Art Institute of Calif. Offers Game Art & Design

Beginning next week, The Art Institute of California – San Diego will offer a new Game Art & Design curriculum designed with input from industry advisory board members from the game and animation fields. The program is aimed at providing a solid foundation in 3D modeling, animation, texturing, scripting, storytelling, storyboarding and other aspects of character design and game level design.

With video game sales expected to total over $10 billion for 2002 (according to the Interactive Entertainment Merchants Association), the gaming market is rivaling the film industry. But unlike the movie biz, the rapidly growing interactive entertainment field promises plenty of employment opportunities. With its new bachelor’s degree program, The Art Institute plans to meet both the industry’s demand for qualified applicants and the growing desire for careers in game development.

The program, also in place at nine other Art Institutes schools nationwide, was recently named one of the top five game-design programs in the world by Electronic Gamers Monthly. It is also a unique offering in San Diego, home of Midway Home Ent., Presto Studios, Dragon’s Lair LLC, Rockstar San Diego (formerly Angle Studios) and Rapid Eye Ent. Also based in the city are interactive entertainment research firm DFC Intelligence, eSports Arena and development offices for Sony Corporation and PlayStation divisions.

Courses include 2D Animation, 3D Modeling, Game Modeling and Animation, 3D Character Animation, Motion and Lighting, Programming for the Artist, Level Design, Interface Design for Games and Interactive Game Prototyping.

Potential students may now apply for entry into the Game Art & Design program for the upcoming spring quarter, which starts April 7, by calling 800-591-2422 or 858-598-1399 or visiting www.aicasd.aii.edu. The school is also accepting applications for its degree programs in Multimedia & Web Design, Media Arts & Animation, Culinary Arts, Interior Design (summer 2003), Graphic Design and Advertising.