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MA Advanced 3D Game Art (Online)

  • Study Mode: Full time
  • Location: Distance Learning
  • Duration: One Year
  • Start Date: September 2022

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If you have an undergraduate degree, some industry experience or a genuine love for 3D Game Art, you could take your career to the next level, with this flexible and advanced online course. Upon graduation you’ll have a high-standard showreel to help you join this ever-growing industry.
“The UK has the largest video games sector in Europe with a reputation for attracting and developing world-class talent. Ukie estimates that games companies directly employ 16,140 Full-Time Equivalents, split between 13,840 in games development and 2,300 in games publishing. Including retail, indirect and spillover employment, the games-related workforce is estimated to exceed 47,000 FTE roles. (Source: Think Global, Create Local report, 2020)."
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Fees and Funding

There’s a range of ways you can secure funding for your course, including sponsorship, scholarships and loans. And if you recently graduated from BNU, you may be eligible for a fee discount.

Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

This course will offer you the chance to focus on creating high quality game art. During your time with us you will be supported by knowledgeable lecturers and industry professionals while also taking advantage of our excellent resources.

The standard of animation and game art at BNU is very high and this is reflected in the proportion of our students who go on to work successfully in the industry afterwards. We also run small classes which ensures that students gain meaningful access to our tutors.

What facilities can I use?

Although this course is online, you’ll still be able to access a range of specialist software and hardware, including;

  • Maya
  • ZBrush
  • Nuke
  • Mari
  • Substance Suite
  • Marvellous Designer
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Cinema 4D
  • Redshift Renderer
  • Shotgun
  • Houdini
  • Houdini Engine
  • Unreal Engine
  • Megascans Asset library
  • Advanced Skeleton
  • And Ziva among other useful pieces of software

This can all be accessed online through our virtualised computer system which will provide you with all the necessary hardware power to complete the course no matter where you are based. Our licences can also be accessed and used on your own machines by using our Bucks Anywhere service.

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What will I study?

On this degree you will cover abroad range of topics, from researching into the field of game art, looking at both historical and contemporary practice to generating ideas derived from your findings, we will help you grow your skillset.

You’ll also have the opportunity to explore the wider production pipeline needed for a 3D game. This will cover areas such as;

  • modelling
  • rigging
  • animation
  • texturing
  • lighting
  • And game engines

You’ll then enter the preproduction phase before moving on to the production phase for your main project. This may be a continuation of some of your early ideas or something new and may be done individually or in a group.

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How will I be taught and assessed?

We understand that to succeed on a creative course, you must be hands-on with learning. That’s why this degree is 70% practical work and 30% will involve reflective learning journals, presentations and academic reports.

This online course will be delivered via online group sessions and 1:1s with the tutors. You will be able to submit your work in progress on a regular basis in order to receive detailed feedback. You’ll also have access to lectures, other resources and current industry professionals via online lectures.

We encourage you to enter competitions, which will challenge you to produce your best work, and access feedback on your works in progress. We also run a monthly art challenge and provide additional life drawing classes, including online.

Placements Plus

BNU is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.

We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.

Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student, to increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.

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Useful Documents

MA Advanced 3D Game Art (Online) Programme Specification

What are the course entry requirements?

Graduate entrants to the programme will normally hold an Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject.

The University also welcomes applicants who have significant industry experience and no formal qualifications. Applicants with a suitable portfolio can be offered places based on artistic ability and experience.



This provides a guide of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

Year 1 Modules

Research and Experimentation

Character Creation

Game Environments Group Project


Production Project

What are the tuition fees


Home, Academic Year 2022 - 2023

£8,000 per year


Overseas/International, Academic Year 2022 - 2023

£8,000 per year

The University is unable to accept any new applications from students who require sponsorship for a student visa to start in September 2022. This is due to the overwhelming popularity of our courses and visa processing timeframes.  Applications are still being taken from students who are already in the UK and hold the right to study.

From September 2022, those students living in the UK or Republic of Ireland, and EU nationals with settled status in the UK, will be considered Home students.

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:

0330 123 2023

What are my career prospects?

This course helps you grow and develop your skillset and create an industry-standard showreel. Get to know where your interests and talent lies, ready for the career you desire.

Our MA Advanced 3D Games Art course will help prepare you for a range of career possibilities, such as:

  • 3D Artist
  • Character Artist
  • Animator
  • Environment Artist
  • Technical Animator


Course leader

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Rob Penhaligon
  • Senior Lecturer
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