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Digital Media (Game Art And Design)

BA Honours

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Digital Media (Game Art And Design)

BA Honours



    Year of entry: Sept 2020 
  • Course Type:  Full time (3 years)
  • Tariff Points: 112
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Course Overview

Do you want to learn how to create virtual worlds for gaming?

Digital media is one of the world's most rapidly evolving sectors. It has transformed the world and its societies, creating a wealth of exciting career opportunities for graduates with the right blend of creative, technical and critical skills.

Leeds is home to one of the biggest gaming sectors in the UK. Investment from Creative England has supported emerging gaming companies in the Leeds city region, resulting in a growing number of businesses choosing Leeds as the base for their games studios. But in spite of this, there is a major skills gap in the Leeds gaming sector, so we've worked with employers to design and structure a degree that will help you to develop the skills they're looking for.

Why study with us?

• Develop the skills employers want now. We designed this degree in partnership with leading digital employers.

• Build your portfolio. Student-led group projects are at the heart of this degree, giving you the chance to develop creative and innovative work in a realistic professional context.

• Graduate with industry experience. You'll work with employers at every stage of your degree, as well as completing two professional work placements.

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professional work placements with all standard undergraduate degrees.


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Course Information

About this course >

​We'll teach you how to design games using the latest methods and techniques implemented within the game industry, as well as related sectors such as 3D visualisation, 3D animation, and VFX for television and film.

You'll learn how to create visually immersive games, combining and applying creative thinking and problem-solving skills. We'll keep you at the forefront of the latest market trends and technological developments in the gaming industry, preparing you for a successful career in the creative 3D industry.

Although you'll specialise in game art and design, we'll also immerse you in the world of digital media exploring areas such as digital effects, animation and motion capture, 3D modelling, augmented reality and mobile apps. You'll experience the full lifecycle of digital media production – from idea generation and theory, to design and implementation.

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Further Study

Modules >

​Year 1

In the first year you will be introduced to a variety of modules across a broad range of specialisms: concept design, 2D & 3D visuals, animation, storyboarding, gaming concepts, coding, production/processes and interactive controls skills to furnish creative proposals with the media needed for compositing and editing motion graphics. You will be trained on industry standard software but given the tools to develop creative solutions inspired by our industry colleagues. 

Year 2

On completion of the first year, you will have explored a variety of specialisms, giving you a good indication of your interests and strengths. Thus the second year will allow you to focus your interest and you will decide on the pathway specialism by choosing 6 options across the programme, thereby letting you focus early on your career and gaining a richer experience of your chosen specialism. By Semester 2 you will have chosen your degree specialism and be building a portfolio of work evidencing your skills and knowledge for your career sector targets.

Year 3

The final year focuses on a large project and gaining industry exposure by engaging you in a national competition, a personal major project and a degree show of these outcomes.

A core of industry relevant viewings, trips, visitors and workshops investigate production, careers and industry business practice and runs through all 3 years preparing your for employability, entrepreneurship and leadership roles alongside the projects experience and mentoring from professionals.

Learning and Teaching >

Modules on this course are delivered through a combination of lectures and small group seminars; and production/practical modules through large and smaller group production-based workshops.

On this course students undertake two 20-credit Personal Development and Placement modules, which feature six-week work placements during Levels 4 and 5 sandwiched between periods of preparation and reflection on their learning.

At Level 6, Single Honours Film and Media students will register for a 20-credit Film Research module where a dissertation or research project (on a subject chosen by the student) will be produced; this is achieved through independent learning and study with the support of a designated tutor. 

All students are offered opportunities to develop professional skills and links with employers and mentors and our alumni in their final year. You will have the opportunity throughout the programme to engage in extra-curricular activities and volunteering related to your graduate prospects.

At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and a personal approach to helping students achieve their academic and professional potential. We have a strong tradition of supporting student employability, with relevant skills embedded in the curriculum and professional work placements included in all our undergraduate programmes.

The key themes of our strategy are student confidence, professionalism and social responsibility. To help students achieve their potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and directed activities. 

This approach ensures that students fully engage in shaping their own learning, developing their critical thinking and reflective skills so that they can identify their own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape their own development.  Our full Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy can be accessed here.  
We make extensive use of Moodle, Leeds Trinity's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), to support class sessions, and of e-resources to enable 24/7 access to learning materials from off-campus.


