Game Art & Design

Go from player to maker.

Learn everything game-making-- from introductory coding to how to build playable prototypes in CCAD’s Game Art & Design program. You’ll grow your skills inside in the classroom and out as you learn from expert faculty members, visiting professionals, and even your peers in student-led organizations, such as the Game Development Guild, the Battle Game Alliance, and the Tabletop/Role Play Game Club.

As a Game Art & Design student, you’ll take part in community game forums, game jams, and major regional events such as GDEX, the Midwest’s premier gaming expo, and the Origins Game Fair, an annual tabletop gaming convention-- you’ll do it in our hometown, Columbus, ranked the No. 3 city in the Midwest for gaming.

And that’s not all. You’ll have opportunities to make games with real-life impact—like Smokey’s Scouts, a free mobile game created by CCAD students in partnership with the Mid-Atlantic Interstate Forest Fire Protection Compact and USDA Forest Service.

Game Art & Design hub

Stop by Oh My GAD (a webpage and play on the acronym for Game Art & Design) to check out a curated selection of games created by CCAD students, faculty, and alumni. You’ll find playable demos, links to streamed content on YouTube, info about the tools our students use for game development, and so much more.

Course Spotlight

Programming for Play

You’ll gain an introductory understanding of computer programming for games in this course, as you spend the semester learning through workshops that include working with analog inputs, modding existing game systems, and programming core gameplay mechanics. By the course’s conclusion, you’ll know how to take existing code and modify it to create your own functioning game prototype.

Game Art & Design First Year Experience

Academic Year

Fall 2023 - Spring 2024

Freshman Year - Fall

Course Title
2D Creative Practice
Systems of Drawing
Mod Contemporary or Historical Art History
Writing and the Arts

Freshman Year - Spring

Course Title
Intro to Game Art with History
Drawing for Entertainment Design
3D Making with Care
Liberal Arts Self and Society Course

Game Art & Design News

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Columbus College of Art & Design is taking on the “crunch culture” mindset plaguing the game industry with the launch of its Game Art & Design major in fall 2020 (pending accreditation).
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Seeing a near-future career in game design with skills gathered at Columbus College of Art & Design, Danielle Tucker (Animation, 2020) is obsessed with making imaginary things come to life.

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