• Develop fine art skills and an aesthetic foundation, while building skill sets in 2D computer graphics, scripting, 3D modeling, animation, texture, and lighting

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Game Art & Design Bachelor of Applied Science


Program Overview

The Game Art & Design Bachelor's of Applied Science degree program prepares students for a career in the interactive entertainment industry in as few as 32 months.

The Game Art & Design degree program is an intensive practical and theoretical training program that prepares students to become successful in today’s game development industry. Students attending this program have the opportunity to learn both the technical and creative components of fine arts as well as the essential business principles of the entertainment industry.


Degree Progression

Each academic year you'll be immersed in project-based, hands-on courses while gradually accruing your general education requirements.

Freshmen Year: Communications & Critical Thinking, Introduction to Psychology, Drawing Bootcamp, Design Basics, Media Sound & Visual

Sophomore Year: Popular Culture, Mathematical Concepts, Compositing, 3D Modeling, Introduction to Animation, History of Games

Junior Year: Texture & Lighting, Motion Studies, User Interface Design, Game Production, Advanced Game Production, Character Rigging

Senior Year: Creative Writing, American History, Modeling for Games, Architectural Design & Modeling, Final Game Projects



Bachelor's of Applied Science in Game Art & Design

  • Emeryville, CA


Technical and Professional Skills

  • Architectural/Interior Visualization
  • Science and Medical Simulation
  • Virtual Reality
  • Forensic Visualization
  • 2D Computer Graphics
  • 3D Modeling
  • Animation
  • Texture and Lighting
  • Characters, Props, and Environments
  • Professional Life Skills

Your Learning Experience

  • A common core curriculum providing you with instruction in digital media literacy and 21st century design.
  • Develop fine art skills and an aesthetic foundation.
  • Design and develop a game level through group work that simulate professional pipeline production techniques.
  • Be part of a team that nurtures your talents, and encourages you to reach your learning potential.
  • Practical training in game design and development paired with guided development such as critical thinking, résumé writing, and job interview practice.
  • Create a series of projects and assets throughout the program specially developed to demonstrate knowledge to prospective employers.


Career Options

  • 3D Artist
  • 3D Modeler
  • Concept Artist
  • Character Artist
  • Hard Surface Modeler
  • Environmental Artist
  • Game VFX Artist
  • Maya Artist
  • Character Rigger
  • Technical Director
  • Texture Artist
  • Shading Artist
  • Animator
  • MoCap Technician
  • Lighting Artist
  • Level Designer

Key facts


    32 Months


    Mar 2017


    Enroll By: 27 Mar 2017

    Start Date: 27 Mar 2017

    End Date: 22 Nov 2019



Entry requirements

For entry requirements, please see our Admissions section.

Fees and Payments

Tuition costs per semester based on credits being taken
12+ Credits: $11,800.00
7 - 11 Credits: $9,300.00
6 - 8 Credits: $6,340.00
1 - 5 Credits: $1,060.00
Technology Fee: (per academic year) $299.00


A Bachelor's of Applied Science Degree is generally 8 semesters for a student attending full-time. Total tuition costs for the program is $94,400. The estimated cost of attendance with fees is $95,297.

Tuition may be paid by cash, check, money order, or bank transfer. SAE Expression College also offers monthly payment plans with no interest or finance charges. These payments comply with state and federal requirements.

Class Schedule

126 Credit Hours / 32 Months

SAE Expression College is available to students and staff on a 24-hour basis. Access to all studios, labs, audio and video suites, Meyer Performance Hall, library and classrooms is subject to the booking process of the SAE Expression College Master Scheduler. Access to offices, copy room, and all building maintenance and storage rooms is not available to students.

Most classes occur between the hours of 8:00AM - 11:00PM. However, labs may periodically be scheduled outside of these hours. Distance education courses are asynchronous. The labs and facilities are open for student use 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

For every 15 contact hours of theory class, students are awarded 1 semester credit. For every 30 hour of lab class, students are awarded 1 semester credit. For 45 contact hours of internship, students are awarded 1 semester credit.