under Graduate

Game Art and Design

Build your artistic skills tied with design thinking and technology to build games with exemplary characters, props, environment, and user experience.

Course Overview

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.

Eligibility

Wondering if You Can Be a Part of UG Game Art & Design?

Once you complete your higher secondary education or an equivalent education, you become eligible to take up this UG Game Art & Design Program.

In addition, if you are the one who enjoys playing new games, has an eye for unique digital characters, and looks out for a passionate yet promising career, then this UG Game Art and Design Program is your best choice.

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Student’s Works

Curriculum

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 Build

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
  • Documentation

Teaching Methodology

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.

Assessment Technique

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.

Student Awards

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.

Career Opportunities

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.

Rishi Saroj T.S

Alumni Success

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

Knowledge Brigade

Learn from the Veterans’ 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:

Name Designation
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

Student Service

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.

Campus Location

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.

Chennai

ICAT Design & Media College 153, Santhome High Road, Mylapore, Chennai - 600 004.

044 - 4293 4293,

+91 - 95001 28555

Bangalore

ICAT Design & Media College 424, Bommanahalli, Hosur Main Road, Bangalore - 560 068.

080 - 4110 7755,

+91 - 96111 73607

Hyderabad

ICAT Design & Media College 11-9-45/2, Vishal Towers, Kothapet Cross Roads, Near Kothapet Fruit Market, Beside OMNI Hospital, Kothapet, Hyderabad - 500 035.

040 - 4221 7755,

+91 - 88862 33334