SCQF Level: 08
Module Code: DES204
Credit Value: 20
Term: Term 1
School: School of Arts, Media and Games
This module will introduce students to the 3D game art pipeline, providing them with the knowledge and skills required to design and build their own 3D assets for games.
The aim of this module is to provide the student with the technical and conceptual skills required to create 3D assets for games.
By the end of this module the student should be able to:
1. Demonstrate the ability to create textured 3D game assets for application in a game engine.
2. Apply theories of colour, light, and composition to the iterative design and development of a 3D scene.
3. Deliver a portfolio of 3D game assets that demonstrates an appreciation of how artwork should be prepared and presented to prospective employers.
1 Software skills
Work with a range of 2D, 3D, and game engine tools to produce 3D game assets.
2 Polygon modelling
Use polygon modelling tools to build 3D assets for games.
3 Curves and NURBS modelling
Create polygon models for games using curves and NURBS modelling tools.
4 UV mapping
Create and edit UV layouts for 3D models.
Learn to select, edit, and apply materials to 3D models in both 3D software and in game engines.
6 Texture production
Use 2D graphics packages to build textures and texture sets for 3D game models.
7 3D painting
Create texture maps using 3D painting packages and techniques.
Use sculpting packages/tools to create high poly detail and generate advanced texture maps.
Apply theories of colour and light to 3D game scenes.
10 Modular production
Learn to create modular 3D assets appropriate for the production of game scenes.
Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment
Students will be supported by a series of 12 x 1-hour tutorials that will introduce and demonstrate the use of core 3D production techniques. In addition to tutorials, students will attend 12 x 2-hour supervised practicals. In Teaching Weeks 3, 5, 9, and 11, students will participate in 3-hour unsupervised practicals. In these sessions, students will be allocated activities that consolidate knowledge gained in lectures and tutorials, resulting in work that should be included in the final portfolio submission. The assessment will take the form of a portfolio of 3D work. In addition to the outcomes of the unsupervised practical sessions, students will be expected to design, develop, and present a 3D scene. This 3D scene will be the major component of the final portfolio assessment.
Teaching and Learning Work Loads
|Supervised Practical Activity||24|
|Unsupervised Practical Activity||12|
Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.