Diploma in 3D Game Art


Faculty: Games
Duration: 1 year (12 contact hours per week)
Delivery: Blended
Level: Diploma
Start Date: September 23rd 2024
Course Director: Kevin Adanan
Fees: €3,500
Certification: Pulse College Diploma

Games! Here at Pulse College, we love games…

Want to become  3D games artist?

This is the first-ever course devoted exclusively to 3D Game Art offered in Ireland. 3D Games Art professionals designed this course for students looking to forge a career as a 3D game artist.


So, what exactly is a game artist? A game artist is a person who makes the visuals for a 3D game. This includes both the characters and environments.

The course will take place over three semesters. In semesters 1 and 2, you will cover 3D models, texturing, working in a game engine (Unreal 5) and how to create and sculpt characters. The final semester will allow you to work on your Major Project where you can specialise in the area of 3D games you wish to work in: character art, environmental art, technical art – the choice is yours! You will emerge from this programme with a demonstrable portfolio of work to showcase to prospective employers.

Semester 1
Semester 1
  • Hard Surface 3D Modelling & Referencing
  • Life Drawing
  • Introduction to Sculpting
Semester 2
Semester 2
  • Advanced Texturing
  • Character Design
  • Game Engine Studies
  • Concept Art
Semester 3
Semester 3
  • Project


Course Modules:

  • Hard Surface 3D Modelling & Referencing
  • Life Drawing
  • Introduction to Sculpting
  • Advanced Texturing
  • Character Design
  • Concept Art
  • Game Engine Studies
  • Project
This course covers all key elements of 3D Game Art, and, over the course of your studies, you will explore the entirety of the professional 3D game artists pipeline. The programme is also designed to help you develop an understanding of 3D art more generally, thereby providing you with a number of pathways in the game industry upon your completing the programme.

Those who complete the programme will be equipped with the skills needed to find work in the game development industry, of course, but also as a 3D animator or 3D app developer.

Key Course Elements

  • Concept and develop your ideas and improve your ability to express your creativity
  • Make effective and appealing 3D models using 3DS Max
  • Make organic characters, assets and foliage using ZBrush
  • Develop and apply your life drawing skills in relation to 3D art
  • Learn advanced features in Substance Painter and Substance Designer
  • Import multiple texture maps into Unreal 5 and export Substance graphs from Substance Designer into a game engine
  • Learn to rig in 3DS Max
  • Build a full 3D environment in Unreal Engine 5, including lighting and post processing
  • Work on a specialised project of your own choosing, providing you with a centre piece for your portfolio


This course is mainly geared towards those with some basic knowledge of 3D art, and is designed to bring them up to an industry standard. However, if you feel you would like to learn more about 3D art, and are willing to work hard, then please get in touch – we would love to have you on-board!


Kevin Adanan is a Senior Artist at Dimension88, a Dublin-based 3D digital twinning company, and has also worked for a 3D app design company. Kevin has worked on published AAA video games and mobile games. He has taught at Pulse College since 2020. Kevin holds a BA (Hons) in Computer Games Art from Teeside University, Middlesbrough, UK.

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This course is suitable for anyone with some basic knowledge of 3D Art. No previous experience is required.

Upon receiving your application form our Admissions Team will be in contact to discuss securing your course place.

Educational Requirements

No industry experience is required and applicants may be accepted without formal academic qualifications.


There is no interview application for this course.


Irish / EU (Residing in Ireland)

Total cost: €3,500

Flexible Payment Option
Deposit (payable upon acceptance to the course): €800
Enrolment fee (payable in September): €1500
4 x Monthly Instalments: €300 (Oct – Jan)

**Please note: Fees are non-refundable

International / EU (living outside of Ireland)

This course is not recognised on the ILEP and therefore not available for international student application.