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Digital Skills for Growth (Art for Games and Film)
University Certificate in Professional Development


Course overview

Concept art is a key part of the production pipeline within the creative industries. It uses practical drawing and digital painting techniques to create artwork suitable for visual media, such as games, film, advertising and animation.

You are guided through the skills required of a concept artist to work within the industry. You learn digital painting techniques spanning character, environment and key moment design that can be applied to many different career routes, and are shown examples of how these skills can be made approachable for different age groups of students through idea generation and problem-solving exercises.

Through experimentation and research, you develop an efficient workflow that allows you to create engaging digital artwork that can be applied to your own interest areas.You need access to a PC or laptop, internet, Procreate and Adobe software.Guidance notes for Applicants


Course details

What you study

• Digital painting and imaginative drawing.
• Identifying and categorising tasks relevant to concept artists.
• Exploring techniques to produce a variety of visual ideas.
• Developing the ability to create a range of iterations.
• Appropriate responses to a given brief.
• Presentation skills.

How you learn

You learn by applying, under guidance in a tutorial, your drawing skills to a digital platform to respond to a series of briefed tasks. You develop your approach to drawing and prepare a portfolio in your weekly tutorials. You cover:

• researching your own areas of interest within concept art
• character art
• environment art
• illustration and storyboarding.

Outside of class time, you are expected to continue developing your skills through drawing in a sketchbook and researching available industry work.

This course is delivered online by webinar and using blackboard which is ideal for forums or contacts to others on this programme.

How you are assessed

100% in-course assessment on a pass/fail basis – there are no exams.

The portfolio consists of two parts:

Part one – artwork produced in response to the weekly tasks

Part two – a choice of briefs, you select one based on your interests

This module concentrates on creativity and the ability to communicate effectively through visuals. The modules also focuses on the practices involved within concept art and how these can be addressed through creative briefs with the exploration of generating various ideas.

Your portfolio of development work demonstrates a range of skills relevant to concept art. These are linked to tutorial activities. The work is submitted every three-four weeks so you can receive feedback to improve your work.

In addition, you are given formative verbal feedback during the module.


Entry requirements

Entry requirements

You must work for any size of company or sector in Durham.



Career opportunities

Support career change, Retraining opportunity



2021/22 entry

Fee for applicants:

  • Length: Credits: 20, Level 4, Fully funded support * eligibility applies
  • Wednesays, 1.00pm - 4.30pm. 10 weeks.
  • Start date: Starts Wednesday 3 March, each Wednesday for 10 weeks, 1.00pm-4.30pm. Applications close Friday 6 February 5.00pm.

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