The University of Hertfordshire has a BA & MA Games Art course, there are many more BA courses in the area, 3D, VFX, 2D, Illustration, Fine Art, SFX and many more.
Here are the Games Art course details - Come and join the fun - http://www.herts.ac.uk/courses/3D-Games-Art.cfm
Here is our showreel.
Click here to see The University of Hertfordshire showreel
To kick this new thread off here is a little UDK project with lots of DirX 11. There are many more to come and I will post them when I get time to over the summer.
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
If you wish to see more information then you can go here - http://uhanimation.co.uk/
Any questions then PM me, Neil Gallagher, Programme Leader, BA & MA 3D Animation and Games Art
If you would like to talk to our students in person then you can post here on our student forum. www.3dhit.co.uk
And here are the course details.
BA Games Art
Also MA Animation (MA, PgD) Masters
MA Games Art
Social sites are run by UH Alimni with some tutor input:
You Tube- http://www.youtube.com/user/uhanimation
Vimeo - http://www.vimeo.com/uhanimation
Twitter - http://twitter.com/#!/uhanimation
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/uhanimation
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.’
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"
Hans Bacher, Art Director For Disney
“Great student films, and a great showreel! you have some very talented students”.
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"
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."
Below is a list of companies our alumni are working at and the list is growing all the time.
Apache Solutions Ltd
Poly Assets United Inc
Real Time Worlds
3D, 2D & VFX :-
Jim Henson's Creature Shop
Moving Picture Company
National Space Centre
One Dead Pixel
Picture House TV
Saddington & Baynes
The Sex Pixels
Smoke and Mirrors
Windmill Lane VFX
The Creative Partnership
Thank you for reading and if you have any further questions please feel free to PM me or post below.