Video games have become one of the leading forms of artistic expression in the 21st 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.

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Overview

Program name
Game – Art
Code
G119
Location
Duration
3 years (6 semesters)
Starting month
September, January
Credential
Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Method of study
FT

Year of Study

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Program Availability

Domestic students
Sept. 2019 Open
Jan. 2020 Open
May 2020 N/A
International students
Sept. 2019 Open
Jan. 2020 Opens Mar 2019
May 2020 N/A

Full Description

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Video games have become one of the leading forms of artistic expression in the 21st century. Game development 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.

Students will develop both 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional artistic abilities by learning concept art, sprite and pixel art, modelling, texturing, animation and level design. Taught by faculty with industry experience and mentored by local game industry leaders, students will develop games for commercial, educational and other purposes.

Students 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, students choose whether to specialize in game modelling or game animation.

Prior to graduation, each student will assemble a portfolio/demo of their creative work demonstrating their ability in game development and highlighting their 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.

Watch the video below to see some of the incredible work created by students of the Game Development program.

Your Field Study options

Students with approved portfolios are eligible for non-mandatory external field placements in Semester 5 and/or Semester 6.

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Analyze the differences in game genres in order to develop games that meet the needs of specific markets.
  2. Analyze the history of video games to compare various approaches to game development.
  3. Support the development of games by identifying and relating concepts from a range of industry roles – programming, design, and art.
  4. Contribute as an individual and a member of a game development team to the effective completion of a game development project.
  5. Develop strategies for ongoing personal and professional development to enhance work performance in the games industry.
  6. Perform all work in compliance with relevant statutes, regulations, legislation, industry standards and codes of ethics.

Required Courses

YEAR 1

SEMESTER 1

CodeCourse name
DESN1037Drawing I
DESN10842D Digital Art I
DESN1118Introduction to Modelling
DESN1130Interactive Prototyping I
DESN1083Studio Lab 1
COMM1007College English

SEMESTER 2

CodeCourse name
DESN1038Drawing II
DESN20152D Digital Art II
DESN1119Introduction to Animation
DESN1131Interactive Prototyping II
DESN1086Studio Lab 2
GHUM1029Design Culture

GAME MODELLING SPECIALIZATION

YEAR 2

SEMESTER 3

CodeCourse name
DESN2012Environment Modelling I
DESN1132Game Art and Architecture I
DESN2014Level Design I
DESN2010Texturing and Shading I
DESN2013Studio Lab 3
GNEDGeneral Education Elective

SEMESTER 4

CodeCourse name
DESN2018Environment Modelling II
DESN1133Game Art and Architecture II
DESN2016Level Design II
DESN2011Texturing and Shading II
DESN2017Studio Lab 4
GHUM1089Sequential Arts

YEAR 3

SEMESTER 5

CodeCourse name
DESN30143D Sculpting I
DESN3016Organic Modelling I
DESN3018Technical Art for Game Engines 1
DESN3020Cinematics I
DESN3010Studio Lab 5
DESN3022Game Portfolio Design

SEMESTER 6

CodeCourse name
DESN30153D Sculpting II
DESN3017Organic Modelling II
DESN3024Technical Art for Game Engines 2
DESN3021Cinematics II
DESN3012Studio Lab 6
GNEDGeneral Education Elective

GAME ANIMATION SPECIALIZATION

YEAR 2

SEMESTER 3

CodeCourse name
DESN2019Body Mechanics 1
DESN2020Rigging I
DESN2014Level Design I
DESN1136Motion Capture 1
DESN2013Studio Lab 3
GNEDGeneral Education Elective

SEMESTER 4

CodeCourse name
DESN2022Body Mechanics 2
DESN2021Rigging II
DESN2016Level Design II
DESN1137Motion Capture 2
DESN2017Studio Lab 4
GHUM1089Sequential Arts

YEAR 3

SEMESTER 5

CodeCourse name
DESN3023Technical Art for Game Engines 1
DESN3029Character Animation 1
DESN3027Character Acting I
DESN3020Cinematics I
DESN3010Studio Lab 5
DESN3022Game Portfolio Design

SEMESTER 6

CodeCourse name
DESN3024Technical Art for Game Engines 2
DESN3030Character Animation 2
DESN3028Character Acting II
DESN3021Cinematics II
DESN3012Studio Lab 6
GNEDGeneral Education Elective

Detailed course outlines

General Education Electives

Your Career

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 modelling
  • 3D animation
  • character modelling
  • 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.

Educational/Degree Pathway

Game - Art Program Educational Path Diagram

Tuition

$9,484.00 *

Additional Cost

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials (non-refundable), student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in Fall 2018. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Fall 2019 and at later dates.

International students: Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information.

Admission Requirements

Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic achievement, including the required courses, and any other selection criteria outlined below.

* Qualified applicants will be invited to complete the application questionnaire and submit a portfolio electronically. Details on the application questionnaire and portfolio requirements will be communicated at a later date to qualified applicants, as part of the review process.

** Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and no OSSD)

Please note that George Brown is committed to ensuring that applicants will succeed in their program of choice and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Applicants may be required to have grades higher than the minimum requirements stated.

Course Exemptions

College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit georgebrown.ca/transferguide for more information.

International Students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information.

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Success Stories

David Kolodko G109 graduate

“At George Brown my professors were all people who worked, or are still working, in the industry allowing me to learn about it in its current form. Even now, working in the industry myself, some of the professors I had are now my coworkers. They taught me all the aspects of the development pipeline on top of my specialization helping me work comfortably between departments in the studio. Most importantly, I not only learned the software I need but learned how to learn, enabling me to quickly adapt to all sorts of complex and proprietary software and engines.”

David Kolodko, Graduate 2017, Game Development (now Game – Art)

Animator, Ubisoft

“I grew up gaming. It's always been a huge part of my life, and I knew this was where I would end up eventually. The instructors at George Brown are all industry veterans and have a ton of experience. They keep up with the latest game technology. In fact, I'm working with one of my professors at Ubisoft right now."

Alexandra Kornilova, Graduate 2016, Game Development (now Game – Art)

3D Modeller, Ubisoft

Read more about Alexandra’s journey here.

Contact Us

School of Design

Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 3129

Email: game@georgebrown.ca

For more information about George Brown College, you may also call the Contact Centre at 416-415-2000 (TTY 1-877-515-5559) or long distance 1-800-265-2002.

Visit Our Campus

This program is part of our School of Design, located at our St. James Campus, and is currently taught out of both 230 Richmond Street East and 341 King Street East, Toronto, Ontario, Canada BUT an exciting move is planned for 2019 – see more below!

Come and have your questions answered. Learn about the program content and career options, meet your friendly professors and staff, and experience what it is like to be in a George Brown College classroom at one of our information sessions. You can also book a tour of the campus or explore our virtual tour.

Future School of Design Building

In 2019, the School of Design will get a new home. George Brown College's Waterfront Campus is expanding to include an exciting new 103,000-square-foot facility in the Daniels Waterfront – City of the Arts development at 162 Queens Quay East that will house our School of Design programs and a research hub. This state-of-the-art building will support academic programs and industry projects, with features such as:

  • Virtual and augmented reality lab
  • Usability and testing lab
  • Future Ways of Living lab
  • Peer Tutor lab
  • Digital Sandbox
  • Incubators
  • Prototyping and workshop spaces

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