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Video Game Art and Animation


This art-based diploma program begins with the basics of art production for video games. Traditional drawing skills are taught alongside the latest software techniques.

You will examine the history of the industry and look behind the scenes to see what goes into video game development. You will develop the core skills needed to generate artwork using Adobe™  and Autodesk™ products, and the technical aspects needed to integrate your work into the production pipeline.

The curriculum is designed to be flexible so that the program can be adjusted to suit trends in the video game industry.

This is a US Federal Aid Approved program.

Portfolio Requirements

Do not include copies of other people’s art work such as comic, game or film characters.

  • Draw a self portrait (head and shoulders only), using a mirror for reference.
  • Sit in the corner of any room in your house and draw the entire contents of the room in front of you. Be as accurate as possible. Include everything you see.
  • Devise an original game idea and write a 2 page description outlining its key features. Create a suitable piece of art to be used on the cover of the game’s package.
  • Applicants are asked to select an additional collection of 8 of their best pieces of art to include in their submission. The portfolio should be submitted via weblink, disc, or neatly presented in a binder.
    • figure drawings
    • interior/exterior drawings of buildings
    • perspective drawings
    • drawings from observation
    • original character design
    • traditional art, painting, sculpture
    • 3D models
    • texture painting
    • 2D/3D animation
    • digital art
    • graphic design

Program Facts

Start: September
Length: 2 years
Location: Prince of Wales Campus
Credential: Diploma, Video Game Art and Animation
Minimum passing grade per course:

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Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 or equivalent with credits at or above the general level
  • Submission of a portfolio. This portfolio will be a significant factor in determining admission to the program
  • Résumé including work and volunteer experience with applicable dates, membership in groups, associations or athletics, awards and distinctions, and any other information about yourself relevant to the program

Note: Portfolio will only be kept by the Admissions Department for one year

Graduate Opportunities

Graduates from this program may find employment with:

  • object modelers
  • vehicle modelers
  • character modelers and riggers
  • world builders
  • texture mappers
  • environment artists
  • concept artists
  • level designers
  • storyboard artists
  • animators
  • character and prop designers

The National Occupational Classification (NOC) is the nationally accepted reference on occupations in Canada. It organizes over 40,000 job titles into 500 occupational group descriptions. It is used daily by thousands of people to compile, analyze and communicate information about occupations, and to understand the jobs found throughout Canada’s labour market. This program provides skills training that falls within the duties described in the following: NOC 5241.

Fundamental Arts program

If you’re creative but not ready to take this program, you may want to consider the Fundamental Arts program, which helps students build the knowledge and skills necessary for post-secondary studies in the Graphic Design, Photography and Digital Imaging or Video Game Art and Animation programs. Build your portfolio and your confidence in this one year certificate program. Find out more here.

Open Academic Studies program

Feeling like you’re not quite ready for college? Check out the Open Academic Studies program.

Credit Courses

Interested in taking a credit course but don’t want to register for an entire program? Credit courses provide credit toward a diploma or certificate program. Holland College has a variety of options for studying part time during the day, or, in some instances, in the evening or on the weekend.

Tuition & Fees

View a full breakdown of costs for this program.

If you have any questions concerning the Video Game Art and Animation program, contact:

  • Chris Sharpley
  • School of Visual Arts & Journalism office: (902) 629-4206

Degree Pathways

This program has degree pathways. For more information, see our Degree Pathways section.

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