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Game Design & Programming

Game Art & Design Bachelor of Science

The Art Institute of California—San Diego, a campus of Argosy University can help you prepare for it.

Program Overview

In the Game Art & Design program, you’ll learn the art and design skills needed to get into the gaming field. You’ll use your talents to create applications used within the business, education, training, and entertainment industries. Graduates are prepared to seek entry-level employment in positions such as modeler, storyboard artist, animation artist, 3-D illustrator, digital artist, FX artist, video postproduction artist, broadcast graphics designer, and game designer.
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Program Description

The bachelor’s degree program in Game Art & Design prepares graduates for careers in the game and other industries as 2D and 3D artists, texture mappers, and project managers; with experience and advancement some students may become game and level designers. Students will work as members of development teams to produce digital games, interactive entertainment, and educational and training software products.

The process of designing and producing digital games and other types of interactive multimedia involves a variety of people utilizing specialized skills. Some of these skills are conceptual: designing game concepts and interactions or creating stories. Some of these skills are artistic: drawing and sketching, creating 3D models, 3D animation, and texture mapping for 3D, using industry standard software; photo manipulation and original creation of 2D art for backgrounds, and characters, and props using imaging software. Some of these skills are managerial: determining budgets and schedules for project completion and assembling the right group of creative people. Game artists may be specialists in one or two aspects of the total game development process, but their value as participants in that process is enhanced by a comprehensive knowledge of the entire operation.

In pursuing the bachelor’s degree in Game Art & Design, students are encouraged to master traditional skills through a rich variety of fundamental art courses while learning to use 2D and 3D design tools to create characters, backgrounds, animations, and textures used in producing digital games and related interactive media. In addition, they acquire a level of awareness and knowledge of the terminology used in programming and scripting to be able to converse intelligently with programmers. The bachelor’s degree program also provides a unique learning opportunity in the management of projects and game development teams. Anticipated assignments and projects include designing gameplay and back stories; creating characters and related environments; employing 3D modeling and animation software to create game art; employing 2D image software to create backgrounds and 3D textures; and applying knowledge of games to evaluate game products.

Program Objectives
• Core Skills – Graduates demonstrate the ability to apply design and art skills, both traditional and digital, towards game related projects.
• Principles of Gaming: Graduates employ the principles of gaming, to plan, design, and create environments, level play, background stories, and characters.
• Industry Readiness: Graduates demonstrate the requisite skills in presentation, interviewing, networking, resume-building and game business knowledge critical to seeking an entry-level artist and/or designer position in the industry.
• Technology and Production – Graduates demonstrate the ability to apply the skills necessary to create quality game-ready assets using industry standard techniques and tools.
• Professional Practice – Graduates demonstrate knowledge of the managerial and developmental aspects of the game production pipeline and demonstrate knowledge of planning, budgeting, specifications, constraints, scope, teamwork, problem solving, and deadlines that go into making a market-ready game.

Graduation Requirements
To receive a Bachelor of Science Degree in Game Art & Design, students must: receive a passing grade or credit for all required coursework; earn a minimum of 180 quarter credits; achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher; meet portfolio or other requirements as outlined by the program; and satisfy all financial obligations to The Art Institute.
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Students need to meet all requirements. The Art Grant is not offered at all Art Institute schools and the grant amounts vary by location; check with the school you’re considering attending for exceptions and details.

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