Learn how to create three-dimensional works of digital art for video games and other media.

Through Concordia University Chicago's game art program you'll gain real world digital art skills while training in labs to build, sculpt and texture software. 

Career Opportunities

  • 3D Artist
  • Illustrator
  • User Interface Artist
  • Level Designer
  • Animator
  • Quality Assurance Tester
  • Architectural Visualization Artist
  • Texture Artist
  • Environmental Artist
  • Concept Artist

Game Art Degree Overview

Concordia University Chicago offers game art students a dedicated lab equipped with computers that meet current gaming PC performance standards and the latest digital art software used in the industry, including the Adobe Creative Suite, popular game engines, and 3D modeling, sculpting, and texturing software.

As a game art major, you will take courses focused on the tools, methods and mindset required to create compelling illustrations and three-dimensional characters, and collaborate with peers to build interactive virtual scenes and video games. Senior game art majors also show off their creative work in the Annual Senior Art Exhibit in the University’s Ferguson Art Gallery.

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Course Information

Central to Concordia University Chicago’s game art program are a series of courses focused on the creation of digital imagery and 3D models for use in video games and other media. These core digital art courses build on traditional foundations developed in the required studio art courses.

The game art program’s collaborative upper-level courses will provide you with technical skills necessary to design and develop video games utilizing industry standard game engine software. In your senior year, a required course on professional strategies for artists will help you develop your identity as an artist and assemble a polished online portfolio that showcases your skills.

A variety of supplemental electives are available for you to choose from, including Rigging, Computer Science I, Introduction to Film Studies, Topics in the Visual Arts, and Exploration of Music. These courses provide you with the opportunity to explore industry-relevant topics complementary to the focus of the program.

For details about required course descriptions, please visit our online catalog.

Game Art Opportunities

Concordia University Chicago’s game art program will not only prepare you for a career in video games—the skills you gain are applicable to a variety of related industries such as architectural rendering, virtual and augmented reality, 3D printing, and commercial animation.

The up-to-date technology in our dedicated game art lab will enable you to work with industry standard tools necessary to create compelling works of art and interactive projects for your portfolio.

Our Ferguson Art Gallery provides the opportunity to showcase your work in the Senior Exhibit, as well as other times throughout the year.

Concordia University Chicago’s location 10 miles from downtown Chicago enables you to study in a culturally rich environment and learn beyond the classroom. With museums, art organizations and centers throughout the Chicago region, the opportunities to strengthen your knowledge with hands-on learning are abundant.

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