gaming Technology course at the School of Creative Industries at ARU in Cambridge
An animation by BA (Hons) Computer Games Art student Amy Hook of Cambridge School of Art at Anglia Ruskin University, created as part of her degree work.
BETHANY GILBERT, DAVID LEE & MICHAELA BUTLER
IRA JOSE ROCHA
TIM BURROUGHS & TAMLA TYRELL
JOHANNA KLEIN OLSEN
LAURA MENGOT CHAPA
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As a Computer Games Art student at ARU, you’ll benefit from:
Our dedicated Computer Graphics Technical Officer will be on hand to offer training and support. You can also get training in the use of all our creative facilities.
Our course is accredited by TIGA, the trade association representing the gaming industry in the UK.
Deputy Head, Computer Games Acting Course Leader, BA (Hons) Computer Games Art
Course Leader MA Computer Games Development (Art)
Senior Lecturer, Computer Gaming Technology
81% of the UK computer games industry is educated to at least undergraduate level, rising to 88% for core games production roles in art or programming.
The skills and knowledge you acquire on our Computer Games Art degree course will not only help you to land a career in the gaming industry but also equip you with in-demand skills across other sectors, including film and television production, marketing, and web design.
Through work-based projects, internships and placements, students are can get hands-on practical opportunities. In recent times, ARM, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, Frontier and Just Flight have all offered internships and work opportunities to ARU students.
During your studies, you’ll get the chance to take part in our annual festival, Brains Eden. Co-organised by local gaming network Games Eden, this four-day event includes a 48-hour games jam in which teams of students and major studio reps compete to create a game – the perfect way to raise your profile in the industry.
Graduation doesn’t need to be the end of your time with us, of course. You might decide to stay at ARU and continue your Computer Games Art studies with our MA Computer Games Development (Art). Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and get 20% off your fees.
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