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Games Art and Animation 730x425
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QF3GPDGA
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  • Is this course for you?

    If you have a serious interest in art and animation, then this course is for you. This course will give you a good foundation for a career in art and animation with the context of computer games. The main areas you will study involve – art and animation fundamentals and workflows, character art, environment art, using digital and traditional techniques. With these skills, you will be involved in creating gaming worlds, character creation, audio production and animation. You can also be involved in gaming competitions and esports events. This course is perfect for someone who wants to study a range of skills related to games production; but wants to focus on art and animation.

  • Required qualifications

    For the Level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma you will need 4 GCSE’s at a Grade 4 or more including maths and English.

  • What skills will I develop?

    This course offers you a pathway into this exciting career and you will learn a multitude of skills that include:

    • Art and Animation fundamentals
    • Art and Animation workflows
    • Concept character art
    • Concept environment art
    • Animation
    • 3D Modelling
    • Motion Capture
    • 3D rigging for animation
    • Animation blending
    • Audio production skills (Adobe Audition, Cakewalk, Bandlab)
    • Video Production skills (OBS/Adobe Premier Pro)
    • Individual and group projects
  • Careers

    #CreateYourCareer with us and learn the skills needed to become a concept artist, environment artist, character artist, animator, rigger, animator with the creative sector.

    There are 120 active games companies in the West Midlands with 1995 active games companies in the UK. Computer games contribute £2.1bn to the UK economy with the creative and digital sectors contributing over £269bn.

    In the UK the video games industry employs 27,000 people, 16,000 (59%) of whom are aged 16-39, with the remaining 11,000 people (41%) aged 40 and over. With over 3.6 million people employed in the wider creative and digital sectors.

    59% of artists work remotely post COVID.

    Junior Salary average: £26,008

    Senior salary:

    • VFX: £56,722
    • Character: £45,486
    • Environment: £38,664
    • Concept: £47,726
    • Technical: £53,851

    Global average salary for an artist: £39,000

    Source: PowerPoint Presentation (skillsearch.com)

  • Work experience

    Our dedicated work experience team are here to help and support you in finding a meaningful work experience opportunity.

    Recent studies have shown that employers consider work experience to be extremely desirable. Whilst qualifications are hugely important, employers also require candidates to have skills and experience necessary for the workplace.

     

    Preparing you for the working world is very important to us, so that you may be successful in your next step.

     

    Work experience placements provide you with the opportunity to develop your skills; have a better understanding of the industry you want to work in and give you an insight into what it is like to be employed. They can also be great fun and very rewarding and you may even be offered a great reference, a part–time job, holiday working hours, apprenticeships or full-time jobs.

    Once you start your course you will be provided with further information about work experience programmes, but it is never too early for you to start thinking about work experience placements and finding an employer who will offer you an opportunity.

    Work experience is an opportunity for you to gain experience in your chosen career path in order to develop relevant skills. Equally, it also helps you to acquire employability skills, attitudes and behaviours that are essential for future employment. There will be an opportunity for you to reflect on your performance during work experience and you will receive some form of reference/feedback from the employer.

  • English and maths

    If you have not achieved your intended grade for maths and English, you will have the opportunity to continue studying these at the college.

    You will also be developing these skills within your study programme. Some examples of extending your English and maths skills include:

    Maths

    • Learning how to use measurements in the construction of art
    • Using timelines to animate
    • Working in a 3D space
    • Working with audio production using BPM measurements and various time signatures
    • Using the Unreal Game engine and logical processing

     English

    • Research skills and essay writing are key attributes that will be used extensively throughout the course.
    • Presentation skills will also be sued throughout certain course projects. Therefore, your communication and listening skills will be utilised and enhanced as you progress.
  • Other important information

    When joining the college, you will be given free access to Adobe Create Cloud with access to software such as Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Photoshop, After Effects.

    You will be using Industry software, Unreal Engine, and will learn how to develop your own art and animations.

    You will also have access to the college’s facilities such as the video studio with green screen and gallery, music studios full HD cameras and equipment.

    You will be required to bring the following equipment to College with you.

    • Pens and pencils
    • Sketchbooks as you will be designing and sketching out ideas
    • Headphones (with a 35mm audio jack connection)
    • A USB stick or portable hard drive are not essential but may prove useful.

     Note: Level 3 is a 2 Year Study Programme.

  • Is this course for you?

