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BA (Hons) 3D Game Art

TARIFF: 88 - 112
  • Study Mode: Flexible and Distributed Learning
  • Location: Distance Learning
  • Duration: Three Years
  • Start Date: September 2022

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On this online course you’ll have access to the right tools to kick-start your career in 3D Games Art. We have purpose bought, up-to-date hardware and use industry standard software. You will also be taught by experienced industry professionals and experts in their fields. Upon graduating, your CV will stand out from the crowd due to your newly learnt transferable skills and knowledge.
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Why study this subject?

More than 2.5 billion people worldwide play games and the global gaming market is set to reach $200 billion by 2023 (Juniper Research 2020) a rise of 30% on 2020, so a world of opportunity is open to you in 3D Games Art.

You could work for companies like Epic Games, Nintendo or Sony, or perhaps set up your own independent company to pursue your passion. Your love of gaming together with your creative and modelling skills will open a number of roles for you - from 3D Artist and Animator to Environmental Artist or Technical Animator. 

Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

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 Buckinghamshire New University we focus on preparing you for work in the industry, helping you to stand out to employers when you graduate. With the right teaching and learning opportunities, it’s possible to turn your passion for gaming into a rewarding and successful career.

At BNU you will be taught by a mix of academic and industry expert staff. We have strong industry links which contribute to the course through guest lectures and teaching in certain modules. We also have specialist modellers and animators who have worked in the industry.

We are also very intentional about creating a strong community. Despite this course being delivered online, we offer various study channels and chat channels so you will be supported and feel a part of the wider BNU community when studying with us.

What facilities can I use?

You will have access to our specialist software via BNUAnywhere. This includes:

  • Maya
  • Zbrush
  • Nuke
  • Marvellous Designer
  • Adobe suite
  • Cinema 4D
  • Dragon Frame.

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What will I study?

In Year 1 you will learn the fundamentals of 3D. This includes:

  • 3D modelling
  • Texturing
  • Look development
  • Lighting
  • Animation
  • Visual Narrative.

In Year 2 you will explore specialisms including:

  • Virtual Environments for Games
  • Games Engines
  • Destruction simulation
  • Digital sculpting
  • Hair
  • Fur
  • Clothing.

In Year 3 you will be encouraged to choose a specialism and aim to create a high quality showreel to support any subsequent job applications you make. Your projects will be focussed on achieving your aims and will be done with the guidance and support of lecturers.

Throughout the course you will also be encouraged to reflect upon your progress and what you might do upon graduation.

How will I be taught and assessed?

You will receive a set of pre-recorded video lectures each week which will contain the learning content as well as a guidance document on how to use the material. You will be able to complete these at times convenient to yourself. This will last for approximately 10 weeks depending on the module. You will also be given a task to complete which will allow you to apply your learning.

You will be able to submit your progress at regular intervals for a feedback video from the lecturer. There will also be a scheduled group online discussion each week where the lecturer will introduce the topic and invite students to discuss and ask questions.

After the lecturing period is over you will be given an industry focussed practical task for each module and you will also be required to keep a reflective learning journal. The practical work is generally 70% of the assessment. At the end of the course you will compile your best work into a showreel.

Useful documents

BA (Hons) 3D Game Art (Online) Programme Specification.pdf

What are the course entry requirements?

A typical offer will require a UCAS tariff score of: 88 - 112

A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the three-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a degree course, can apply for a four-year programme including a Foundation Year; find out more.

This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

Year 1 Modules

3D Modelling & The Pipeline

Texturing & Look Development

Lighting & Rendering

Animation Principles & The Moving Figure

Visual Narrative


Year 2 Modules

Virtual Environments for Games

Games Engines

Destruction Simulation

Digital Sculpting and Organic Modelling

Character FX

Year 3 Modules

Industry Production Project

Portfolio Piece

Creative Production Project


How much does it cost

Home and EU

Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022

£7,400 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

What are my career prospects?

Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders. We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.

Our 3D Games Art course will help prepare you for a range of career possibilities, such as:

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

Graduates can also choose to study for a postgraduate course.

BNU alumni have gone onto work for the following organisations and more:

  • DNEG
  • Ubisoft
  • ILM
  • TT Games (Lego series)
  • Framestore
  • Cinesite
  • The Mill
  • Airship Images
  • Mediatonic
  • FST.

Course leader

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Rob Penhaligon
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Elle Bromfield
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