Three tips for game art students

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Game art is the fusion of imagination, technology and creative thinking to create an impactful virtual experience. It’s the ability to provide others the opportunity to enjoy the world you create through unique user experience. Our game art students who thrive most are the ones who strive to exceed their creative boundaries. We sat down with faculty members of the Animation and Game Art departments to discuss what will make you stand out as you prepare for your career.

What makes a good game art student?

A quality game art student is someone who is on time and delivers based on their responsibilities. If you don’t feel uncomfortable in your project, you’re not growing. It’s necessary to stay on schedule and budget when working with clients. Be willing to come in early and stay late for the projects that need it. Those sacrifices go a long way and will show in your work.

How do game art students benefit from their Liberal Arts and Foundations classes?

Communication! As a working professional, your grammar, punctuation and overall email etiquette is important when working with clients and your peers. Liberal Arts classes provide you the skills and context that will better complement your artistic gift.

What’s the best way for game art students to network?

Growing your network is something that you should always strive to do. Make an effort to meet others who have similar goals as well as students in other programs. When you start your internship or first job, seek out a mentor who will help show you the ropes. People are more willing to help than you would expect, so don’t be shy about asking for help. RMCAD’s Career + Alumni Services department can help you prepare for your next job. Whether its career fairs, portfolio help or applying to jobs, it’s a resource that you can benefit from.

Thank you to the following staff members for providing their expert advice: Sean BrownIan Southwell, Alex Weeks, Ben KarrMike McKenzieShari Fleming, Ed Kramer and Stig Plantell. We encourage you to reach out to these faculty members who are eager to help you prepare for your next chapter.

Note: Some of the questions in this interview have been edited for clarity and brevity.