Computer Animation and Game Development
Who Majors in Computer Animation and Game Development?
Do you want to make video games or animations? Do you want to be a digital animator, video game designer, 3-D modeler, texture artist, concept artist, special effects artist, graphic artist, storyboard artist, game programmer, or other graphics expert? Do you want to make the most of your creativity? If so, Computer Animation and Game Development can help you build on your desires. Computer Animation and Game Development is the synergy of art and technology, and affords you an opportunity to put your imagination to work in this realm of collaborative teams creating multimedia experiences.
What Can I Do with a Computer Animation and Game Development Degree?
Computer Animation and Game Development combines art and technology as a means of expressing creative minds. Our students design rich multimedia environments that communicate, inform, and entertain. The ubiquitous nature of multimedia in our world provides a growing variety of career destinations. Our diverse student population enters careers in video game, film, television, commercials, web, business, science and a host of other enterprises. The need to communicate effectively with multimedia experiences is embedded in all fields of study and work, and reaches everyone's lives. Thus, Computer Animation and Game Development provides the avenue for innovative and motivated students to pursue a wide variety of exciting career opportunities.
What About a Computer Animation and Game Development Minor/Second Major?
All fields of study or work need or could use rich multimedia environments to communicate, inform, or entertain. The art, technologies and creative nature of Computer Animation and Game Development offer innovative career opportunities when combined with domain specific knowledge from another discipline. The Computer Animation and Game Development program encourages students to consider minors or second majors to support their career aspirations.
Honors in Computer Animation and Game Development
If you perform well in your major courses you may be invited to pursue an individual research project working closely with a faculty member whose area of expertise matches the topic you wish to investigate.
Internships are an invaluable means to gain experience in your field and provide a tremendous opportunity to make connections in industry. By providing practical experience in courses and projects, the Computer Animation and Game Development program helps provide the background for internships and encourages students to pursue these opportunities.
Computer Animation and Game Development is interdisciplinary by nature, and the faculty reflect this by their diverse academic and artistic backgrounds, complemented by industrial experience. All have a strong commitment to excellence in teaching, and engage in professional development.
Activities in the Computer Animation and Game Development Program revolve around its applied nature. Students in the program have opportunities to gain practical experience through on-campus production studios (Chico State Game Studios, IMC Productions, etc.) as well as many student projects through the Computer Graphics Club - the student organization for the major. These experiences aid the student in honing production skills and understanding the production pipeline along with establishing the networking that is critical for careers in the industry.