Through collaborations with other students, excellent instruction, and hands-on experience, you'll immerse yourself in the aesthetic techniques needed to create games, as well as game production, level design, conceptual art, and computer theory.
This deep set of proficiencies in multiple areas will increase your marketability in this fast-paced industry. From game programming to game writing, you'll graduate with a distinct set of skills that encompass the following:
CREATIVE THINKING AND AESTHETIC APPRECIATION
- Generate innovative ideas and go beyond the obvious and already defined.
- Recognize the underlying principles guiding the relevant aesthetics of a particular genre of work, art movement, or artist.
- Differentiate what is aesthetically successful or unsuccessful.
- Identify and apply foundational theories and approaches that inform contemporary creative work.
- Synthesize trends, theories, and movements in the development of new ideas.
CRITICAL THINKING AND CRITIQUE
- Deconstruct and analyze your own work and the work of others to evaluate the technical and aesthetic quality.
- Explain and justify the elements of one's own presented argument, creative work, or process.
- Listen to, evaluate, and respond critically to the ideas of others.
- Solve problems utilizing resources to find the best solutions to development challenges.
- Rapidly iterate (critically reexamine) each challenge or obstacle to arrive at the optimal outcome.
WRITTEN, ORAL, AND GROUP COMMUNICATION
- Convey ideas, information, and intentions effectively and in a manner that is appropriate to the topic, situation, and audience during presentation and critique.
- Listen effectively in order to interpret accurately and critically the oral and nonverbal messages produced by others, and display regard for other speakers' points of view and be constructive in their critique.
- Research, organize, evaluate, and document gathered information for presentational purposes.
- Write effectively in a style that is well-organized, easy to follow, and supported by sufficient and appropriate evidence.
- Identify various audience segments and show evidence of being able to adapt to those audiences.
- Express oneself clearly and appropriately during small group and team collaborations.
- Identify and communicate rules of number, pattern manipulation, and associated terminology for game art and production tools and processes.
- Effectively apply computational, arithmetic, geometric, and algebraic skills to solve problems.
- Estimate time, number, and solutions to determine outcomes and evaluate alternatives.
TRADITIONAL ARTS & ARTISTIC DIRECTION
- Render an image from observation, applying the concepts of perspective, anatomy, color theory, movement, and composition as appropriate.
- Visually conceptualize, in a clear and concise way, the artistic direction for a game or specific game assets using traditional rendering methods or digitally facilitated rendering methods.
USE OF TECHNOLOGY
- Select the correct technological tool for the task.
- Identify and anticipate new technology and rapidly adapt to the changing technological landscape.
- Appreciate the role technology plays in the creative process, collaboration, and individual practice.
- Develop a professional degree of technical proficiency using computer hardware and software appropriate to the game development industry in the creation of artwork.
EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE: PERSONAL, SOCIAL, & GLOBAL AWARENESS
- Articulate, analyze, and evaluate the meanings in your work—each design contains social contexts and in some cases ethical choices.
- Appreciate the impact of intellectual property, plagiarism, and copyright laws on your professional work.
- Take full responsibility for your creative work and its reception before a global audience.
- Listen empathetically and convey empathy for others.
- Allow others to express alternative viewpoints.
- Effectively assert yourself.
- Regardless of the task, students act in a professional manner and display a responsibility to the team and an investment in the collaboration.
LEADERSHIP, PROFESSIONALISM & CAREER PREPARATION
- As leaders in this field, students foster healthy working relationships within the team.
- Demonstrate leadership, collaboration, and team-building skills.
- Develop and present a professional portfolio.
- Identify industry expectations and apply those professional standards to your own work.
- Identify industry game art roles and the specific skill sets required by each role in order to develop a successful, individual career path.
- Overcome personal egocentricities, prejudices, and ownership issues in order to produce the best work possible for the team and maintain a healthy collaborative environment.