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Online Game Art Degree Bachelor of Arts in Game Design

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Register By: August 31 Classes Start: September 02

Level Up Your Skills

  • $330/credit (120 total credits)
  • Create a portfolio of front-end game art assets to show employers
  • No application fee or SAT/ACT scores
  • Transfer up to 90 credits
  • Learn while using industry-standard 3D and 2D graphics software
  • Get job-ready for game and simulation development

Game Art and Development Program Overview

Take your love of gaming and game design to a whole new level.

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 (BA) in Game Art and Development.

As an online game design degree that zeroes in on game art, this program can help you build a portfolio of compelling front-end game designs. You'll use industry-standard 3D and 2D graphic software to learn and apply game design and game art principles such as:

  • 3D modeling and sculpting
  • Lighting, shading and texturing
  • Illustration and digital painting
  • Rigging and character animation

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 markets are booming – 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.

Interested in the science behind gaming? Our online game programming degree program can teach you how to create interactive game experiences through rule design, play mechanics and more.

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What You'll Learn

  • Digital game and interactive media element design
  • Design strategy recommendations
  • Application of industry tools
  • Creative and collaborative problem solving
  • Design optimization for various digital platforms

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How You'll Learn

At SNHU, you'll get support from day 1 to graduation and beyond. And with no set class times, 24/7 access to the online classroom, and helpful learning resources along the way, you'll have everything you need to reach your goals.

Career Outlook

SNHU offers a critical advantage in a highly competitive field, as our program uniquely focuses on today's industry standards and essential skill-building to excel in game art and design.

Whether it's for games or movies, ed-tech or the military, here are just a few careers you might land with an online game art  degree:

3D Modeler

Give your career dimension by creating detailed 3D models of objects and characters for film and video studios, game design organizations, or even architecture firms. 


Bring your career to life as an animator. Animate objects, rigged characters and creatures for things like video games, movies, advertisements and TV shows. 

Concept Artist

Envision and plan the look and feel of virtual worlds. Visualize and create art for characters, creatures, vehicles, environments and other creative assets.

User Interface (UI) Artist

Design and draw the menus, heads-up display and other navigational components of a game or virtual environment.

Almost anything you need to build or create in the 21st century begins with a model, animation or both, because these tools can help pinpoint design flaws, identify areas of improvement and ultimately reduce costs.

The practical application of these skills is one of the big reasons Danielle Rumbaugh '20 was able to take her career to the next level.

"When I first started the game art program, I worked at a small game company," Rumbaugh said. "Applying the knowledge I learned from SNHU really pushed the limits of what I thought I was capable of."

Learning the ins and outs of industry tools, she made the decision to "jump right in and do it." That attitude ultimately helped her become her own boss.

"Building up these skills was what gave me the courage to start my business and reach out to new companies," she said.

Now, as a contract artist, Rumbaugh has already collected her share of big wins. She's even had her work featured in Aviation Week and Space Technology.

As far as future goals? She's aiming even higher. "I’m hoping that I will eventually be able to work on my first console game as a contract artist," she said.

Job Growth and Salary

Salaries can vary by location, experience and work environment. There are many specialized roles in the gaming industry, each requiring different subsets of skills and responsibilities, making wage estimations difficult to predict.

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Job Growth

According to Newzoo, the global video game industry is projected to grow beyond $218.7 billion by 2024.1 The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects an 8% job growth for special effects artists and animators through 2032.2 

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According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, special effects artists and animators reportedly earned a median annual wage of $98,950 in 2022.2

Understanding the Numbers
When reviewing job growth and salary information, it’s important to remember that actual numbers can vary due to many different factors — like years of experience in the role, industry of employment, geographic location, worker skill and economic conditions. Cited projections do not guarantee actual salary or job growth.

Start Your Journey Toward an Online Game Art and Development Degree

Take Your Career to the Next Level

Danielle RumbaughDanielle Rumbaugh '20

"When I first started the game art program, I worked at a small game company. Applying the knowledge I learned from SNHU really pushed the limits of what I thought I was capable of."

Courses & Curriculum

Our curriculum was designed to help you become proficient with design tools like Adobe Software Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign) and 3DS Max. Armed with these tools, you'll build an eye-catching portfolio that includes original character and creature designs. You'll also gain demonstrated experience designing interactive 3D environments.

Courses mirror the standard workflow pipeline used in the industry for the production of art assets. You'll apply these skills to 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.

Additionally, our expert faculty of gaming vets can share their broad experience within the gaming industry.

Curriculum Requirements & Resources

General Education

All undergraduate students are required to take general education courses, which are part of SNHU's newly redesigned program, The Commons. The goal of The Commons' curriculum is to empower you with some of the most in-demand skills, so you can succeed not only in your academic career, but in your personal and professional life too.

Technology Resources

We provide cloud-based virtual environments in some courses to give you access to the technology you need for your degree – and your career. Learn more about our virtual environments.

Earn Math Credits

Save time and tuition with our Pathways to Math Success assessments. Depending on your scores, you could earn up to 12 math credits – the equivalent of 4 courses – toward your degree for less than $50 per assessment. For additional information, or to register for a Pathways to Math Success assessment, contact your admission counselor or academic advisor today.

University Accreditation

New England Commission of Higher Education 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.

Tuition & Fees

As a private, nonprofit university, we’re committed to making college more accessible by making it more affordable. That’s why we offer some of the lowest online tuition rates in the nation.

We also 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.

Online Undergraduate Programs Per Course Per Credit Hour Annual Cost for 30 credits 
Degree/Certificates $990 $330 $9,900
Degree/Certificates (U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty)* $693 $231 $6,930

Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually. *Note: students receiving this rate are not eligible for additional discounts.

Additional Costs No Application Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)

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