Assessments tailored to this course include group oral presentations, research portfolios, reports, production portfolios, artefacts (films) etc.

Students are offered a choice of assignment topics on a number of modules and can develop their own projects in modules adopting an 'independent learning' approach. All assignments however must meet the assessment criteria set for each assignment and module.

A variety of assessment methods are used, matched to the learning outcomes for the programme, to enable students to demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills that they have developed.  There is some scope for students to be involved in negotiating and evaluating some assessment.

In addition to each of your module assessments you will take a programme level assessment in each of the first and second year of your programme. This is designed to assess your understanding of everything you have been taught and to help you to understand how different elements of your degree fit together to make a coherent programme. 

You will be given weekly directed activities to complete in each module. These will contribute marks towards the final module assessment and reward engagement with the content of the module. They will also help you to check your understanding of what has been taught. Some of these activities may include further reading or preparation tasks for seminars.

Some of the tasks will be completed online and may include quizzes which provide you with instant feedback on your understanding of the module content. In some modules lecturers may place some of the taught content on videos which you may be required to watch prior to attending a class. This will free up time for you to work on meaningful projects in class. 

On this programme there are some assessments which are marked on a pass/fail basis rather than graded. Please note that these assessments are excluded from the calculations made to produce the figures published in the Key Information Set (KIS) for this programme/subject.

Entry Requirements >

Typically, our entry offer for this degree course is 112 UCAS tariff points.

Other requirements: For the old GCSE system we require grade C or above and for the new GCSE grading system we will accept grade 4 or higher in English Language.​

We welcome students with a wide range of qualifications such as A Levels, BTECs and accredited Access courses.  We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.

​If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another higher education institution, you may be able to enter the course at Level 5 or 6. For more information, read our student guide to the Recognition of Prior Certified Learning.

We accept a variety of international equivalent qualifications and Leeds Trinity interviews international candidates. Typically, this is a call at a mutually convenient time. 

If you are unsure about the acceptance of a particular qualification you can check with our Admissions Team on 0113 283 7123 or email admissions@l​​​.

Student Finance >

UK & EU Students:

Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2019/20. Part-time tuition fees would be pro-rated accordingly to the number of credits you're studying. Depending on government policy, tuition fees may rise with inflation in future yearsFind out more here.

Living costs will also need to be taken in to consideration. Find out more about accommodation and costs here.

Leeds Trinity offers a range of bursaries and scholarships to help support students while you study. Get more information about bursaries and scholarships here.

International Students:

Tuition fees cost £12,000 per year for this course starting in 2019-20. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student VisaFind out more

Additional Costs
​​We advise students to budget for the following in addition to annual tuition fees:
  • Recommended and required reading lists will be provided at the start of your course. All the books and e-books are available from our Library to borrow but you may choose to purchase your own. We recommend £390* as an average annual budget for learning resources if you decide this is for you. *This figure is based on the Department of Work and Pensions course costs allowance 2015
  • Field trips may occur during this course and either fully or partly subsidised by the University 
  • You'll need to include placement/s travel and associated costs too, however the University will contribute a standard amount towards your total expenditure. 
  • The University provides students with a £6 printing credit each academic year which can be topped up either on campus or online

Placement Opportunities

​​We are one of only a few UK universities to build professional work placements into every degree. You'll complete two professional work placements, which will give you the chance to graduate with up to three months' professional work experience without having to take a sandwich year out.

Employers from Leeds' thriving digital sector are strongly engaged at each level of the degree, helping you to develop the technical skills and knowledge of workplace practices that you need to be successful in the competitive digital sector. You'll complete two 12-week professional work placements during the first and second years of your degree, gaining invaluable the industry experience you need to get your first graduate job.

Graduate Opportunities

Leeds has a thriving digital economy, with strong employer demand for digital media graduates. We'll help you to develop the technical and creative skills that will prepare you for a career in digital effects, gaming or virtual reality. You could work as a technical artist, graphic designer or 3D animator, and your skills will also be relevant to TV companies, film studios, independent publishers, online streaming services and games design companies.

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Digital Media Unistats
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