Whether it's imagining rich virtual game worlds or designing creatures from another planet, you'll be on the right path to the fast-paced, exciting world of video game art and design with SNHU's Bachelor of Arts in Game Art and Development.
As an online game design degree that zeroes in on game art, this program will help you build a portfolio of compelling front-end game designs. Use industry-standard tools such as Autodesk and Adobe Photoshop to learn and apply game design and game art principles such as:
Creativity, critical thinking and technical skills all come together in this highly sought-after undergraduate program. The convenience of SNHU’s online offering means you can remain located in the areas of the country where the market is hotter – the West Coast or Florida, for instance – and 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 earning your bachelor's in game programming and development at SNHU include:
With market research firm Newzoo projecting a $128 billion global gaming market by 2020 and the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimating that job growth for multimedia artists and animators will grow 10% through 2026, it's the right time to be a game artist.* SNHU offers a critical advantage in a highly competitive field, as our program uniquely hones in on today's industry standards and essential skill-building to excel in game design and game art.
Whether it's for games or movies, ed-tech or the military, here are just a few careers our online game design degree can land you:
Almost anything you need to build or create in the 21st century begins with a model or animation or both, because these tools can help pinpoint design flaws, identify areas of improvement and ultimately reduce costs.
Additionally, our expert faculty of gaming vets has broad experience within the gaming industry.
Our curriculum will help you become proficient with design tools like Adobe Software Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, In-Design) and 3DS Max. Armed with these tools, you'll build an eye-catching portfolio that includes original character and creature designs, along with demonstrated experience designing interactive 3D environments.
Courses mirror the standard workflow pipeline used in the industry for the production of art assets for multiple video game platforms, including web, console, PC and mobile, so you'll be ready to hit the ground running in a fast-paced 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.
Total Credit Hours: 120
The following software programs will be required for use in the Game Art & Development program. Please note that system requirements may change without notice. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that they meet the minimum system requirements for these programs.
Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suite (includes Maya, 3ds Max, MotionBuilder, and Mudbox).
Students can download these products for free under an educational agreement through Autodesk.
Please note that some Autodesk products included in the Entertainment Creation Suite may not be available for Apple® Mac OS® X operating systems. Students may elect to run non-native software (most notably 3ds Max) on Windows® through Apple's Boot Camp® or Parallels Desktop® systems. Students who wish to purchase Windows® 10 may do so through Microsoft's student-only discount.
Adobe Creative Cloud (includes Photoshop, Lightroom, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat, and more)
Students can download these products for a reduced monthly cost of $19.99 through Adobe (please note that a 12-month contract is required by Adobe).
System Requirements (requirements below are listed for Photoshop and Illustrator. Given that current system requirements can change without notice from Adobe, it is best to consult the most up-to-date requirements on the Adobe website).
Operating System (PC): Microsoft® Windows® 8.1 Professional or Windows 10 Professional operating system
Operating System (Mac): Mac OS® X v10.8, v10.9, v10.10, v10.11, v10.12, v10.13, or v10.14
Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer financial aid packages to those who qualify, plus a 30% tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.
*Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.
No Application Fee, $150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)
Southern New Hampshire University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education as well as several other accrediting bodies.