Game Art and Design Hero

Game Art& Design

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.

Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Game Art & Design

Quarter Credit Hours:
180
Timeframe:
12 Quarters

Gainful Employment

Outcomes

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Game Art & Design

Outcomes

See ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/87 for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will:

  • Develop concepts and storyboards for game ideas.
  • Create 3D high/low poly models of props, vehicles, buildings and landscapes.
  • Create UV maps and textures for all game assets.
  • Rig and animate a variety of two- and multi-legged creatures.
  • Light environments and burn textures with light for optimal game use.
  • Develop a game using existing game engines.
  • Learn professional practices while working in a team: communication, development of pipeline, problem solving, and product delivery.

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Classroom Experience

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

  • Dean Zulich

    Dean Zulich

    Digital Photography , 2007

    "I maintain relationships with the faculty [at The Art Institute of Seattle], and have been happy to speak to students when I go back to Seattle."

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    Dean Zulich

    Dean Zulich is self-employed as a photographer in Los Angeles, California. He books shoots, markets his business, and oversees pre- and post-production. Dean is proud to have been the runner up on VH1’s “The Shot,” a reality TV show that gave 10 amateur photographers a chance at becoming a fashion photographer. He also joined the Hall of Fame at The Art Institute of Seattle and was featured on a “Digital Photo Pro” cover and in a “Boston Globe” article.

    Dean says that he came into school as a “point and shoot” photographer and left knowing the principles of photography, from lighting and post-production. “I maintain relationships with the faculty [at The Art Institute of Seattle], and have been happy to speak to students when I go back to Seattle.” He adds that one of the best parts of his job is working for himself—and making his own hours. He also travels the world and is surrounded by other creative people.

    Dean, who in 2007 earned an Associate of Applied Arts in Photography from The Art Institute of Seattle, says that he started his photographic journey shooting landscapes. Today he is excited to have achieved his professional goal of becoming a photographer. “[My education] has played a tremendous role in the development of my career.”

    See ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/4444 for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

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  • Jeffrey Vergge

    Jeffrey Vergge

    , 2000

    "I can work all night on a project and feel fantastic and energized. When I go to bed I can't sleep because I'm so excited about what I just created."

    Read More
    Jeffrey Vergge

    Jeffrey Veregge is working as a senior designer for Masterworks. He started as an intern and worked his way up into production art, design, studio management—and now senior designer. “We’re a marketing company to nonprofits. We do catalogs, magazine ads, and digital.” Jeffrey springs into action when there’s an emergency, such as a typhoon or earthquake, to create needed materials for clients.

    In addition to his position at Masterworks, Jeffrey is known for his art, Salish Geek. “I take my passions for comic books, sci-fi, horror, fantasy, and blend it with my Native American heritage and designer background.” He jokes that he still has the same creative dreams that he did as a child. “I still read comics, I still love toys, I’ve never grown up and I don’t feel the need to do that. I feel connected to the characters that I’ve always loved. I’m connected to the genres that I care most about. “

    Jeffrey, who in 2000 earned an Associate of Applied Arts in Industrial Design Technology from The Art Institute of Seattle, says that he’s always had a talent for drawing. “Having those kind of passions and having those skills is never enough. If you really want to make it, you have to work at it.” He says that his education helped him to fine-tune his passion and focus it into a career path that’s led him to his present position. “I can work all night on a project and feel fantastic and energized. When I go to bed I can’t sleep because I’m so excited about what I just created.

    See ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/90 for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

    Read More...
  • Steven James Taylor

    Steven James Taylor

    , 2006

    "I design not on paper, but with a pair of calipers, an exacto blade, and a hand tool."

    Read More
    Steven James Taylor

    Steven James Taylor is working as an advanced model maker for Apple, Inc. in Cupertino, California. He’s responsible for designing and creating interaction prototypes to support Apple’s industrial and interaction design. “I love how things are made and greatly enjoy solving mechanical problems and seeing a pile of nuts, bolts, and other parts come together into a working prototype,” Steven says.

    He says that a typical day consists of balancing his work between a few projects. “I generally work on [anything from] designing mechanical prototypes to making physical models that portray the designs and interactions’ intent.” Steven is excited to utilize his knowledge and skill to improve the products he works on. “I am able to [provide] a unique view of how to solve a problem when given one. I am very mechanically focused—more than design driven."

