Beyond BEAU: Careers in Game Art
Whether you’re a current BEAU student in the game art specialization, or you’re considering entering the BEAU bachelor of fine arts (BFA) in visual design program, you might be wondering what kind of jobs are available for graduates with a specialization in game art. Although it might sound like a challenging field in which to succeed, video game design and development is actually a thriving field that presents plenty of opportunities for building a career.
The field of game design is rapidly growing as demand for game development increases—just think of all the games that you can play nowadays on your smartphone. According to the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), the video game industry had a seven percent growth from 2014-2015, representing one of the fastest growing sectors in the US economy. Jobs in game design require a unique skills set, utilizing both huge amounts of creativity and the ability to think logically. For creative, artistic individuals who love to tell stories and who themselves are gaming enthusiasts, a career in game art could be a perfect fit.
Graduates of our BFA visual design program with a specialization in game art will be in a perfect position to take on jobs as a game artist. Game artists are an important part of a game design team that includes game designers, programmers and editors. The game artists take the story ideas created by the game designers and make them visual, creating everything from individual characters to the game environments, down to every little detail including individual objects and surface textures. Game artists work as a team under a lead artist, and often develop specializations within the field such as character design or 3D modeling.
According to Payscale.com, the average salary of a game artist is about $50,000 per year. Although entry-level game artists make significantly less, there’s a huge amount of growth opportunity for individuals who chose to enter the field. After several years of experience, game artists often become the lead artist on a project, which represents an increase in responsibility, creative control, and income.
Students at BEAU in the game art specialization of the visual design BFA program will graduate with the skills needed to succeed in this exciting field. A game artist needs a variety of artistic skills, including the ability to create detailed storyboards and concept art, creating quality texture maps, and be able to use industry standard modeling and animating software. BEAU’s game art coursework addresses all of these skills, with classes offered in storyboarding, game modeling, character design, and more. Our small programs and intimate classroom environments mean that you’ll have opportunities, working alongside your classmates, to develop interpersonal skills that will help you succeed in the collaborative environment of game design.
You can read more about the Game Art specialization on our website. If you’re a prospective student considering game design as your area of focus, contact us today for more information about the Broadview BFA in Visual Design with a concentration in Game Arts.