Under GraduateGame Art & Design
Build your artistic skills tied with design thinking and technology to build games with exemplary characters, props, environment, and user experience.
Game Art & Design
- Course Duration
3 years (Full Time)
Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad
Get, Set to Design Games Outside the Realm of Imagination
The UG Degree in Game Art and Design at ICAT is a full-time program that offers intense practice in the art of crafting game aesthetics and skill of designing games in 2D, 3D, and more.
The program takes students through every step that grooms them as a game professional, right from understanding the design basics and documenting ideas to building what a gamer will love. On the road to make students as competent professionals, we ensure students get their hands on designing games for varied platforms including mobile, PC, Game Consoles, VR, AR, and more. This expands their opportunities towards their dream career.
Why Game Art and Design?
Be Part of the Fastest Growing Industry
Today, games are no more just for fun, they are seen as a free podium where one can achieve something and get motivated as an able person. It is a way of improving the memory power, cognitive health, decision making skills, and the most-needed social skills. Such reasons to play a game have made all from 6 year old to 80 year old to look for best games, leading to a high demand for skilled game professionals.
As per NASSCOM, at least two new game companies come up every month in India. Also, multinational game giants like EA (Electronic Arts) and UBISoft have their strong game development centres in India, and are expanding rapidly. This assures highly promising careers for the ones with fine game building skills.
The Learning Curve
To bring out the uniqueness in every student for them to create original products, we take up different modes of learning. Be it the classroom sessions, laboratory practices, studio works, sessions from professionals, industry visits, showcase events, internship in reputed companies, and par real-time project works, every mode of learning give the students the freedom to explore.
Year I - Commence the Creative Journey through Art and Design
Knowledge building starts right from understanding the design fundamentals, color theory, gestalt principles, grids and layouts, and wireframes. The students are guided to seek inspiration from ancient art works and designs. They are introduced to visual communication methods, varied genres of video games, video game production, and art and sound in games. Introduction to different art techniques from pencil art to digital painting, clay modelling, and various other artistic techniques makes students enter the world of art and design.
Year II – Build the Specialist Skills
Moving firm with the basics, the students get their hands on 3D art, 3D modelling, kitbashing, lighting, environmental design, etc with precise eye to details. They get to analyze games of different genres, understand the game production process, and deploy intellectual property. The students are guided to practice every key task of game building, from pitching ideas and concepts to marketing, publishing and monetizing games. They get specialized knowledge on character creation, UV unwrapping, texturing methods, PBR techniques, and mapping. The students also team up as groups to put down their ideas as workable game designs.
Year III – Get Ready for the Professional Touch
Preparing for the challenges the students have to face shortly, this year insists students to perform every key task in game designing. The students start with a dissertation involving research on various topics, review of literature, case study, and referencing. They get to build their project of a workable digital game showcasing their skills to the world, through idea generation, building concepts, visualization, perfect documentation, prototyping, level designing and more. The students also go through the process of portfolio creation, maintenance, and presentation techniques. Amidst the in-house works, the students are expected to complete an internship program with any game company.
Skills to Seek as Game Design Professional
- Concept Art
- 2D Character Designing
- 2D Background Designing
- 3D Character Modelling
- 3D Environment Designing
- 3D Probes Designing
- 3D Vehicles and Weapons Modelling
- Level Designing
Learning beyond the Walls
The best part of ICAT Design and Media College is taking care of students individually rather than as teams. Faculties reach out to each and every student separately to guide them through their knowledge building. The coaching given at ICAT is job oriented and knowledge gaining through effective classroom sessions; seminars, workshops, and other sessions from eminent industry professionals; showcasing events and more.
Research Based Learning
To make students proficient with the process of game production, students are insisted to prepare papers through detailed research on different topics in each module. This lets students to self explore through a lots of information, which is one of the best ways to increase retention of knowledge.
Learn the Techniques Live
As students of the Art genre, they are given the experience of life study drawing to understand the nuances in modelling. They are also taken for outdoor sessions, where the students get their light and shadow study.
Hear from the Professionals
Experts from the game industry share their production experiences, technical knowledge, and industry standards to give the students their best of knowledge. They conduct seminars and workshops from time to time on topics of key learning.
Keep in Pace with the Trending Technology
Hands-on experience on latest in technology like Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), and Mixed Reality (MR) gives the students a cutting-edge over their counterparts in the field.
Mould Your Skills on Feedbacks
Exhibiting students’ skills through projects and research works to professionals, faculties, peers, and even public audience give the students the confidence in game building. The feedbacks they receive through such sessions are the perfect way for them to fine tune their skills.
Compete Your Skills
Participating in competitions like Game Jam tell the students their proficiency level and help them identify their area of expertise/improvement. Also, participating in various conferences like NGDC (NASSCOM Game Developers Conference), IGDC, and GAFX give the students a thorough outlook of latest in the industry and technology.
Watch It Live
Frequent visits to renowned game companies and related industries give the students a clear vision of how things work in real time. This makes a perfect preparation for employment.
Practice the Professional Way
The curriculum at ICAT insists students to submit assignment, mini projects, major project, and portfolio with clear textual content that records their course of work. They get the practice of clearly scripting the Game Design Documents (GDD), Game Pitch document, Concept documents, and dissertations that will help them perform the professional way in their career.
Be Assessed on Your Skills
At ICAT, the learning outcome of each module is assessed through periodical Formative Assessments, Assignments, Research Works, and through the originality, innovation, and product of the final Project. Also, continuous monitoring of each student is done throughout the year through peer assessments and internal/external reviews.
