Certificate Program

Game Art Certificate

Visual storytelling with an emphasis on the development of a navigable 3D world and engaging interactive narrative.

This certificate takes an environment-driven approach as students learn the basics of the videogame cinematic "cutscene" aesthetic and the creation of visual assets for 3D games.

What You’ll Learn

Students who successfully complete the certificate will be able to create professional quality 3D models, computer graphics, and other game assets needed to build out an interactive level using industry-standard software.

  • Earn 12 credits that can be applied to a Bachelor’s degree at PCA&D or beyond
  • Tap into college learning resources and advisors
  • Software from Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft, and Google professional tools
  • Build your network and exposure through campus events and career opportunities
  • Join the PCA&D alumni network

Required Classes – Online

AGA 202 Introduction to Game Art

This course focuses on the game industry standards and introduces students to them through hands-on experience. This course will focus on the pipeline of the game industry, the structure of the game studio, and the job markets in the departments of the game studios. The students will learn what software will be required to be part of this industry as they develop and explore their skills. They will gain an understanding of their career paths as they learn the game industry characteristics and opportunities. The students gain knowledge of what their responsibilities are in the game industry and the level of professionalism they must have.

AGA 203 Story & Screen I

Fall 2022, Aug 22 – Dec 2 | TBD (Evenings or Saturdays)

This course focuses on applying industry-standard storyboarding techniques to the fundamentals of Visual Storytelling, Storyboarding, and Film Language as relevant to the field of animation, film, and gaming. Topics to be covered include the various purposes, formats, terminology, and concepts used in the creation of storyboards and animatics with audio.

AGA 205 Computer Animation I

Fall 2022, Aug 22 – Dec 2 | TBD (Evenings or Saturdays)

The first semester of this course will explore contemporary 2D and 3D animation techniques and genres while keeping a strong focus on traditional techniques and aesthetics. Students will combine image, sound, and motion with importance placed on timing and performance. The focus will be on applying foundational animation techniques using industry-standard 3D software, Maya.

AGA 301 Gaming I

This course introduces students to the production of video game art with an emphasis on level creation. Students will learn how video creation utilizes a variety of art forms such as painting, architecture, photography, animation, and literature… with the additional element of interactivity. Students will develop a unique and compelling video game level with interiors and exteriors, foliage, and other organic objects using industry-standard software Unreal Engine 4 (UE4).

PCAD Game Art Certificate

Career Opportunities

Certificate-holders will gain experience that’s needed in a diverse array of industries such as game art production, computer graphics, and interactive design. They will have access to entry-level design jobs in 2D and 3D graphics and game art.

Who Should Enroll

The program is designed for a wide range of individuals. College experience is not a prerequisite for this program, but a passion for working with computers is essential. High school and college graduates, veterans, professionals, and entrepreneurs will be among the students who bring their diverse perspectives to the program.


$1,157 per credit hour
All classes in this certificate are 3 credits. A total of 12 credit hours is required. Credits to be billed per course.

How to Register

Enrolling in one of PCA&D’s Certificate Programs is simple. Confirm your intent to pursue one of our certificates by filling out an application.

If you have any questions regarding mapping out a plan, upcoming class schedules, or completing your certificate, please contact Bonnie Kern, our Admissions Transfer & Outreach Coordinator, at 717.396.7833 ext 1014 or email bkern@pcad.edu.

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