Computer Arts

Immerse yourself in a world where art, media and games join forces to deliver one of the most distinguished Computer Arts degrees in Europe.

Course detail

Start Date



4 years

Award Title

BA (Hons)



Why Study Abertay's BA (Hons) in Computer Arts?

This professionally-accredited programme develops your skills and understanding in the diverse domain of digital arts and design through stimulating subjects such as animation, media design, 3D modelling, concept development and character design.

Join a progressive course that equips you with the necessary practical skills, theoretical knowledge, and creative tools you need to explore and build your digital arts and design practice. You’ll lead the design and production of a range of creative content for computer games, digital illustration, concept art, animation, visual effects and much more.

You’ll discover how to develop your critical and contextual understanding of the digital arts and expand your knowledge base. Additional to your menu of lectures and classes, you’ll have opportunities to engage with industry practitioners, attend visiting lectures, participate in masterclasses and receive project mentoring. 

Our open-plan studios are designed to cultivate interdisciplinary study. This means you’ll have the opportunity to use cutting-edge technology and entertainment production techniques as you work collaboratively with students in game design, games technology, and sound production.

This degree is accredited by ScreenSkills, the UK Sector Skills Council for Creative Media Industries, and also by TIGA, the trade association representing the UK video games industry.

All of which ensures you’ll graduate with the skills and knowledge you need to develop a successful career in the creative art industries. 

Abertay is widely regarded as THE place to study for a games degree. But don't take our word for it:

  • Sunday Times UK University of the Year 2020 for Teaching Quality.
  • Guardian University Guide 2020 Top 10 in the UK for Student Satisfaction with TeachingCourse and Feedback.
  • National Student Survey 2020 Top 10 UK Universities for Student Satisfaction.
  • Princeton Review 2020 best in Europe for Video Games Education for the 6th year in a row.


Always-On Online Open Day

We aim to immerse you in student life here at Abertay and give you a true feel for our courses and our amazing academic community.

  • Experience our Always-On Open Day anytime for a mix of:

    Subject and course presentations and videos.

  • Campus tours, info on applying, funding, student support and accommodation.

  • What the city of Dundee is like to live in.

Take time to soak it all in.



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How the Course Works

Please note: You can tailor your education during your time on the Computer Arts programme, with flexible module briefs and optional modules designed to fit specialist interests and to develop depth in your subject knowledge.

Years 3 and 4 use open project briefs and optional modules to support specialisation in areas such as art and design, animation, game art production, digital illustration, installation and/or time based digital media artwork.

Learning and Assessment

Lectures and practical tutorials are where you’ll work with staff, other students and industry mentors to develop unique solutions to project briefs. Your tutorial sessions will focus on developing innovative ideas, process and technique that lead to a final outcome.

We believe that portfolios of creative work represent artist and designers at their best. Therefore, they form the majority of our assessments, often submitted with supporting documentation to underpin your creative work and intellectual insights. Academic writing also contributes to assessments often in the form of critique or reflective reports to develop your contextual awareness and subject knowledge.

Visual presentations develop critical communication skills and are core to assessment. They will help build confidence and professionalism. You will learn how to best display your work, research and development processes to the programme team and industry mentors.

There are no formal examinations on the programme.


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Entry Requirements

Essential requirements: Applicants are required to submit an ePortfolio of work. You can find the Computer Arts ePortfolio Guidelines here

Please visit our Entry from College pages for suitable College courses.

Republic of Ireland applicants, click on the UK tabs and scroll down to find your Entry Requirements.

See information about studying and applying to Abertay for International students.

Qualification Type Grade Requirements Essential Subjects
Higher (standard entry) AABB Art or Photography or Graphic Communication or Production Design
Higher (minimum entry) We may make you an offer at the minimum entry grades if you meet the criteria. Find out if you're eligible for minimum entry (see below). BBB Art or Photography or Graphic Communication or Production Design plus online portfolio
A-Level BBC Art or Graphic Design or Design and Technology: Production Design (3D Design)
Irish Highers H2H2H3H3 Art
International Baccalaureate 30 Points Visual Arts or Fine Art at S5 or H4
BTEC Extended Diploma DDM Art & Design or Creative Digital Media Production or Creative Media Production
Qualification Type Grade Requirements Essential Subjects
Advanced Higher AAB Computing and Art
A-Level AAB Computing and Art
HND - Our Entry from College pages list approved HND courses

Non-country specific qualifications


International Baccalaureate

English B at S5 or H4 (If doing English A – no need for any result)

European Baccalaureate

6 (English L1) or 7 (English L2)


Country Specific Requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants from over the world. Select your country from the below options.