Game Arts Option - 3D Digital Design BFA

Pursue a game art design degree that focuses on the innovative creation of assets for a wide range of game platforms. 

Overview for Game Arts Option - 3D Digital Design BFA

Why Study the Game Arts Design Degree at RIT?

  • Game Arts Lecturers: Game arts professionals are invited to RIT to lead lectures, discussions, and demos that give you an informed industry perspective.
  • Industry Networking: Take part in Creative Industry Day, which allows you to connect with professionals in your field of study.
  • Strong Career Paths: Graduates have been hired by leading studios, such as Insomniac Games and Sony Interactive Entertainment, to work on games for all platforms.

The game arts design degree allows you to pursue creative interests in game arts, from designing virtual elements and lighting to animated characters and backgrounds. An innovative and adaptive curriculum prepares you for a career in the emergent fields associated with games culture while encouraging critical analysis of these fields through the dynamic courses offered throughout RIT. Visit the 3D digital design BFA program page for information on curriculum and elective courses for this option.

RIT’s Game Arts Design Degree

The game arts degree offers an innovative and adaptive curriculum that prepares you for a career in emergent fields associated with games culture, exposing you to the advanced technologies, interactive interfaces, and explorative processing necessary in game arts. While technologies constantly change, this option focuses on teaching lifelong skills of critical and design thinking and collaboration through a game arts focus.

In your 3D game design courses, you will explore:

  • 3D modeling
  • Sculpting
  • Lighting
  • Materials
  • Effects
  • Real-time game engines
  • AR, VR, and XR
  • Pre-visualization
  • Virtual production

In this video game art degree, you will have opportunities to regularly collaborate with game developers. The game arts option complements RIT’s nationally recognized game design and development BS, offered by the Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences and ranked 4th nationally among Princeton Review’s “Top 50 Game Design Programs: Undergraduate Category” (2022).

Access to Invaluable Digital Design Industry Technology and Resources

RIT provides game art design majors with resources and facilities where they can get hands-on experience with real-world industry technology. 

  • MAGIC Spell Studios, a state-of-the-art media production facility, is a creative hub where artists and programmers work together to research and develop imaginative game projects.
  • Computer labs in the College of Art and Design will provide you with access to professional-level 3D and animation software.
  • RIT’s virtual production curriculum is driven by the use of large LED walls installed in MAGIC Spell Studios and made possible with support from an Epic Games grant.
  • The Strong National Museum of Play, the world’s largest collection of historical materials related to play, is located 15 minutes from campus.

Game Arts Degree Careers

You will graduate well-positioned to pursue careers in the game arts industry. Alumni and faculty are the creative minds behind the environments, characters, and objects in games you know and love. Graduates have been hired by leading studios to work on games for all platforms. Hiring partners include Bethesda, Insomniac Games, Sony Interactive Entertainment, and Workinman Interactive.


Careers and Experiential Learning

Cooperative Education and Internships

What’s different about an RIT education? It’s the career experience you gain by completing cooperative education and internships with top companies in every single industry. You’ll earn more than a degree. You’ll gain real-world career experience that sets you apart.

Co-ops and internships take your knowledge and turn it into know-how. Your art and design co-ops will provide hands-on experience that enables you to apply your artistic capabilities in dynamic professional settings while you make valuable connections between classwork and real-world applications.

Students in the game arts option are strongly encouraged to complete a cooperative education or internship experience.

Creative Industry Days

Connect with Design Industry Leaders

RIT’s Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education hosts Creative Industry Days, which connects students majoring in art, design, film and animation, photography, and select computing majors with companies, organizations, creative agencies, design firms, and more. Creative Industry Days are a series of events that allow you to network with company representatives and interview directly for open co-op and full-time employment positions.

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Admissions and Financial Aid

This program is STEM designated when studying on campus and full time.

This option is part of the 3D digital design BFA. Please visit the degree program page for admission requirements.

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Financial Aid and Scholarships

100% of all incoming first-year and transfer students receive aid.

RIT’s personalized and comprehensive financial aid program includes scholarships, grants, loans, and campus employment programs. When all these are put to work, your actual cost may be much lower than the published estimated cost of attendance.
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