Game Art& Design
Student Game Demos on Display
On March 15, 16, and 17, The Art Institutes returned for another action-packed Gaming Expo at SXSW, showcasing games from the talented students at The Art Institute of Austin, The Art Institute of Dallas, The Art Institute of Houston, and The Art Institute of San Antonio.
I want to put my ideas in play.
Welcome to one of the hardest things you’ll ever do. If you’re still reading, then you must be up to the challenge. And that’s good, because you’re also in line for a career where you can feed your passion for gaming—and turn the skills you've honed into a career where you do what you love. Your future starts in our Game Art & Design degree programs, where you can learn what you need to become a key player in the game creation process. Using the same kinds of technology professionals use, you’ll explore what it takes to get games into the production pipeline. And get yourself into a dynamic industry. You’ll be surrounded and inspired by other talented, creatively driven students. And you’ll be pushed, challenged, and, above all else, supported by experienced faculty*. It’ll put your talent and commitment to the test. But it could also put you in a position to succeed.
*Credentials and experience levels vary by faculty & instructors.
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Game Art & Design
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Game Art & Design
See ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/3071 for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.
I'm ready to take the intensity to a whole new level.
If you see yourself using your creativity to tell stories, you’re looking at a rigorous education. In Game Art & Design, you’ll start with the fundamentals like the principles of design, drawing, and color, in both traditional and digital art. You can build skills in game design, level design, 2D concept art, 3D modeling, texturing, and real-time lighting. The focus is on the principles of gaming, balance, and usability; creating the entire gaming experience; and developing games that’ll be used in industry-standard engines. You’ll explore the planning, scope, problem-solving abilities, and economics of creating a market-ready game. And through it all you’ll put in a lot of hours, work your way through a lot of trial and error, and find yourself challenged by other like-minded students. See our gainful employment pages for possible careers that match the program that interests you.
Meet our Alumni
What Will I Study?
I have the imagination. I need the tools.
In this competitive industry, companies are looking for creative people who are passionate about the craft of taking a game from concept to market-ready. The curriculum for Game Art & Design will help you prepare to do just that, as you study:
- Digital Imaging
- Life Drawing
- Drawing & Anatomy
- 2D Animation
- Digital Storytelling
- Character and Object Design
- 3D Modeling
- Game Art & Design
- Texture Mapping
- 3D Animation
- Material & Lighting
- Game Modeling
- Game Production Pipeline
- Designing Interior Spaces and Worlds
I'm looking for my proving ground.
At The Art Institutes system of schools, creativity is our core, our calling, our culture. Game Art & Design is built on that creative foundation. It’s also built on our knowledge that a creative career is not for the faint of heart. Because it’s tough out there, it’s tough in here. But we temper the tough with the support you need to make your creativity marketable. We provide the mentoring and real-world experience you need to prevail, with faculty* who’ve worked in the field and internship possibilities at successful businesses. Here, you’ll be encouraged and expected to be bold. To take risks. To push yourself and the people around you. So if your heart is telling you that you belong in a creative field, you belong here. It’s the hardest thing you’ll ever love.
*Credentials and experience levels vary by faculty and instructors.
Meet our Faculty
Patrick Brunelli-GuerraCulinary Arts
"Never say that something is impossible. See every challenge as a new opportunity for you to grow even more."Read More
International equivalency of a bachelor's degree, Culinary Arts, evaluated by Career Consulting International
B.S., Culinary Management, The Art Institute of Houston
More than 25 years' culinary experience and classical European training, including: Executive Chef, Marriott Hotels; Executive Sous Chef, Intercontinental Hotel Houston; Executive Chef, Trattoria Grappolo; Sous Chef, Sonnenalp Resort; Sous Chef, Restaurant le Beaujolais. Chef Guerra has competed and won 9 silver and bronze medals in ACF culinary competitions (2005 - 2013); Les Chaines des Rotisseurs Hospitality Award (2003); Swiss Culinary Cup, Lucerne (2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996); multiple international culinary competitions in Canada, Switzerland and Italy, including Swiss Cook of the Year 1994 and Best Apprentice of Switzerland for 1993. He is a Certified Executive Chef with The American Culinary Federation.Read More...
Zack ZwickyGraphic & Web Design
"Work hard—and do it for yourself."Read More
M.F.A., Studio Art - Graphic Communications, University of Houston
B.S., Graphic Design, The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale
A.A.S., Visual Communications, The Art Institute of Houston
Professional and academic experience includes: Faculty Member, The Art Institute of Houston, University of Houston, Rice University School of Continuing Studies; Design Studio Director, The Art Institute of Houston; Graphic Designer and Pre-Press Manager, Midtown Graphics & Press; Owner / Designer, couchpotatographics; Graphic Designer, Tomorrow's Key. Exhibitions include: A Digital Cabinet of Curiosities video installation, Blaffer Gallery, 2009; Existential Motion & Mutual Migration video installation, Box 13 Gallery, 2008; Distraction installation, Commerce Street Artist Warehouse, 2007.Read More...
I'm challenged by the opportunity to take my ideas and bring them to life. Marlon Munoz
Visual Effects & Motion Graphics, Miami International University of Art & Design, 2008