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Character Art for Games

Level 3

Our UAL Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma in Character Art for Games is a 2-year Art and Design course that offers a different approach and set of skills than other art courses at the college.

This course is ultimately for people who are interested in art, illustration (for character design), games, movies, and CGI. Learning the principles and methods of art and design is paramount throughout this course; with the fundamentals of academic drawing, visual languages, research techniques, ideas generation, 2D & 3D design and basic animation skills being taught during year 1. Your final major project will be written by you with the help of your tutors and will result in your final grade for the first year (Diploma). All our students work in sketchbooks as well as digitally on this course. Your projects will be practical, work-related and fast paced. All software/hardware is demonstrated in sessions, prior knowledge of Photoshop (or other software) is beneficial but not essential. All our resources for learning are made available on our course VLE area so you can practice skills at home too. All projects are continually assessed.

In year 2 you will learn cutting edge, industry standard skills by completing larger, more demanding projects that are based on realistic workplace situations, scenarios, activities and demands. These projects encourage you to develop your own styles, interests and skills to consider your specialism and future direction. As well as learning about the employment area you have chosen, you will develop the skills you need to progress to either seek employment or progress on to University. The course runs for two years full time and is the equivalent to three A-Levels. The course has been written and developed for students interested in becoming character artists in Games (and or Movies).

What will I learn?

You will gain a valuable insight into the world of a Character Artist, which will include: Research into artists/designers working in the industry, sketching and visualising skills, art and design practice, anatomy (creatures and humans), location drawing, life drawing, ideas generation, sourcing your own images, educational visits (Chester Zoo – Leeds Armoury, Art Galleries, Museums, others TBC). Digital drawing/painting (Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator), 3D modelling (MAYA), 3D sculpting (Z-BRUSH), character rigging and animation. When possible you will be completing ‘live’ briefs set by local studios. The course aims to help you to build a professional portfolio (digital and print based) and to develop your skills in the latest industry standard software.

This course is Advanced Learning Loan eligible, which can fully cover the course fee.

Study Programmes for students aged 16-18

At The City of Liverpool College you will undertake a personalised Study Programme, which will help you to achieve your ambitions and career goals.

All of our Study Programmes are designed to help you to develop your skills and widen your college experience.

What you should expect from your Study Programme:

  • A substantial qualification e.g. GCSE, A level or vocational equivalent
  • Meaningful work experience
  • Help to achieve GCSE English and maths at grades A*-C if you do not already have them
  • Practical activities that help your personal development including study skills, enrichment activities, employability training and classes in personal and social skills to get you ready for further education or employment.
  • Support to enable you to progress to the next level of study or employment

English and Maths

English and Maths skills are vital for employment and to secure a place on courses at a higher level, including university.

We have a team of tutors who will work with you to achieve these essential qualifications and enable you to apply these skills in your day to day activities and work.

Since September 2013 any young person who does not achieve their GCSE in English language and mathematics at grade C or above will have to continue their studies at college. Students who have a grade D in either subject must study these subjects at GCSE level.

Study Programmes

Study Programmes for students aged 16-18

At The City of Liverpool College you will undertake a personalised Study Programme, which will help you to achieve your ambitions and career goals.

All of our Study Programmes are designed to help you to develop your skills and widen your college experience.

What you should expect from your Study Programme:

  • A substantial qualification e.g. GCSE, A level or vocational equivalent
  • Meaningful work experience
  • Help to achieve GCSE English and maths at grades A*-C if you do not already have them
  • Practical activities that help your personal development including study skills, enrichment activities, employability training and classes in personal and social skills to get you ready for further education or employment.
  • Support to enable you to progress to the next level of study or employment

English and Maths

English and Maths skills are vital for employment and to secure a place on courses at a higher level, including university.

We have a team of tutors who will work with you to achieve these essential qualifications and enable you to apply these skills in your day to day activities and work.

Since September 2013 any young person who does not achieve their GCSE in English language and mathematics at grade C or above will have to continue their studies at college. Students who have a grade D in either subject must study these subjects at GCSE level.

What the course leads to

University

Freelance/Self Employment

Employment

Qualification(s)

Entry Requirements

When the course runs

What's on offer at The City of Liverpool College

What's on offer at The City of Liverpool College

All of our courses are fast-paced and work related. They are filled with tasks that give you cutting edge skills and a fantastic grounding in ICT and in the Digital Arts.

Steve Jarvis - Curriculum Team Leader in Digital Arts

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Course bundles are designed for 16 - 18 year olds only.

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