The Games Art course has a strong emphasis on the study of software tools and teaches all the cutting edge software you need to get into the industry: Maya, 3DSMax, Zbrush, Mudbox, Photoshop and many more and uses both the Unreal engine and the Crysis engine to enable students to gain access to all the professional tools needed in the industry.
The course explores digital modelling of characters and environments, and helps students to develop animation as well as shader techniques and level creation. You will be taught to create optimised geometry and textures and apply them to game engines, gaining an understanding of the technological restrictions of realtime 3D graphics. Also high to low resolution surface transfer modelling is taught as well as producing high resolution models for promotional material.
The main emphasis of the course is on the student becoming a “Games Artist” so a full day of study during the duration of the course has been allocated to life drawing and clay modelling to help develop a rounded portfolio as well as having live visits from Scott Eaton and Jeni Fairey from Madame Tussauds. So even if you start from a more technical back ground you will be taught the fundamentals of art, composition, colour theory and much more which are essential to gaining employment in the Games Industry.
The first year is like a foundation course where you have a taster of all the BA digital animation courses which are 3D, VFX, 2D and Games Art before choosing your specialization.
We have many open days during the year so feel free to come and look around our state of the art University that teaches twenty seven thousand students per year, has a £40 million night club and dining area, swimming pool, climbing wall, gym and over a thousand societies waiting for you to join - so if you like canoeing, walking, going to the cinema or playing the didgeridoo, there is always a club for you.
The University of Hertfordshire is 20 minutes by train from London’s “Kings Cross Station” and three stops on the underground to the Buzzing Soho industry where Sony Computer Entertainment Europe has its headquarters. By car it’s just off the A1 and 20 minutes drive from the M25 http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&tab=wl
Quotes from the Industry about the University of Hertfordshire Courses.
Jolyon Webb | Art Manager | Blitz Games Studios
“We found the University of Hertfordshire students well-informed and focused; we were impressed with what we saw.” http://www.blitzgames.com/
John Laws | Head of Art | Frontier
“UH is one of the few Universities teaching the correct fundamental skills required by the games industry – you have the right mix of traditional theory and cutting edge digital art creation, and understand that the tech is a tool rather than the end in itself. I’m impressed.” http://www.frontier.co.uk/
Ian Yarwood-Lovett | Lionhead | Franchise Art Director | Microsoft Games Studio
“Visiting the UHanimation course was a real eye opener for me; the quality of work produced coupled with the enthusiasm of the students makes this course one we’ll be watching very closely in the future.” http://www.lionhead.com/
Louise Ridgeway | Head of Animation | Rare Ltd | Microsoft Games Studio
‘What a pleasure it has been visiting the University of Hertfordshire for film day again this year. They again proved that they are one of the top uni’s for the industry at the moment, with another outstanding show of effort and commitment by a great bunch of enthusiastic students. A diamond in the rough.’ http://www.rare.net/
Tara Saunders | Studio Art Manager | Sony Computer Entertainment | London Studio'
"The University of Hertfordshire has provided our studio with some talented graduates in recent years. It's definitely one of the courses to watch for upcoming talent" http://www.scee.presscentre.com/
Shelley Page, Dreamworks.
"The animation students I met at Hertfordshire were both talented and articulate with some very good work - and I'm looking forward very much to seeing the completed final projects this year" http://www.dreamworksanimation.com/
Aidan Gibbons, Senior Visual Effects artist, The Mill London "The University of Hertfordshire’s Visual Effects work really impressed us on the live projects we ran with them; we feel that their students are the ones to watch at graduation time." http://www.themill.com/
Below is a list of companies our alumni are working at and the list is growing all the time.
3D, 2D & VFX :-
Big Red Button
The Character Shop
Digipost New Zealand
Jim Henson's Creature Shop
Moving Picture Company
National Space Centre
One Dead Pixel
Picture House TV
Saddington &amp;amp;amp; Baynes
The Senate VFX
The Sex Pixels
Smoke and Mirrors
Sudden Black (SBTV)
The Third Floor, Inc
Vine Post Production
Windmill Lane VFX
Apache Solutions Ltd
Poly Assets United Inc
Real Time Worlds
The Creative Partnership
Fusion Medical Animation
Showreel for Alex Jerjomin, give him an email before he gets snapped up, this is his Pre Christmas hand in and with a few more months to add polish to it I think this will be one to watch, well need I say any more...
The University Of Hertfordshire has received full Skillset accreditation.
University Of Hertfordshire Ba(Hons) 3D Animation
University Of Hertfordshire Ba(Hons) 2D Animation
University Of Hertfordshire Ba(Hons) Games Art
To say that we are proud of this achievement is an understatement. To gain such a high recognition for all of our programmes is down to the hard work and dedication of the Staff, the enthusiasm and quality of our Students, and the support of our amazing Alumni.
Its worth mentioning the the Ba(Hons) Visual Effects was mentioned that if they were accrediting these types of courses yet, it would pass without a doubt and we are working with them to set it up for the future.
Hello, a new year starts and the students are beavering away at making their showreels, so I thought I would share some updates.
This year we have even more internationals that have joined the course as far as Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan, Singapore, Nigeria, Jordan, Iran, Palestine, Brazil and from across the pond to the USA and lots of Europeans. It’s made for a really nice diverse mix of students that share the love of 3D Graphics.