What will I learn?

Overview

This is a potential research degree area, subject to the approval of the University. If you are interested in undertaking a research degree in this area.

Game Art and Animation are applied professional disciplines within the games industry, drawing upon complex creative, conceptual, and technical skillsets. Practice in this field includes but is not limited to: 2D digital art production, 3D modelling and sculpting, photogrammetry, graphic design and illustration, user interface design, keyframe animation, motion capture, and technical arts and scripting.

In a research context, Abertay can provide expert supervision drawing upon academic and industry experience to supervise practice-based research in Game Art and Animation. This can include research not only for the games industry - for instance through development of workflows and production methodologies for content creation - but also for other applications of Game Art and Animation, such as in applied games, in visualisation, and in heritage and cultural projects.

Abertay University is the lead partner for InGAME: Innovation for Games and Media Enterprise, an AHRC-funded R&D centre for Dundee’s games cluster. Postgraduate students at the University will have access to research and development opportunities, as well as contact with professionals working within the games industry. Dundee is one of the UK’s oldest and most successful games hubs, and we have longstanding relationships with local, national and international game studios.

Our research degrees

You have the option of studying an MSc by Research, an MPhil or a PhD.

When deciding which degree is right for you, you should consider the level of commitment required, the duration, cost and your career aspirations.

That being said, our research degrees are flexible. You can begin an MSc or an MPhil and then seek to transfer to a PhD without having to start your project all over again. You can also switch from full-time to part-time study, and vice versa.

MPhil

The award of Master of Philosophy demonstrates a systematic understanding of knowledge and a critical awareness of current problems and/or the application of original thought, much of which is at (or informed by) the forefront of your field of study or area of professional practice.

How long is an MPhil?

If you are studying full-time, you are expected to complete the award in 24 months. The minimum period to receive this award is 12 months and the maximum is 48 months.

If you are studying part-time, you are expected to complete the award in 48 months. The minimum period to receive this award on a part-time basis is 24 months and the maximum is 72 months.

Which department am I in?

Abertary University

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
£14,750.00 (US$ 19,827) per year
Continuation Fee for PhD/MPhil (per academic year) £500.

This is a fixed fee
Application deadline

Expected March, July 2022

Start date

Expected June, October 2022

Venue

Abertay University

Bell Street,

Dundee,

Dundee, City Of,

DD1 1HG, Scotland

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students should have a Bachelor’s degree (BA/BSc) with a GPA of 3.0-3.33 corresponds to a UK 2:1 (Upper Second) and a GPA of 2.7-3.0 is compares to a UK 2:2 (Lower Second) degree.

For international students

The minimum entry requirement for all our research degrees is an Upper Second Class Honours degree (or equivalent) at undergraduate level in an appropriate discipline and/or a Master’s degree. In some cases, appropriate professional or experiential learning may be considered in combination with a lower classification of Honours degree. IELTS 6.5 with no band less than 6.0 and TOEFL 80 with no band less than 18.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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