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

This online MA Games Art and Design degree course will enable you to...

  • develop your Games Art and Design skills and knowledge to a professional level
  • choose to study parts of this course online or on campus
  • produce a commercial-standard personal portfolio that reflects the forefront of current practices in approach, style and vision
  • explore the theoretical and contextual understanding of games art, its audiences and significances in our contemporary media culture
  • develop professional-level enquiry, research, creative invention, project planning and management practices
  • learn in a multi-disciplinary environment through discussion and the exploration of ideas.

See our MA Games Art Vimeo Page for showreels and alumni activity.

This course is also available to study on campus. Find out more about the on-campus MA Games Art and Design course.

This MA Games Art and Design degree meets the needs of the games industry. The games industry has developed dramatically from the days of the solo practitioner to become a global market where large teams of artists work in unison to create content for the next generation of interactive game technologies. The current games art and design practitioner is likely to become a specialist in one area, such as character modelling, environment creation, lighting, animating etc. This award fuses technical knowledge of real-time rendering with the aesthetic decisions and traditional skills you will need as a games artist.

On this MA Games Art and Design course, you will also explore 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.

Fees and funding

UK students
£9600 for the full-time 2022/2023 academic year / £800 per 15 credits for the part-time 2022/2023 academic year
International students
£9600 for the full-time 2022/2023 academic year / £800 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.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Dr Ian Willcock