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    I'm currently juggling between two potential university courses next year (18/19).
    I am unsure whether to study Games Art or Games design and programming, unfortunately, the only open day I can make isn't until late September so I'm trying to do some preliminary research and get opinions from people who have potentially done one or the other.

    I understand that Games art is more about being an artist within the industry, compared to design and programming featuring a lot more of the mechanicS based elements, however the course descriptions are both very similar and it doesn't appear to show much of a variation.

    I am wondering which would make me more employable and if anyone could give me any information regarding the courses?

    (I am currently studying A2 Maths, Physics, and Art. Predicted ABA* respectively. And I am looking at studying at staffs uni, due to their industry links.)

    When confused about anything a university offers, its best to talk to them directly.
    Call or email the people who head the courses (their name and contact should be available on the website).
    Quite often you can have a tour if you arrange it with them outside of open days, you're not the only one in the same position and they've dealt with similar cases for awhile. It's also in their interests to get as many people as possible on their course.

    Do you do games' art or programming in your spare time? Ignoring the game design component which won't be the major focus. Based on your description I don't know if you have any experience with either and I would recommend trying to do art for games using internet resources or learn programming. Both can be learned to some extent outside of university, from there you can base your decision on what you want to take.

    I don't know if there is a TSR Staffordshire Uni representative. But I have seen a TSR rep for Falmouth Uni and BCU if you also want to take a look at them. For the most part, it seems that any university that has been doing a games' industry based course has a fair few industry links, so visit them all and see who/what you like. Also try to talk to current students on your interested courses.

    What about game design? That I think is the middle option. I chose to do game art but after reading the specification in more detail quite a bit of it involved drawing... I only enjoy/am good at 3D art. I don't mind learning programming alongside 3d design... i wouldn't want to do programming alone mind you.
    Oh and i would consider staffordshire university. I'm going there and not only have they refurbished all of the accommodation and campus buildings... but they have bought loads of new high spec computers and are continuing to add more computer rooms (with investment from Epic Games). They also do like 10 game courses so it's great in terms of social life being in a uni with over 1000 game related course students.
    Mind you with ''ABA*''... you could get into falmouth which is higher on the league tables... etc whether it is actually better for game design i don't know.
    AND there is a staffordshire university representative. Although i would just email the game course address which should be presented on the actual game design/game art information pages.
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