    If you have a serious interest in art and animation, then this course is for you. This course will give you a good foundation for a career in art and animation with the context of computer games. The main areas you will study involve – art and animation fundamentals and workflows, character art, environment art, using digital and traditional techniques. With these skills, you will be involved in creating gaming worlds, character creation, audio production and animation. You can also be involved in gaming competitions and esports events. This course is perfect for someone who wants to study a range of skills related to games production; but wants to focus on art and animation.

  • Required qualifications

    For the Level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma you will need 4 GCSE’s at a Grade 4 or more including maths and English.

  • What skills will I develop?

    This course offers you a pathway into this exciting career and you will learn a multitude of skills that include:

    • Art and Animation fundamentals
    • Art and Animation workflows
    • Concept character art
    • Concept environment art
    • Animation
    • 3D Modelling
    • Motion Capture
    • 3D rigging for animation
    • Animation blending
    • Audio production skills (Adobe Audition, Cakewalk, Bandlab)
    • Video Production skills (OBS/Adobe Premier Pro)
    • Individual and group projects
  • Careers

    #CreateYourCareer with us and learn the skills needed to become a concept artist, environment artist, character artist, animator, rigger, animator with the creative sector.

    There are 120 active games companies in the West Midlands with 1995 active games companies in the UK. Computer games contribute £2.1bn to the UK economy with the creative and digital sectors contributing over £269bn.

    In the UK the video games industry employs 27,000 people, 16,000 (59%) of whom are aged 16-39, with the remaining 11,000 people (41%) aged 40 and over. With over 3.6 million people employed in the wider creative and digital sectors.

    59% of artists work remotely post COVID.

    Junior Salary average: £26,008

    Senior salary:

    • VFX: £56,722
    • Character: £45,486
    • Environment: £38,664
    • Concept: £47,726
    • Technical: £53,851

    Global average salary for an artist: £39,000

    Source: PowerPoint Presentation (skillsearch.com)

  • Work experience

    Our dedicated work experience team are here to help and support you in finding a meaningful work experience opportunity.

    Recent studies have shown that employers consider work experience to be extremely desirable. Whilst qualifications are hugely important, employers also require candidates to have skills and experience necessary for the workplace.

     

    Preparing you for the working world is very important to us, so that you may be successful in your next step.

     

    Work experience placements provide you with the opportunity to develop your skills; have a better understanding of the industry you want to work in and give you an insight into what it is like to be employed. They can also be great fun and very rewarding and you may even be offered a great reference, a part–time job, holiday working hours, apprenticeships or full-time jobs.

    Once you start your course you will be provided with further information about work experience programmes, but it is never too early for you to start thinking about work experience placements and finding an employer who will offer you an opportunity.

    Work experience is an opportunity for you to gain experience in your chosen career path in order to develop relevant skills. Equally, it also helps you to acquire employability skills, attitudes and behaviours that are essential for future employment. There will be an opportunity for you to reflect on your performance during work experience and you will receive some form of reference/feedback from the employer.

  • English and maths

    If you have not achieved your intended grade for maths and English, you will have the opportunity to continue studying these at the college.

    You will also be developing these skills within your study programme. Some examples of extending your English and maths skills include:

    Maths

    • Learning how to use measurements in the construction of art
    • Using timelines to animate
    • Working in a 3D space
    • Working with audio production using BPM measurements and various time signatures
    • Using the Unreal Game engine and logical processing

     English

    • Research skills and essay writing are key attributes that will be used extensively throughout the course.
    • Presentation skills will also be sued throughout certain course projects. Therefore, your communication and listening skills will be utilised and enhanced as you progress.
  • Other important information

    When joining the college, you will be given free access to Adobe Create Cloud with access to software such as Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Photoshop, After Effects.

    You will be using Industry software, Unreal Engine, and will learn how to develop your own art and animations.

    You will also have access to the college’s facilities such as the video studio with green screen and gallery, music studios full HD cameras and equipment.

    You will be required to bring the following equipment to College with you.

    • Pens and pencils
    • Sketchbooks as you will be designing and sketching out ideas
    • Headphones (with a 35mm audio jack connection)
    • A USB stick or portable hard drive are not essential but may prove useful.

     Note: Level 3 is a 2 Year Study Programme.

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  • Games Art & Animation (Creative Media) – Level 3 UAL Diploma

    Lichfield College

    Start Date: September

    Code: QLF3GPDGA-Y1

    Full Time: 35 Weeks

    Day(s): Usually 3-4 days per week