Module details for 3D Design for 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.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Demonstrate the ability to create and present 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.

Indicative Content

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 Post-Production

Learn and apply filmic, industry standard qualities to the processing of the game imagery to enhance visual fidelity.

4 UV mapping

Create and edit UV layouts for 3D models.

5 Materials

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.

8 Sculpting

Use sculpting packages/tools to create high poly detail and generate advanced texture maps.

9 Lighting

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.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 10
Tutorial/Seminar 6
Practical Activity 20
Assessment 100
Independent 64
Total 200

Guidance notes

SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

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.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2021/22 , and may be subject to change for future years.