Whether it's creating lifelike characters, imagining rich virtual game worlds or designing creatures from another planet, SNHU's Bachelor of Arts in Game Art and Development can get you on your way to working in the fast-paced, exciting world of video game art.
This BA program balances fundamental skill development with advanced training in the techniques used by industry professionals today. Students learn and apply principles used in video game art asset creation such as 3D modeling, lighting, shading, anatomy illustration, digital painting, 3D mesh topology, texturing and rigging. Courses mirror the standard workflow pipeline used in industry for the production of art assets for multiple video game platforms, including web, console, PC and mobile. You'll graduate with a vast toolkit of skills and a body of work for your portfolio.
Looking to level up your portfolio? SNHU’s Inkwell Interactive Studio on campus can help you gain the experience you need to break into the industry. Modeled after a real-life work environment, Inkwell connects you with internal and external clients to fully design and implement projects – from virtual tours and games to medical simulators and more.
Creativity, critical thinking and technical skills all come together in this highly sought-after undergraduate program. You'll emerge with the skills you need to enter an industry that's both fast-paced and always changing.
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission - to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of majoring in game art and development at SNHU include:
In addition to exposing you to faculty with industry experience, SNHU's BA in Game Art and Development helps you develop deep connections with other professionals. Students have opportunities to complete internships with game development companies, interact with industry professionals who regularly speak on campus and join a vibrant community of game developers in the game design club.
Most importantly, students in the program work on teams to develop publication-quality games as part of GameJams and other competitions held throughout the school year. So when you graduate, you have connections in the industry and a rich portfolio of work to show prospective employers.
The game design industry in the United States continues to grow, with industry revenues topping $30.4 billion in 2016 according to the Entertainment Software Association. The SNHU Game Art and Development program prepares you well for positions such as game artist, character artist, environment artist, technical artist and animator.
Coursework includes requirements from our undergraduate School of Arts and Sciences, such as Intro to Creative Writing, Intro to Drawing and World Mythology. Classes within this major include Creature Design, Intro to Digital Sculpting, 3-D Art and Design, and so much more.
Faculty push, inspire and encourage you to realize your full potential as a game artist. At Southern New Hampshire University, we keep classes small, allowing you to connect with faculty who are there to support you on your journey. Take Professor Ed Brillant, for example - a former art director at Seven45 Studios in Boston with more than 10 years of experience in the game art industry, having worked on games for companies such as Microsoft, Sony and Apple. Students are consistently connected with faculty members who really know what it takes to be successful in the industry.
SNHU's bachelor's in game art and development program includes:
General Education Program
Our programs are designed to equip you with the skills and insights you need to move forward. In recent years, employers have stressed the need for graduates with higher order skills - the skills that go beyond technical knowledge - such as:
All bachelor's students are required to take general education classes. Through foundation, exploration and integration courses, students learn to think critically, creatively and collaboratively, giving you the edge employers are looking for.
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