Course Comparison

MA Fine Art MA Game Design
Master of Arts - MA Master of Arts - MA
1 year 1 year
Assessment breakdown
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Course type
Full-time, Part-time route available Full-time
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Plymouth Plymouth
School of Art, Design and Architecture School of Art, Design and Architecture
Entry requirements

Academic entry requirements

For entry to postgraduate level, you should normally possess:
  • a first or upper second (2:1) degree with honours or professional qualification, recognised as being equivalent to degree standard; or
  • an ordinary degree, foundation degree, higher national diploma, or university diploma, accompanied by substantial experience in an appropriate field.
  • Applicants with overseas qualifications can check their comparability with the UK equivalent through UK ECCTIS, who provide an advisory service.
  • English language requirements. We welcome applicants with international qualifications. To view other accepted qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary. 

Non-academic entry requirements

You will be expected to submit a portfolio of work, documented in an appropriate form, and a proposal for study, for discussion at interview.
You are required to have a 2:2 degree in Game Design (or similar design-related discipline such as Digital Media Design, Computer Graphics, Software, Games Development, VR Design, among others). 
We also require suitable references from previous academic institutions and/or employers.
Applications to this course include an interview with an Admissions Tutor. This will be scheduled once applications are received by the academic team. 
Applicants are expected to present a digital portfolio with evidence of creative thinking and experience related to the games industry. This can include 2D or 3D graphics for still or animated images or user interfaces, development blogs, post-mortem presentations, production documents (when disclosure is allowed), practical projects (e.g. games, movies, plays, or other types of ludic experiences), etc. 
For applicants with previous postgraduate studies in related fields, the Programme Lead will assess the applicability of the Recognition of Prior Learning policy on a case-by-case basis. 
Alternative modes of admission, such as interview adjustments, can be provided for applicants requiring disability support.
If you have overseas qualifications you can check their comparability with the UK equivalent through UK ECCTIS, who provide an advisory service.
If your first language is not English then evidence of English proficiency is required. For further advice on the appropriateness of overseas qualifications and proficiency in the use of English, please contact our International Office. 
The minimum IELTS score for acceptable English proficiency for entry is 6.5 with a minimum 5.5 in all four components.