This education could be a game changer
You’re already part of the online gaming community. Why not join the online creative community at Miami International University of Art & Design? Our convenient online Bachelor of Fine Arts in Game Art & Design program can prepare you to pursue work in the gaming industry that motivates you.* And you can take classes from your favorite gaming chair, right at home.
Coursework includes studying augmented and virtual reality—and the real economics of creating a market-ready game. You’ll work on professional-grade technology and software, alongside other online students and professional instructors** who share their experiences and feedback.
Prepare to learn about game design, 2D concept art, 3D modeling, and texturing. If you’re ready to up your game, we are ready to see you in our program.
What Will I Study?
Our curriculum is designed to help develop the tools and skills to pursue employment in the industry. Students will be mentored by faculty – many of whom are working or have worked in the industry and obtain invaluable guidance to create a standout portfolio.
Gain figure drawing skills and perspective that help you to understand anatomy—a vital skill when creating movement through animation.
Foundational Drawing and Perspective
Explore the movement of elements in the game space, including form, structure, and physics that determine how characters perform.
Learn about lighting techniques and how they may be used to inform, balance, and move through a space, design, or game.
Learn to create functional, practical environments that carry through a theme, aesthetic, and story. This design takes place in both 2D & 3D spaces.
Form, Function and Topology
Learn about game prototyping, the process of ironing out gameplay and functionality.
Study how to design engaging, informative, exciting environments—that drive a user forward and enhance the story.
Each degree offered includes an Introductory Technology Fee designed to provide you with the technology you need to get started with your program. The fee covers the cost of an iPad, Apple Pencil and a smart keyboard. In addition, each program includes a Technology Fee that provides the industry-relevant tools and specialized software you’ll need as you move through coursework and assignments. The items included as part of this fee will support your collaboration with other students and assist you in creating a portfolio to present to potential future employers.
• Students have the option to opt out of the Introductory Technology Fee and/or Technology Fee and purchase necessary technology on their own. Tuition includes required eBooks and basic software for all courses within the student's program of study. Students are responsible for procuring and/or replenishing any other equipment or materials as required. Please contact your enrollment counselor for a full list of items that make up the technology fee. Technology specifications are subject to change and/or be replaced with a comparable item due to vendor availability. Some technology fee components are distributed over the course of a student’s program; some technology fee components are downloadable items.
- Laptop and external drive
- Creative Pen Tablet
- Professional headphones
- VR Headset & Accessories (XR concentration track)
- Program specific software, including the Adobe Suite.
Upcoming Start Dates
Prospective students may apply for admission at any time. Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis and prospective students are encouraged to apply as early as possible prior to their intended start date. Admitted students may begin their program of study at the start of any quarter (i.e., October, January, April, or July) or mid-quarter (i.e., February, May, August, or November).
If you’re ready to apply, please follow these simple steps: Complete an online application form. Then, within 10 days of applying, send us your high school transcript or high school equivalency certification (or exam, depending on the context) (such as the GED®), and any other college or military transcripts you may have. In the meantime, we’ll work with you to arrange a virtual interview where we can get to know you and your interests in attending college.
GED® is a registered mark of American Council on Education.
To successfully participate in online learning, students must have a computer and stable internet connection. Additional software and hardware differs by program of study. Have questions about whether you’re set up to start online learning? Talk to one of our Admissions Representatives.