BA, Game Art and Design

 

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Harness the power of gaming to educate, motivate, and entertain.

Not long ago, gaming was considered a leisure pastime that often involved scenarios among player-combatants, a virtual alternative to traditional sport. Now, however, game software development occupies a burgeoning role in the global economy as a means to engage consumers by increasing motivation to interact with educational, commercial, practical and even spiritual content.

Find your place in a high-growth career field

Graduates of Game Art and Design programs pursue careers in game development, software engineering, computer graphics, and commercial production. The career prospects for applications software developers are bright. According to U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Employment statistics, employment in the computer software development sector is projected to grow 19 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations; the current average annual salary for software developers  is $102,280. The American gaming industry has a predicted 2017 revenue of $23.5 billion

Looking for a challenging career with variety?

Explore the wide variety of challenging employment opportunities that relate to Game Art and Design:

  • Software publishers
  • Software developers
  • Game development
  • Software engineering
  • Computer graphics
  • Computer systems design and related services
  • Web design

Why get a degree?

Employers of application developers typically require at least a bachelor’s degree of their employees. Concordia-Chicago’s game art and design degree program teaches flexible, cross-market skills, equipping graduates to land jobs not only in game design enterprises, but other organizations that require creative, adaptable and responsive software developers.

What will I learn to do? 

Game Art and Design is considered an art, so the required coursework places art skills at the fore. In addition, the degree program teaches:

  • Software development for computer gaming and interactive media
  • Preparation in current technologies that support animation design
  • Creation of custom software for individual consumers or commercial software designed for marketing to the general public
  • Development of complex databases for organizations and creation of programs to be used over the Internet and/or within a company’s intranet

Benefits of the BA in Game Art and Design

Concordia-Chicago’s distinctive bachelor’s degree in Game Art and Design supports the development of the technological skills required to design and create gaming experiences that benefit consumer groups including, for instance, student education.

A faculty with hands-on, field-tested experience

Concordia-Chicago full-time faculty members BettyAnn Mocek and Nikkole Huss provide program leadership for the Game Art and Design degree program. Professor Mocek teaches mixed media, art appreciation, drawing, painting and other courses; she also works with advanced and graduate students through independent studies, honor’s program and the Ferguson Art Gallery. Professor Huss teaches a variety of art courses including Digital Photography I and II, Painting II, Ceramics I and II, Figure Drawing, 2d Design, 3d Design Introduction to Visual Arts and Art Methods. Additional instructors include individuals with professional experience in the gaming industry as well as extensive teaching backgrounds in the areas of game art and design.

Advantages of Concordia-Chicago’s online accelerated degree program

Our advisors create a specialized program plan to accommodate the needs of each individual student, allowing you to earn your degree in as little as 16 months, depending on the number of transfer credits accepted at the time of your admission:

  • Flexible scheduling
  • Accelerated courses
  • Major courses are 8 weeks long
  • 100% online (no set time to be online)
  • Access to learning from anywhere in the world

Our delivery modes are designed to fit the needs of busy individuals and foster valuable relationships and support networks that can add value throughout your career.

Education made affordable

Concordia University Chicago is one of the most affordable private universities in the Midwest. Our Office of Financial Aid will work with you to seek financial aid and schedule manageable tuition payments.

Our tuition guarantee

Concordia-Chicago’s tuition guarantee program helps keep tuition affordable by allowing you to predict what the total cost of your education will be. As long as there are no interruptions in your course of study, we guarantee your tuition will remain the same and never increase while earning this degree.

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