Entry requirements

Minimum 2.2 degree in a relevant field (exceptionally, applicants with degrees in non-related subjects may be considered) plus an online portfolio which demonstrates an appropriate level of relevant skills. Accreditation of professional experience may be possible for practitioners without a degree.

A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in all components (or equivalent) is required for those for whom English is not their first language.

If you do not have the required level of English for entry, our academic English courses can help you to achieve this level.

Months of entry


Course content

Why choose Herts?

  • Excellent reputation: Ranked 1st in the UK as Top Games Development School (10th worldwide) and 1st for Games Design & Development Production Excellence (Rookies World School Rankings® 2020)
  • Employment prospects: Graduates work for most major games' companies including BAFTA winning UK games studio Creative Assembly, Frontier, Splash Damage, Guerrilla Games, Epic Games and Rare
  • Work-related learning: There are work related learning opportunities on this course, all students complete a live external brief as part of their coursework.

This MA Concept Art degree meets the needs of the film, games and animation industries which have evolved dramatically over the years; moving away from the days of the solo practitioner to become a growing global market where large teams of artists work in unison to create content for the next generation of technologies. This degree facilitates contemporary approaches as it combines technical knowledge of the software used by concept artists working within current games and film production pipelines, with the aesthetic and traditional skills essential for a professional concept artist.

On this MA Concept Art course, you will also delve into thinking about the cultural resonance of your work and about the audiences it is made for, about the nature of creativity, and the role of the cultural industries in a modern knowledge economy. Enquiry, research and clear communication being key elements that underpin this course.

In addition to specialised theory and skills taught on this course, you will develop a range of project management skills, an ability to identify and manage your own learning while also exploring the opportunities and constraints inherent in commercial, professional and social environments. The MA Concept Art course structure promotes cross-disciplinary discussion while maintaining the focus of discipline specialists, allowing you to gain a wealth of knowledge while exploring different options. Studying this course will also set you up with crucial key transferable skills of postgraduate study such as research, project management and group working through activities that prepare you for your future creative career in the entertainment industry.

Fees and funding

UK students
£9750 for the full-time 2022/2023 academic year / £810 per 15 credits for the part-time 2022/2023 academic year
International students
£14750 for the full-time 2022/2023 academic year / £1230 per 15 credits for the part-time 2022/2023 academic year

Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University's Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed "When tuition fees change"), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Neil Gallagher