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Games design and development 1
  • Games design and development 1
  • Games Design and Development Course
  • Games Design and Development Course

BA (Hons) Games Art - Level 6


This course is run in partnership with the University of Northampton.

Whilst most universities charge £9,000 for courses such as this, our programme which is actually a degree awarded by the University of Northampton is available for £6,000 per year.

Gain the 3D digital games art skills required in the games industry on this course. You'll build an understanding of pipelines used in game art: from concept to rigging characters and building 3D environments. You'll also experience game art for New Gen. consoles using 3D Studio Max 2016, Mudbox, Substance Painter, ZBrush and Unreal4.

The course covers three main stages of development:

  • First, you'll learn the fundamental skills needed to generate concept art ideas into 3D game assets of industry standard.
  • In the second stage you'll learn to create concepts and 3D game assets with advanced levels of detail and complexity.
  • In the final stage of your studies you'll use the skills you've gained to focus on a final project. You'll also prepare for work in the industry.

Throughout the course you'll be encouraged and supported to take part in competitions and practical live projects to strengthen your skills and real-world experience. Your practical studies will also be supported by industry talks and visits from experts.


Assessment is a mixture of studio-based design projects, group projects, portfolio development and written assignments.

Over the course you'll develop a personal portfolio that showcases your knowledge and skills. We'll help you build a collection of work that reflects professional best practice and industry needs.

All your work will be submitted digitally. There are six digital submissions a year.

Entry Requirements

  • GCSE English and maths grade A*-C/9-4
  • A typical offer is 112-128 UCAS tariff points
  • Previous experience of art and 3D modelling


Most of the software, trips and materials you'll need are included in your course fee. There are others you'll need to source yourself. Your tutor will provide a full list of these but they may include:

  • A basic drawing kit with items such as a sketchbook, pens etc.
  • A large portable storage device such as a 64GB USB stick or portable hard drive.
  • Adobe Creative Cloud. This has a monthly subscription fee, discounted for students - see the Adobe website for details.
  • A graphics tablet. These range in quality and price. Your tutor will give you advice and recommendations.
  • Some optional trips may have a separate fee. Your tutor will provide details.

Next Steps

This course will prepare you for specific career opportunities within the field of games art. You could also go on to work in areas such as animation and visual effects for film and TV.

Important information

All courses run subject to demand and the content listed here should be used as a guide only. Course content may vary according to a range of factors such as course duration, campus, teaching staff and requirements from awarding bodies. Check our course and fee guidelines for further details.

This course is currently subject to validation. This means we are working through an approval process. In most cases, courses are approved, but there is a small possibility that this may not be granted. We will keep you informed should this be the case. Applications are still welcome for these courses.

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Fee reductions for adult short courses

 Cost of course by campus
Students who are:WandsworthTootingMerton
Receiving income-based benefits £40* £40* 50% discount**
Aged 60 or over
  • For courses costing £53 or over you'll receive 30% off
  • For courses costing less than £53, the fee will be reduced to £40*

* There is no reduction for courses costing less than £40 
** Non-accredited courses only (courses that don't lead to a certificate or qualification)

How to apply for reduced fees

Come to Student Services at any of our campuses with payment and proof of your age or benefit status.

Accepted proof of age:

  • Passport
  • Driving license

Accepted proof of benefits:

  • A benefits letter dated from the last two months

If you're unsure whether you're eligible for reduced fees email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or pop into Student Services. Check our opening times before making your journey.


CELTA courses

There are no discounts available for any of our CELTA courses. To find out more about CELTA email us at 

Leisure courses

You might be able to get a discount on some courses if:

  • You are 60+ years of age. You may have to pay for materials on some courses
  • If you're on income-based benefit. It's usually £37 each term. You may have to pay for materials on some courses. There is no College registration fee for leisure courses.

    Please bring proof of your benefit status that is less than two months old when you enrol.

Qualification courses

Aged 16-18

You don't have to pay tuition or exam costs but you may have to pay for materials on some courses.

Please note that if you're applying for a reduced fee, your benefit evidence needs to be no older than two months.
Aged 19 or older not on benefits

You will have to pay tuition and exam costs and you may have to pay for materials on some courses.

Aged 19 or older on 'Active Benefits' eg Jobseekers Allowance

You don't have to pay tuition or exam costs but you may have to pay for materials on some courses. Please note that JSA signing on books are not accepted as proof of benefits for a reduced fee.

Aged 19 or older on other benefits eg income support

You may get a discount depending on the type or level of education you've done already. You may have to pay for materials on some courses.

New government funding for 24 and older!!

If you are taking a Level 3 or 4 course, you may be able to get a government loan to cover your course. Find out more here.

There is a College registration fee of £30 but only if you are on a qualification course that is not 'full cost'. You don't pay it if you're 18 or younger or on Active Benefits.


For CELTA courses

Apply for CELTA courses using the application form here. If you're applying for the CELTA taster day you'll need to follow the steps below to enrol.

For courses not leading to a qualification

You can enrol anytime between now and the start of your course using our enrolment form.

In person: Bring your completed form to any of our centres Monday to Thursday: 8.45am-7.00pm (10-4 during College holidays) Friday: 8.45am-4.00pm or Saturday 9.00am-1.00pm with:

  • Evidence of benefits or age(if you are applying for a reduced fee)
  • Payment (cash, cheque, credit or debit card)

By post (only if paying full fee): Send the enrolment form with a cheque or the credit card information completed to:

College Enquiry Unit, South Thames College, Merton Campus, FREEPOST CN2701, London Road, Morden Surrey, SM4 5QX

Please do not send cash in the post. Cheques should be made payable to: South Thames College Corporation. Please note we don't accept Electron or American Express cards.

By phone (only if paying full fee): Call us Monday to Friday between 9am and 4pm on 020 8918 7777 with your credit or debit card to hand. You will soon be able to pay online too.


Advanced Learner Loan

If you're 19 or older at the start of this course and you've lived in the UK for 3 or more years, you could get a loan to help with your tuition fees. It's not means-tested, and you won't need to pay it back until you've finished your course and earn over £21,000 a year.

If you get an Advanced Learner Loan to study an Access course then go on to complete a HE course, your loan repayments will be wiped off.

The amount you'll receive depends on the course and tuition fees. The minimum is £300.

How to apply

You can apply for this loan once you've got a place on the course. After you've accepted your place we'll send you a learning and funding information letter which you need to complete your loan application. You can do this online on the website.

For full details about the loan and eligibility, see the UK government website.