M.A. Computer Games Art (Environment)

Teesside University

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Application deadline: February , September
Tuition fee:
  • € 5,090 / Year (EEA)
  • € 13,100 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: October  2015, February  2016
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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This programme provides you with an opportunity to develop further your 3D computer graphics skills in order to become a creative manager or lead artist within the area of environment production for computer games.

What you study
The programme provides you with the opportunity to develop the specialist skills necessary to design and construct high-quality digital assets in the field of game environments.
One of the main selling points within any game is the ability to transport the player to incredible places they would otherwise never reach. The environment artist or worldbuilder is tasked with the construction of vast external spaces and detailed interiors which can be brought to life with the latest advances in game technology.
To be a successful environment artist you need to cultivate your observational skills and determine how much detail is needed to create an immersive world without compromising game play.
During the course you look at a wide range of topics including architectural styles, ambient animation within an environment, scene optimisation, terrain construction and block geometry.
The programme encourages you to develop creative solutions to the problems involved in the management of digital assets for use within computer games. This is an opportunity for you to advance your knowledge and understanding of the computer graphics used within the field of computer games and related industries.


Block 1

* Contextual Studies in Games Art (Environment)
* Project PreProduction

Block 2

* Asset Creation for Computer Games
* Game Studio Practice


* Project and Dissertation

Modules offered may vary.


Applicants are normally expected to have one of the following:

* an honours degree, first or second class, which included substantial modelling practice in 3dsmax, Maya or Softimage XSI, preferably in the subject area of environment; or
* equivalent qualifications, for example applicants with appropriate professional experience.

Applicants will be required to submit a portfolio of their creative work as part of the admissions process. In addition, international students will require IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.

English Language Requirements

CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

180 (Grade C)


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