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Hi guys! I created an account to ask about game art/design courses at uni as the deadline to apply is coming soon. What are the best places for game art specifically and is it worth going for courses with a year placement? Also does anyone have any example portfolios as I don’t have anything to compare to. Any help appreciated! Thank you!
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Hi, i'm a 2nd year De Montfort Uni Game Art student. I think our course is pretty great! We grad a really high standard of student work, have industry links and we are a screenskills & unreal accredited course. About 33% of our students have a job before they even graduate There's also the option to do a placement year.

I'd also recommend looking into Staffordshire and Falmouth as they're the other courses i've heard a lot of positive feedback about. Definitely do some research into screenskills and the accredited courses because these are the courses worth applying to that will give you employable skills. If you have any questions about my course or the specifics of things we learn i'm happy to help.

this is the link to my applicant portfolio as a point of reference:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/gki8dryzx...VLOWk8qWa?dl=0
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Hi, i'm a 2nd year De Montfort Uni Game Art student. I think our course is pretty great! We grad a really high standard of student work, have industry links and we are a screenskills & unreal accredited course. About 33% of our students have a job before they even graduate There's also the option to do a placement year.

I'd also recommend looking into Staffordshire and Falmouth as they're the other courses i've heard a lot of positive feedback about. Definitely do some research into screenskills and the accredited courses because these are the courses worth applying to that will give you employable skills. If you have any questions about my course or the specifics of things we learn i'm happy to help.

this is the link to my applicant portfolio as a point of reference:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/gki8dryzx...VLOWk8qWa?dl=0
Hello and thank you for the reply! You’re work is great, thank you for sharing it! I’m in the process of picking my 5 choices and im wondering if it’s a good option to choose courses that offer a placement in industry, would it be beneficial? And also could you tell me a bit about de Montfort and Leicester as a city as Im not able to visit before I send my application off? Thank you so much I really appreciate it
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My husband is a first year doing 3D Game Art at Buckinghamshire New University. He's doing it via distance learning, so has no on-campus experience to compare it to, but he's enjoying it so far. Most of the students on the course are doing it on campus - there's only a small number that are distance learning. One of his part-time tutors works for Ubisoft which is decent.
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Hello and thank you for the reply! You’re work is great, thank you for sharing it! I’m in the process of picking my 5 choices and im wondering if it’s a good option to choose courses that offer a placement in industry, would it be beneficial? And also could you tell me a bit about de Montfort and Leicester as a city as Im not able to visit before I send my application off? Thank you so much I really appreciate it
Hi, sure no worries.

In theory, yes a placement will definitely aid your career. In practice, they are highly competitive (about 6 publically advertised for art roles, of which most will also consider graduates as well as second years, directly competing with students from every university in the UK). You will need to be exceptionally dedicated and hardworking to get an internship- in each class group of 45/50 people, we maybe have 1-3 go on placement. Sorry if this is harsh- as someone currently applying for internships, trust me on this one. I've done eleven cover letters/applications, on top of a demanding courseload, and had 3 rejections so far. It is rough.



Leicester is a mid-sized city, and has a good variation of shops/nightlife. Campus is close to town and most student accommodation are all walking distance between the two. Personally i really like the lanes and arcade streets that have vintage shops, specialist hobby shops like forbidden planet, warhammer, boardgame cafes etc. Theres also a few popular nightclubs, bars. The student union runs pretty regular events and theres two parks close to campus as well as the River Soar that runs through Leicester. Depends what you look for in a city, but i've found the parts of Leicester I enjoy.



No worries, I hope this is useful. I also applied to Norwich, UCA Farnham, Falmouth and Abertay Uni. I recommend Staffordshire bc a lot of my coursemates applied there & had good experiences. Hertfordshire can also be good if you're also interested in 3D animation.
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Hi, sure no worries.

In theory, yes a placement will definitely aid your career. In practice, they are highly competitive (about 6 publically advertised for art roles, of which most will also consider graduates as well as second years, directly competing with students from every university in the UK). You will need to be exceptionally dedicated and hardworking to get an internship- in each class group of 45/50 people, we maybe have 1-3 go on placement. Sorry if this is harsh- as someone currently applying for internships, trust me on this one. I've done eleven cover letters/applications, on top of a demanding courseload, and had 3 rejections so far. It is rough.



Leicester is a mid-sized city, and has a good variation of shops/nightlife. Campus is close to town and most student accommodation are all walking distance between the two. Personally i really like the lanes and arcade streets that have vintage shops, specialist hobby shops like forbidden planet, warhammer, boardgame cafes etc. Theres also a few popular nightclubs, bars. The student union runs pretty regular events and theres two parks close to campus as well as the River Soar that runs through Leicester. Depends what you look for in a city, but i've found the parts of Leicester I enjoy.



No worries, I hope this is useful. I also applied to Norwich, UCA Farnham, Falmouth and Abertay Uni. I recommend Staffordshire bc a lot of my coursemates applied there & had good experiences. Hertfordshire can also be good if you're also interested in 3D animation.
This is very helpful thank you! I currently have shortlisted NUA, Hertfordshire and Falmouth, and am looking to fill the other two choices so I will consider de Montfort definitely! I’m sending my application tomorrow so this advice has saved me lol. I’ll update you once I’ve sent my application
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This is very helpful thank you! I currently have shortlisted NUA, Hertfordshire and Falmouth, and am looking to fill the other two choices so I will consider de Montfort definitely! I’m sending my application tomorrow so this advice has saved me lol. I’ll update you once I’ve sent my application
Glad I could help! I had a great interview with falmouth and they were definitely my 2nd pick.
Good luck with your application
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Hi guys! I created an account to ask about game art/design courses at uni as the deadline to apply is coming soon. What are the best places for game art specifically and is it worth going for courses with a year placement? Also does anyone have any example portfolios as I don’t have anything to compare to. Any help appreciated! Thank you!
Hi Xgwynodinx!

If Game Art interests you, then I'd highly recommend Escape Studios' BA (Hons)/MArt The Art of Video Games. It's a three year undergraduate course with an optional fourth "Integrated Masters" year. The unique part of this course, and Escape as a whole, is how industry-focused it is. From the very first project, you'll be working in a studio environment and be taught by tutors who were (or still are) professionals in the industry. All this is to make you as employable as possible once you leave. Escape Studios' Alumni work at industry giants such as Playstation, Ubisoft, and Rockstar Games. Click that link up there if you want to know more!

As for the second part of your question: The skills that a Game Art course can give you are in demand right now, especially with the rise of AR/VR content. I'd personally recommend Game Art over Game Design, simply because Game Art teaches transferable skills such as 3D Modelling, Texturing and software packages such as Maya and Unreal Engine. These skills can get you anywhere from the film industry to product design in addition to working in Games. Game Design on the other hand is very broad - touching on a lot of different concepts but (from my experience) not giving you enough time to deeply understand any of them to the point where you are at a professional level of skill.

This is why Escape Studios has modules in their courses called "Specialisms", which are all about choosing one area within Game Art (e.g. 3D Modelling) and exploring that more thoroughly. It will help you find the specific role you like best and give you the skills to become hirable for that role.

I hope this helps! It's really just a starter on this super broad topic. I'd be glad to discuss it further with you. Escape also have a free Industry Beginner's Guide that breaks down jargon, has fun industry facts, and is just generally great for helping aspiring game artists like you understand what the role is all about.

Good luck out there!

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