Advanced Diploma in Game – Art
George Brown College
CAD 20,946 / per year *
Earliest start date
* for international students. All fees are subject to change, without notice
Video games have become one of the leading forms of artistic expression in the twenty-first century. Game art requires a combination of talents, hard work, and passion. The Game – Art three-year advanced diploma is a rigorous program of study that focuses on the principles and techniques of video game art creation required to break into the industry.
As a student of this program, you will develop both two-dimensional and three-dimensional artistic abilities by learning concept art, sprite and pixel art, modeling, texturing, animation, and level design. Taught by faculty with industry experience and mentored by local game industry leaders, you will develop games for commercial, educational, and other purposes.
You will have the unique opportunity to develop commercial quality games in a simulated video game studio environment, at times working with industry partners and game programmers. In the second year, you choose whether to specialize in game modeling or game animation.
Prior to graduation, you will assemble a portfolio/demo of your creative work demonstrating your ability in game development and highlighting your chosen area of specialization. It is anticipated that graduates of the Game Development program will find employment in the game industry at entry-level positions.
Your Field Education Options
Students with approved portfolios are eligible for non-mandatory external field placements in semesters 5 and/or semester 6.
Scholarships and Funding
Scholarships for international students at George Brown College are generally in-program awards based on students’ academic performance (and other criteria) at George Brown College after the beginning of the academic program.
Game Modelling Specialization
Game Animation Specialization
**Based on the results of your placement test, you may be required to take COMM 1000 Introduction to College Communication before progressing to COMM 1007. COMM 1000 does not count as a course required for graduation, and you will be charged for this extra course.
The graduate demonstrates the ability to:
- Analyze the differences in game genres in order to develop games that meet the needs of specific markets.
- Analyze the history of video games to compare various approaches to game development.
- Support the development of games by identifying and relating concepts from a range of industry roles – programming, design, and art.
- Contribute as an individual and a member of a game development team to the effective completion of a game development project.
- Develop strategies for ongoing personal and professional development to enhance work performance in the games industry.
- Perform all work in compliance with relevant statutes, regulations, legislation, industry standards, and codes of ethics.
- Develop pre-production and conceptual art for games and gaming through the selection and application of relevant design tools and drawing techniques.
- Create original game assets to meet requirements outlined in game design documents and/or creative briefs.
- Engage in original world-building and level design within a range of game engines to meet industry and marketplace requirements.
- Generate user interface design in alignment with Game Design Documents to optimize both the aesthetics and function of gameplay.
Graduates of this program will have acquired the necessary skills to be employed in various game and digital media studios, with careers in:
- Character art
- 2D environment art
- 3D environment art
- 3D modeling
- 3D animation
- Character modeling
- Level design
- Cinematic animation
- Special effects
- Texture design
- User interface design
- Quality assurance
Future Study Options
Graduates may be eligible for admission into George Brown postgraduate programs. Students who successfully complete this program with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher may be eligible for direct admission into the Game Design program.