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Level 3 Diploma in Games Art & Animation at East Sussex College

Course description

It’s amazing to see how fast video games have evolved in such a short time. In the last thirty years, we’ve gone from simple pixel graphics to complex 3-dimensional models and environments. While designers and programmers do their part to create virtual worlds, it is the artist who brings it to life through concept art, animation, textures, and more.

If your dream is to help create characters and worlds that video game players will get lost in for hours on end, and have a passion for games and drawing, then this is the course for you.

Course content

During this two-year UAL accredited course, you will be able to acquire all the skills you will need to begin an exciting career in the world of game art production.

The course is aimed at developing a broad understanding of game production, with a big focus on computer game art and animation.

You will develop both your drawing and technical skill, enabling the creation of characters and environments using the latest software and technology. Other disciplines include animation, audio production, film editing, and games engines.

This course will give you the opportunity to develop the skills and critical thinking needed to meet the creative challenges that exist at university and in the workplace.

Topics you will cover include:

  • Games design
  • Film Audio production
  • Concept art for games
  • Games engines 
  • Animation 
  • 3D modelling
  • Interactive media

Entry requirements

To study on this course you will need 4 GCSEs at grade A*-C or a relevant Level 2 qualification & a portfolio of work.


Your assessment will consist of 9 projects in the first year and 4 projects in the second year. These projects will consist of practical work, coursework and research projects, culminating in a final project at the end of each year. Your work will be internally marked and externally moderated by our examining body UAL (University of the Arts London).

Financial information

You may be required to purchase your own materials such as sketchbooks, pens, paints, brushes, and memory sticks. As a SCCH student you will be able to get 10% off in our Plaza Art Shop. You may also have the opportunity to attend a number of trips and visits which may incur additional costs.

Future opportunities

Once you have successfully completed this course you will have achieved the equivalent of 3 pass grades at A-Level which will enable you to progress to onto a variety of BA (Hons) degree courses in games art production, animation and Visual FX.

Or you may wish to start your career in the industry. It’s no surprise that one of the largest sections in most game’s closing credits is the artists. As games get bigger and more realistic, the need for artists grows as well. From concept art sketches and 2D animation to 3D models and textures, there are many different roles that need to be filled in your typical big-budget project.

Job roles in the indsutry include:

  • Concept Artist
  • Environmental Artist
  • Character Artist
  • Character Animator
  • FX Animator
  • User Interface Artist
  • Marketing Artist
  • Level Designer
  • Art Director

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 30 January 2019
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