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Game Art Degree

Bachelor of Fine Arts

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The fusion of imagination, technology, and creative thinking to create an impactful virtual experience is the ingenuity of game art. As a game artist, you’ll have the power to temporarily transform life by delivering game art to others through a unique and groundbreaking interactive medium.

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Game Art Program Overview

As a student in the Game Art Program, you’ll learn the fundamentals of game art from character design and development to motion studies and animated storytelling. You’ll work in an intimate environment of limited students for a more individual experience. But you’ll also interact with students from different programs to acquire a broader perspective that fosters greater creativity.

You’ll graduate with a unique vision and the ability to adapt and apply your skills across many spectrums as needed.

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Game Art heroine playing a game she designed.
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Game Art Program Highlights

3D Modeling

Students develop skills to equip them for entry level 3D modeling work at various studios.

Visual Storytelling

Students demonstrate understanding of narrative + visual storytelling fundamentals, cinematic form, and coherent delivery.

Environment Design

Students create environments using 2D/3D tools for use in still renderings or animated sequences.


Students create appropriate lighting for 3D scenes or replicate lighting to be used in 2D animation, represented by the application of traditional lighting and shading techniques. 

Character Rigging

Students demonstrate a fundamental understanding of rigging principles and how they would be applied into an animated sequence.

Texture Mapping

Students create appropriate textures for the shot, whether realistic or stylized. 


Students demonstrate a solid foundational knowledge of the principles of animation.

Observational Drawing

Students demonstrate strong drawing, composition, anatomy, color and perspective skills.

Liberal Arts

The Liberal Arts curriculum is an exciting part of every student’s academic and creative journey at RMCAD. These courses provide the opportunity for students to engage with complex questions and ideas to develop critical thinking skills, a global consciousness, and awareness of art historical foundations that are essential for their intellectual, creative, and personal growth.

Global Consciousness

The curious engagement with communities, perspectives, and narratives that do not match our own offers the opportunity to see one’s personal and creative role in our local, national, and global communities. 

Critical Awareness

The willingness to ask questions and resist easy answers & simplistic dualities offers the opportunity to more clearly understand the complexity and multifaceted reality of history, creativity, and human communities. 

Information Literacy

The ability to read closely, critique freely, and seek additional verifiable information offers the opportunity to more holistically discern the veracity of the information that inundates our lives.

Credits pie chart for the Game Art Bachelor of Fine Arts program. 48 credits in game art, 30 credits in liberal arts, 24 credits in foundations, 15 credits in art history, and 6 credits in studio electives for a total of 123 credits.

Game Art Degree Requirements

RMCAD’s Game Art curriculum is a merger of technical and artistic coursework that covers the computer, analytical, and technical skills necessary to understand the mechanics of game art. This comprehensive approach will inform and inspire your work as a game artist!

* RMCAD offers classes year-round in both on-campus and online delivery formats. At RMCAD, we believe that online learning is an important part of the overall college learning experience. To provide students multiple scheduling options, diverse learning modalities, and experience in the virtual environment, all on-campus students are required to take part in online education.

Tech + Tools

A game artist’s tools are an imagination and a good grasp of computer technology. You’ll spend a lot of your time working over a laptop or in front of a desktop; a tablet and stylus will become a part of your routine.


Game Art Careers

RMCAD Game Art graduates have taken on the world of art and design, and have pursued careers across several disciplines.

Potential Career Paths

Student Work + Success

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Stories @ RMCAD

Game Art Faculty

Our faculty understand the “art of play” and how to share that concept with students in a fun and interesting way!

Game Art Events

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