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Undergraduate Major Game Art and Interactive Design (BS)

Bring the Virtual World to Life with a Major in Game Art & Interactive Design

Whether it's creating lifelike characters, imagining rich virtual game worlds or designing creatures from another planet, SNHU's Bachelor of Science in Game Art and Interactive Designcan get you on your way to working in the fast-paced, exciting world of video game art.

This BS 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.

Designed to incorporate industry experience and prepare you for the workplace more rapidly, a number of your credits will be earned through experiential learning - which may include studio work, lab work, project-based courses, internships, or industry certifications.

You’ll also learn through a mix of face-to-face classroom and online formats. That means less seat time in traditional classroom settings, and more time engaging with faculty members as project leads, internship advisors, or coaches.

Inkwell Interactive Studio

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.

See Yourself Succeed with a Major in Game Art & Interactive Design

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:

  • Supportive community. Join the SNHU campus community of students who are closely connected with faculty and staff dedicated to your success
  • Affordability. It’s our mission to make higher education more accessible. That’s why, SNHU is one of the most affordable private, nonprofit universities in New Hampshire. 
  • Accessible faculty. Learn from highly credentialed faculty who are experts in their fields and interact with you in the classroom, dining hall, fitness center and the stands
  • Opportunity. Tap into our nationwide network of alumni and strong connections with employers for internship and career opportunities
  • Campus experience. Enjoy more than 50 student clubs, champion Division II athletics and fun events on our 300-acre campus in Manchester, N.H., named a "Best Place to Live" by Money magazine

Internships & Outcomes

In addition to exposing you to faculty with industry experience, SNHU's BS Game Art and Interactive Design 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 BS Game Art and Interactive Design program prepares you well for positions such as game artist, character artist, environment artist, technical artist and animator.

Curriculum

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.

Courses To Prepare You For Your Life & Career

SNHU's bachelor's in game art and development program includes:

  • General education courses
  • Degree-specific courses

General Education Program

SNHU's required general education program, known as The Commons, aims to guide you toward success in not only your academic career, but your personal and professional life too.

Throughout the curriculum, you'll gain some of the most in-demand skills in today's workplace, including:

  • Research and information analysis
  • Diverse audience communication
  • Critical thinking and ethical problem solving
  • Leadership, emotional intelligence and collaboration

This expertise will prove practical, transferable and invaluable as you grow in your career and contribute positively to society.

Beyond foundational skill development, the general education program also provides the benefit of allowing you to explore a wide range of fields outside of your intended major.

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Campus Undergraduate Tuition

Our Manchester campus aims to keep tuition and related costs low for our students so that you can pursue your degree and your goals.

University Accreditation

Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.

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