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Graduate School of Game Design

In level after level, game designers create immersive worlds to entertain and engage. Academy of Art University's game design graduate school is among the best game design schools and colleges, combining cutting-edge technology with proven techniques to guide students in producing must-have games for the intuitive platforms of tomorrow.

Poised to change the face of gaming, Academy of Art University students gain professional experience and prepare for creative careers. Graduate students completing a masters in game design sharpen their skills and create compelling portfolios using top-notch equipment.


Game Design Studio Courses

Creating background and character art for video games takes incredible talent and imagination. Graduate students in video game design programs at Academy of Art University develop style and technique in game design and classical drawing in hands-on courses. With strong foundations in art and design, students in the graduate game design school learn to recreate the world they see and design new worlds.

Through Academy of Art University's MFA video game design degree, students take more video game graduate classes in their field than an MA in game design allows. This focused and in-depth masters degree program offers students the opportunity to build portfolios displaying a wider range of work to show off their game designer qualifications.

School of Game Design graduate courses:

  • Video Game Design
  • Prototyping
  • Level Design
  • Visual Development
  • Game Art
  • Effects Animation
  • Character Design
  • 3D Modeling
  • Prop Modeling
  • And more!

Professional Game Design Opportunities

Students completing a video game design degree at Academy of Art University graduate ready to produce interactive environments and intricate characters. In addition to building skills, the Academy's video game design graduate school offers opportunities to network with the best innovators in game design, launching students to professional creative futures.

Spring Show – Each year, Academy of Art University's Spring Show attracts industry leaders from gaming companies across the country. Students working toward a graduate video game design degree interview with recruiters at top companies such as Zynga and Electronic Arts. Impressed by the fresh talent of students, firms sometimes hire them on the spot.

Portfolio Development – Academy of Art University's masters in game design gives graduating students a professional edge over graduates of other game design graduate colleges and schools. Instructors, all working game designers, understand what game designer qualifications are most in demand. Guided by instructors, students develop exceptional portfolios, showcasing the work potential employers look for, from classical drawing to 3D modeling and more.

Game Design career opportunities include:

  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • Creative Director
  • Art Director
  • Lead Game Designer
  • Technical Art Director
  • Lead Animator
  • Character Animator
  • Character Rigger TD
  • Game Designer
  • Level Designer
  • Cinematics Director
  • Storyboard Artist
  • Concept Artist
    • Characters
    • Environments
    • Creatures
    • Vehicles
    • Tech
  • Level Artist
  • 3D Animator
  • Visual Effects Animator
  • 3D Modeler Character and Props
  • Texture Artist
  • User Interface Artist
  • And more!

School of Game Design Facilities

Academy of Art University's San Francisco campus is in the heart of the growing gaming business, offering students in video game design programs a unique view of the industry. Students have access to state-of-the-art facilities, including a complete game room, the latest in 3D animation technology and industry-standard Cintiq tablets. Using this world-class equipment, students create one-of-a-kind landscapes, realistic characters and more.


Graduate Classes Online & in San Francisco

Academy of Art University has flexible programs for completing a masters degree in game design. Students take graduate classes online, in San Francisco or both. Engaging students with an interactive, hands-on experience, the Academy's online graduate programs offer the opportunity to earn an accredited college masters degree through classes that encourage creative collaboration.

Regardless of how students complete their graduate video game design degree, they are prepared do what they love for a living.

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