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Game Design

Game Art & Design Bachelor of Fine Arts

The Art Institute of Portland 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.
Game Art & Design

Program Description

Game Art & Design is a discipline in playful creativity. To entertain an idea is to allow it to play in one’s mind. The product is the creation of a virtual environment that engages our senses and entertains us in innovative ways. Game artists use traditional forms of media, as well as radically new kinds of tools, to communicate their ideas and realize their visions. Game artists work individually and as part of a creative team to weave together many different aspects of the look, feel and sound of a virtual environment.

Game designers create the game story, the game logic, the game space, history and timeline, fashioning together color, composition, texture, sound, 3D modeling and motion techniques. Game artists learn the nuts and bolts of how games and imaginary worlds of animation are created – they draw, sculpt, write, think, speak, work together and become adept at many kinds of software – driven by a passion for play.
Game Art & Design
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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.

Next steps

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There’s nothing like seeing our creative community for yourself. Meet our faculty, learn more about the technology you’ll use, and get acquainted with our support staff, including Career Services. You can either attend Open House or arrange for a personal tour.


We’re here to guide you step-by-step through the process.

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We realize you have questions (that’s good) because your education is a major investment. We’ll talk about your interests, and what program is a good fit for you. And our Financial Aid staff can help you review your options, including merit- and need-based scholarships, and will help you navigate the process. Contact us to get moving on your tomorrow.

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