At ICAT, we encourage students to participate in various national and international competitions, which help them to rise and shine as they pursue their creative skills and build their team spirit. Some of distinguished awards the game students have received for their well chartered documentations and works include:
- 2017 – First Prize in GAFX Conference, 2017
- 2015 – ICAT Alumni Won a Million at Pocket Gamer Connects 2015
- 2014 - Title of Game Jam Titans
- 2012 – First Prize in Square Enix - Game Development Contest
Practical Learning Facilities
Learn by Doing – Right from the Basics
Exploring the possibilities of an imagination will help creators streamline their thoughts. At ICAT, students get to have this opportunity every day through best-in-class facilities.
Experiment Ideas with Industry-Standard Machines
The labs at ICAT campuses house high-configured machines loaded with all the necessary industry-standard software.
Play and Learn
The Gaming Lounge in the campuses comes as a unique feature for the game students to experience the gameplay of games of different genres.
Practice the Art
The game students have access to Art and Design Studios to seek first-hand experience on design.
The Knowledge Repository
Right from history of games to game building with latest technology, the students have access to all game building information through 100s of books and magazines. This helps them research beyond the class lectures and gain immense knowledge of the industry and current trends.
Common to All Departments
In addition to the specific facilities for each department, the campuses of ICAT College are loaded with spacious classrooms, common library with essential readings, locker facilities for students, air-conditioned halls, personal tutoring space, common working zone, students’ lounge, and so on.
Get Placed as a...
ICAT helps aspiring minds to achieve their cravings to the digital world with an exclusive Placement Cell that holds a record of 100% placement, till date. Every ICAT student is assured to get a good designation in a reputed company. By pursuing this UG Game Art and Design course at ICAT, the students can get placed in well-known companies like Rockstar Games, Technicolor, Electronic Arts, TechTree etc. The following are the opportunities that an ICAT UG Game Art and Design student can go for.
- Concept Artist
- Character Designer
- Background Designer
- UI Designer
- 3D Character Modelling
- 3D Props Modelling
- 3D Environment Modelling
- Vehicle and Weapons Modelling
- Game Designer
- Level Designer
- Game Tester
Apart from finding a key role in Computer / Mobile game development companies and Corporate companies, the game students have a great opportunity to become indie game developers. Each student can opt for their field of expertise with confidence, as the curriculum at ICAT allows them to build a solid portfolio that is sure to get noticed among employers.
Why Choose ICAT to Study the Game Art & Design Course?
Only at ICAT
- This practice-oriented Game Art and Design program comes with 100% placement, world-class curriculum and a degree certified by an eminent university.
- The highly equipped labs, frequent sessions from industry professionals, and showcase events give the best learning experience.
- The focus the program gives towards futuristic technologies and the global knowledge that veterans in our knowledge brigade brings help students stand apart as best in the industry.
- Above these, the opportunity to work on Dissertations, create Portfolio, and take up Internship with renowned companies gives the sheer confidence and a cutting edge as a game professional.
Currently, I am working as a Jr. Designer at Imagin8ors, an Ed-Tech start-up. I am happy to say that I was a student of ICAT Design and Media College, where I pursued my Bachelor's Degree. ICAT provided a very well-designed coursework with supportive learning environment. The lecturers and administration were very experienced and committed to help the students to excel.
|NAME||Designation & Company Name|
|Premsella Kumar||Game Designer- Ford|
|Sudharsan||CEO - Darryl Games|
|Rajesh||Game Designer- GSN Games|
|Srivatsava||3D Artist - MPC|
|Gangadhar||3D Artist - Amazon|
|Gifto Varghese||3D Artist - Dhruva Interactive|
|Shravan||Game Designer - Glu Mobiles|
|Hari Raghavan||Hololens Developer|
|Vignesh||Game Tester - Poletowin|
|Manish G||2D Artist –ZVYK Design Studio|
|Prathviraj||3D Character Artist - Rockstar Games|
Learn from the Professionals’ Perspective
The curriculum and teaching strategies at ICAT is never an instant thought. They are all an outcome of research and brainstorming of ideas from renowned professionals in the field. The knowledge brigade that guides us through the curriculum delivery of UG Game Art and Design includes:
|Ernest Adams||Game Design Consultant, Trainer, and Author of several best-selling books in the Game industry|
|Ed Hooks||Member of Screen Actors Guild - AFTRA and Author of ‘Acting for Animators’ book|
|Prof. Rob Gibb||Subject Leader at Birmingham City University, UK|
|Prof. Bobbie Jones||Lecturer of Design & Illustration at Hereford University, UK|
|Prof. Sion Hughes||Professor of Art & Design and Dean of the Faculty of Arts at Sunway University, UK|
|Richie||Art Director at Zing Games|
|Karthikeyan||3D Artist at Technicolor|
Get in Touch for All Your Needs
Each student is allocated a Personal Mentor to guide through the personal development process, and a Supervisor to support in project and dissertation.
A Students Service Desk is managed at each location with a Student Advisor providing advice to students on all any matters in need, personal or college related. The desk organizes club activities and acts as a point of contact for parents/Guardians.
Study at Any of Our 3 State-of-the-Art Campuses
The ICAT campuses are located at the Shores of Bay of Bengal (Chennai), Silicon Valley of India (Bangalore), and the City of Pearls (Hyderabad). The strategically located campuses expose the students to eminent landmarks/events of the metropolitan cities, which is very important for the Creators of Tomorrow to understand the trending world.
ICAT Design & Media College 153, Santhome High Road, Mylapore, Chennai - 600 004.044 - 4293 4293, +91 - 95001 28555
ICAT Design & Media College 424, Bommanahalli, Hosur Main Road, Bangalore - 560 068.080 - 4110 7755, +91 - 96111 73607