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Game Art

The video game industry is currently projected to grow from $111 billion in 2014 to $128 billion in 2017. According to the Entertainment Software Association’s (ESA) 2014 report, this industry is growing at a rate four times faster than the US economy. The same report also notes that from 2009 to 2012, the game industry’s annual growth rate was 9 percent, which was 13 times the rate of the United States labor market at 0.72 percent. Today, video games are not only works of art themselves; they influence other art forms. More than just play, entertainment software is also used to impart complex knowledge and ideas. Video games are a nexus for wider trends and issues in social culture and entertainment, and video game technology has transferred to many fields and industries. In the United States, 385 colleges and universities offer computer and video game design programs or degrees. Proven competence and experience is professionally valued. The DAAP Certificate of Game Art provides students with basic knowledge in principles of game art design and the studio production practices used in game art and animation. To earn the certificate, students learn theories and principles of game design, and studio use of game art tools for creative production.

Open to all UC students, the College of DAAP offers a certificate program, called the Certificate of Game Art. Students study the use of the tools of Game Art. Students develop individual and collaborative art-making skills, and they demonstrate, through written works and in presentations of original creative works, the objects and products of their study. Students will understand how to design and develop an original game and how the principles of game design apply to various disciplinary goals.

Degree: Undergraduate Certificate

Duration: 2.0 Years

Location: West Campus

Contact Information:

College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning
DAAP School of Art
Benjamin Britton
PO Box 210016
Cincinnati, OH 45221
(513) 556-2962

Admission Requirements

Students in any academic program at UC are eligible. The program provides experience for students in a multi-disciplinary approach to game art and design. With a focus on creative computer graphics, the program provides core classes and electives focused on production skills such as concept art, modeling, animation, script editing, and sound design. The program provides access to the advanced computer graphics tools in the DAAP Computer Graphics Center in studio-based classes.

Application for the Game Art certificate is made through the College of DAAP. All currently enrolled UC undergraduate students with a current GPA of 3.0 or higher may apply to enroll in the Game Art Certificate program by sending a written letter of application with supporting information to the GA Certificate Administrator to request enrollment in the certificate program. Applications must include a current transcript and a personal statement explaining your interest and intended goals. A review committee evaluates applications and selects program participants for admission.


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The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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