My desired career would to be a 3D artist for a games company, I have researched many job roles on gamesindustry.biz and I found that there were plenty of jobs in this area.
Aardvark Swift wanted a Games Artist to work in the London branch, they had a few stipulations on skills required for this job but didn’t state any formal qualifications for this post.
The job role required:
- Excellence in design and digital illustration
- The ability to generate quick concepts and ideas
- The applicant must be creative and have an imaginative mind-set with great attention to detail.
- An up to date and excellent portfolio
- Self initiated projects
- An understanding of the online world and multi platforms
- And to adhere the branding and existing style guidelines.
- Take direction and critique.
- Work in a team.
I have found three courses that offer the desired skills to be able to make progress within the games industry.
The first I found was a BA(Hons) in Computer Games Arts at UCA in Farnham: The entry requirements for this course is 220 UCAS points plus 5 GCSE’s grade C or above and a portfolio.
The second course I found is right here in Canterbury at the University of Kent, it is a BA(hons) in Digital Arts. The entry requirements for this course are a Distinction being the best but they will accept a merit being the minimum from a BTEC level 3.
The last course is on that someone I know has recently completed which is a BA(Hons) Computer Games Modelling and Animation at the University of Derby. The entry requirements for this course is 280 UCAS points plus an extra 40 points from a level 3 qualification.
The course I am currently doing is Games Development, I needed to have 5 GCSE’s at C or above or an equivalent qualification.
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Kent University. 2015. Kent University. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate/110/digital-arts#!entry. [Accessed 30 September 15].
University of Derby. 2015. University of Derby. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.derby.ac.uk/courses/computer-games-modelling-and-animation-ba-hons/. [Accessed 30 September 15].
UCA Farnham. 2015. UCA Farnham. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.ucreative.ac.uk/ba-computer-games/entry. [Accessed 30 September 15].