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The Game Art Certificate Program - Online

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  • Objectives
    In the Game Art Professional Certificate program, students learn both technical and artistic skills, applying professional approaches to digital imaging, 3D modeling, model texturing, game animation, color, and lighting. Classes are structured around practical projects that mirror current practices in game development. The projects are demanding, and Faculty members critique your assignments to help you create your best work. If you’ve got the creativity and commitment, we can help you succeed.
  • Entry requirements
    Students are required to have specific hardware and software equipment to complete the program. This equipment includes:
    * Computer with an Internet connection, broadband preferred.
    * Autodesk Maya (free Personal Learning Edition is acceptable, though educational or full version of Maya is recommended for program students).
    * Access to a current or next generation game console (PlayStation 2 or 3, Xbox or Xbox 360, or Wii minimum).
    * Adobe Photoshop.
    * Basic experience in Adobe Photoshop. If needed, the Photoshop Basics elective class can help you meet the requirements: See class description.
    * Three button mouse required for PC users, recommended for Mac users.
  • Course description
    The Game Art Professional Certificate program provides students with a foundation in 3D modeling, imaging, and animation for video games.

    Core courses explore the challenging modeling, texturing, and animating 3D characters and environments using Autodesk Maya and Photoshop. Elective courses provide an array of options for development in game art, game design, as well as digital art, fine arts, and design.

    The Game Art Professional Certificate is a cutting-edge program built to your schedule and learning needs. Each class is exciting, relevant, and challenging—and developed with projects geared to art and development processes used by leading game studios today.

    You’ll study with outstanding instructors, getting the feedback and mentoring you need to prepare for a professional environment.
    • Complete the entire program online in 10 months or less. (Extensions available to students that need more time.)
    • Complete eight (8) classes: Four (4) Required classes and four (4) Electives. Program advisors will help you build a learning path that meets your goals.
    • Required classes focus on modeling, texturing, animation, color, and lighting.
    • Electives broaden your skills in game art, digital imaging, digital photography, fine arts, and 2D and 3D design. Elective options include a Game Art Portfolio and Reel class that can be taken at the end of the program.

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