    Steven, who in 2006 earned an Associate of Applied Arts in Industrial Design Technology from The Art Institute of Seattle, says that his education provided the tools he needed to transition into his creative career. “It showed me that hard work and attacking the next challenge with vigor will get you far." He recommends that current students say yes when others say no. “Question the way you and others approach a problem. Find an answer when there appears not to be one. Start thinking differently, work hard, and do what you love."

    See ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/90 for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

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What Will I Study?

Game Art Design Study Section

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 Alumni

  • Dean Zulich

    Dean Zulich

    Digital Photography , 2007

    "I maintain relationships with the faculty [at The Art Institute of Seattle], and have been happy to speak to students when I go back to Seattle."

    Read More
    Dean Zulich

    Dean Zulich is self-employed as a photographer in Los Angeles, California. He books shoots, markets his business, and oversees pre- and post-production. Dean is proud to have been the runner up on VH1’s “The Shot,” a reality TV show that gave 10 amateur photographers a chance at becoming a fashion photographer. He also joined the Hall of Fame at The Art Institute of Seattle and was featured on a “Digital Photo Pro” cover and in a “Boston Globe” article.

    Dean says that he came into school as a “point and shoot” photographer and left knowing the principles of photography, from lighting and post-production. “I maintain relationships with the faculty [at The Art Institute of Seattle], and have been happy to speak to students when I go back to Seattle.” He adds that one of the best parts of his job is working for himself—and making his own hours. He also travels the world and is surrounded by other creative people.

    Dean, who in 2007 earned an Associate of Applied Arts in Photography from The Art Institute of Seattle, says that he started his photographic journey shooting landscapes. Today he is excited to have achieved his professional goal of becoming a photographer. “[My education] has played a tremendous role in the development of my career.”

    See ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/4444 for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

    Read More...
  • Jeffrey Vergge

    Jeffrey Vergge

    , 2000

    "I can work all night on a project and feel fantastic and energized. When I go to bed I can't sleep because I'm so excited about what I just created."

    Read More
    Jeffrey Vergge

    Jeffrey Veregge is working as a senior designer for Masterworks. He started as an intern and worked his way up into production art, design, studio management—and now senior designer. “We’re a marketing company to nonprofits. We do catalogs, magazine ads, and digital.” Jeffrey springs into action when there’s an emergency, such as a typhoon or earthquake, to create needed materials for clients.

    In addition to his position at Masterworks, Jeffrey is known for his art, Salish Geek. “I take my passions for comic books, sci-fi, horror, fantasy, and blend it with my Native American heritage and designer background.” He jokes that he still has the same creative dreams that he did as a child. “I still read comics, I still love toys, I’ve never grown up and I don’t feel the need to do that. I feel connected to the characters that I’ve always loved. I’m connected to the genres that I care most about. “

    Jeffrey, who in 2000 earned an Associate of Applied Arts in Industrial Design Technology from The Art Institute of Seattle, says that he’s always had a talent for drawing. “Having those kind of passions and having those skills is never enough. If you really want to make it, you have to work at it.” He says that his education helped him to fine-tune his passion and focus it into a career path that’s led him to his present position. “I can work all night on a project and feel fantastic and energized. When I go to bed I can’t sleep because I’m so excited about what I just created.

    See ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/90 for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

    Read More...
  • Steven James Taylor

    Steven James Taylor

    , 2006

    "I design not on paper, but with a pair of calipers, an exacto blade, and a hand tool."

    Read More
    Steven James Taylor

    Steven James Taylor is working as an advanced model maker for Apple, Inc. in Cupertino, California. He’s responsible for designing and creating interaction prototypes to support Apple’s industrial and interaction design. “I love how things are made and greatly enjoy solving mechanical problems and seeing a pile of nuts, bolts, and other parts come together into a working prototype,” Steven says.

    He says that a typical day consists of balancing his work between a few projects. “I generally work on [anything from] designing mechanical prototypes to making physical models that portray the designs and interactions’ intent.” Steven is excited to utilize his knowledge and skill to improve the products he works on. “I am able to [provide] a unique view of how to solve a problem when given one. I am very mechanically focused—more than design driven."

    Steven, who in 2006 earned an Associate of Applied Arts in Industrial Design Technology from The Art Institute of Seattle, says that his education provided the tools he needed to transition into his creative career. “It showed me that hard work and attacking the next challenge with vigor will get you far." He recommends that current students say yes when others say no. “Question the way you and others approach a problem. Find an answer when there appears not to be one. Start thinking differently, work hard, and do what you love."

    See ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/90 for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

    Read More...
Miami International University of Art & Design alumni Marlon Munoz 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