The Brookline, Massachusetts-based New England Institute of Art is the latest school to offer a videogame design curriculum.
A Bachelor’s degree program in Game Art & Design is a new entry in the school’s Media Arts & Animation program and will teach students design, illustration, compositing, 3-D computer modeling and animation. Enrollees will start out learning the basics of drawing, color theory and 2D design before advancing to modeling and animation.
Advanced coursework will also include scriptwriting, storyboarding, character animation, and production.
Jason Donati, Chair of the Media Arts & Animation program, stated:
Everyone has seen the explosion of animation in the movie theaters, but the skill sets apply to the gaming industry as well. We are very excited to be able to offer this opportunity for our students to be part of this growing industry.
Graduates of the Game Art & Design curriculum will be prepared for “entry-level jobs like character animator, modeler, game tester, and game designer,” according to the school.
As of late last year, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) estimated that there were over 250 schools throughout the U.S. offering videogame-related courses and degrees.