Thursday, February 20, 2014

Game Art and Design Program Results in Highly Creative Career

Schools of game design are geared towards students who are highly creative and seeking a career to reflect their imaginations. Centennial College’s Schools Game Design program is a two-year undertaking that focuses on offering students the hands-on training that will ensure they master building 2D and 3D art assets for games, developing game environments and characters, and expressing their unique ideas. Once students obtain their Ontario College Diploma, their careers can go in a variety of directions.

Game Concept Artist: A concept artist is the person who works from a brief to produce concept art for a game. He or she sketches a design prototype that includes: colour schemes, rough design concepts, environmental background, real world examples and any other factors that the lead creators are looking for in the final product. Lead designers, creatives and other developers critique the design so that the concept artist can incorporate their ideas into the next draft.

Level Designer: This professional is responsible for the creation of video game levels — locales, stages, or missions. This is commonly done using a level editor, game development software designed for building levels. However, some games feature built-in level editing tools. Level design is both an artistic and technical process, according to Wikipedia.

Character Animator: Imagine being the person who brings to life animated characters. That’s the role of the Character Animator, who breathes life in characters, creating the illusion of thought, emotion and personality.

Character Modeler: These professionals use their knowledge of 3D animation software, like Maya or 3DS, to design or modify 3D characters. Professionals must ensure that characters meet the current game style. Companies choose specific memory limits for games to improve game flow and limit stuttering or freezing, so character modelers must be able to render characters with maximum detail and quality, while ensuring that the frame used to create the 3-D character doesn’t exceed the allotted memory capacity.

At Centennial College’s game design program, students are prepared for all of these roles in state-of-the-art facilities where they attend a range of courses. Among these courses are: Drawing for 3D Modeling and Animation, Game Theory, Character Design, Digital Painting, Unreal Editor, Life Drawing, Lighting, Post Effects and Material Editing. In addition to these courses, Centennial College provides students with the possibility to build up their professional network with valuable experience and industry contacts through studio visits, industry events and a field placement. The field placement takes place in the final semester and as part of the process, students are expected to send their portfolio to the company of their choice to show their work. This is part of the professional experience, and is standard protocol for those seeking internships and or jobs. During the field placement, students work alongside professionals to apply what they learned in their classes.

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