Video Game Arts Careers

The video game industry as a whole is expected to break all revenue records in the coming years. The demand for skilled and creative game designers will grow along with the worldwide demand for computer and video games. For example, Grand Theft Auto IV sold over 3.6 million copies and generated over $300 million dollars in sales – on its first day alone.

Programs in Video Game Arts teach all phases of game creation, from initial concept and design to marketing the final product. Students can pursue the basics of game design through a certificate degree program, or go more in-depth with an associate's degree or bachelor's degree in game design and development.

Employment Opportunities

Video Game Arts professionals find work in a variety of occupations, including:

  • Gaming
  • Corporate learning
  • Government training
  • E-Learning
  • U.S. military
  • Photography
  • Graphic art
  • Special effects
  • Marketing agencies
  • Animation

Skills

Video Game Arts draw upon a wide range of capabilities, including:

  • Attention to detail
  • Creativity
  • Imagination
  • Ability to communicate abstract ideas visually, verbally, and in writing
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work independently and under pressure

Industry Spotlight

Nintendo President, Satoru Iwata’s, keynote address at the Game Developers Conference 2009 in San Francisco gave the latest details on the global installed base of the wii Balance Board. The message was that game developers should develop games for the Balance Board just as much as for the other machines. Fitness or balance or sports or climbing games on this platform are driving forward the whole market. Seek out the developers working on this platform. There will be jobs aplenty.