Games artists and animators generate the images by using both 2D and 3D graphics. They take the vision from the Games Designer and bring it to life through computer-generated animation. The course will start with the fundamentals of game artistry through to advance skills and techniques using the latest graphics packages.

The course has been created by the games industry for the games industry. It gives the student a blend of technical teaching and learning infrastructure that is relevant.

The course is a mixture of home-based learning and the use of a remote intranet system that allows you to interact with lectures, course tutors and fellow students. You will need a basic computing knowledge, creativity and imagination, but most importantly you need a passion and commitment towards video games design.

From the start you will be using specialist software to gain experience in traditional animation techniques and 3D computer animation. The course is designed to enable you to build up your theory learning along side the practical part of creating animations.  At the end of the course you will have created fully working examples that will enable you to showcase your skills to new employers.


  • The Games Artist and Animator creates the video game art and is essentially the visual artist for the game's development.
  • The artist 's job will be to produce; animations, cinematics, the 3D environment as well as textures, meshes, sprites, background images and terrains, and concept art, using industry standard software such as Photoshop, Mudbox, 3D Studio Max and Maya.

Games Artist/Animator Salary and Conditions

  • Starting salary of £18,000-£25,000, with a typical salary at senior level with several years of experience of between £35,000 up to £70,000 (salary depends on company type, size and location of employer).
  • Some companies offer bonuses or a profit-sharing scheme.
  • Working hours are usually flexible, with many animators starting later than 9am. However, working hours are generally long and animators often work a 40-hour week or more.
  • In order to try to meet games completion deadlines, games animation teams may need to work a 60 to 80-hour week, including work over the weekends.
  • The role is typically office, studio or production house based, although there are some freelancers working from home.
  • Animators tend to work in a team environment. In order to meet the complex nature of contemporary games, the size of teams can reach almost 200 individuals. It is not uncommon for groups and individual team members to be located remotely, both in the UK and other parts of the world.

*(Source – Prospects.ac.uk)

Below are some of the areas that you can expect to learn during the course:

  • Basic modelling techniques
  • 3D Max familiarisation
  • Photoshop
  • Creating models from sketches
  • Lighting & Rendering
  • Organic modelling
  • Concept art
  • Advanced Polygon Perameterization and Working Practices
  • Common Effects in Game Engines (Bloom, HDR Lighting, etc.)
  • Facial Animation
  • Raytacing & Radiosity vs. Realtime Rendering
  • Subdivisions and Nurbs Modelling

And much more....

Q: When do the courses start?

There is a constant enrolment process - new courses are starting all the time and you may enrol at a time to suit you.

Q: Who will teach & instruct me?

Qualified & Experienced Course Tutors.

Q: What qualifications do I need to start studying the different courses?

A Course Advisor will initially assess each individual's ability and recommend which course is best suited.

Q: If I fail an exam?

Exam modules can be re-taken.

Q: What is the cost?

Courses start from as little as £15 per week. Subject to status, there are easy payment options that are interest free and allow you to repay your course fees over 24 or 36 months.


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Why Us ?

There has never been a better time to join the video games industry. It is now worth over £36bn globally per year - which is a bigger industry than both the movie and music business.

With the arrival of digital distribution, games now have a global opportunity via mobile, PC, tables and desktops. Five years ago it would taken a huge marketing budget and a team of 200 to bring a game to PlayStation or Xbox, but now it is also possible for a small team or even one programmer to launch a game and for it to become popular all over the world....



  • Since getting my diploma I got employment straight away.

  • My course is supported by the games industry that gave me the confidence to choose the course

  • The course gave me an awesome portfolio that got me the interview and then the job – thank you




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