Game Art & Design added to SAPC offerings
Laurinburg, N.C. – St. Andrews Presbyterian College proudly announces a new program of study in game art and design.
“The gaming industry has one of the fastest growing markets in the United States,” said Chris McDavid, associate professor of art and program leader. “The U.S. Department of Labor predicts an increase in employment of 14% to 19% by 2018. According to artcareer.net, as much as a 26% increase is expected for multimedia artists and animators.”
A concentration under the Visual and Performing Arts major, courses for the program have been offered previously, but will now be in the standard course rotation.
“The St. Andrew’s game curriculum will take students through the skill sets needed to become proficient in game art creation, including modeling, UV mapping, textures, shaders and maps, rigging and animation, level design and lighting and rendering,” McDavid said. “Our software options include Newtek’s Lightwave 3D, Adobe Photoshop, Pixologic’s Zbrush, and Epic’s Unreal Editor. The Unreal Engine has been used to power many popular games – the Unreal Tournament series, the Gears of War series, Infinity Blade, Mass Effect 1&2, Bioshock 1&2, and Bulletstorm to name a few.”
In addition to long standing recognition as a top liberal arts college by US News and World Report and Princeton Review, St. Andrews has been recognized by the Washington Post as one of the top twenty colleges in the Mid-Atlantic region and described as “a jewel hidden away in southern North Carolina” in Harvard Schmarvard: Getting Beyond the Ivy League.
“We believe our mission is to transform the lives of young people and provide them with rich educational opportunities,” said Cynthia Robinson, vice president for enrollment management. “And, annually 98% of our graduates who respond to our surveys are employed or in graduate school within 6 months of graduation. “
Although the formal game art and design program will begin in the fall, one recent St. Andrews graduate is currently enrolled in a master’s program for game art design in Georgia.
“We are looking for students who are interested in learning, who are dedicated, and possess a strong work ethic and a drive to succeed,” McDavid said. “Our goal is to teach the skills needed to create first class digital content for games.”
About St. Andrews Presbyterian College
An innovative and bold academic venture, the distinctive character of St. Andrews has been marked by an interdisciplinary curriculum, a highly acclaimed college press, an award-winning pipe band, national champion equestrian teams, and first-rate scholarship. In addition to classes on the main campus, adult learners also choose the Center for Adult and Professional Studies opportunities through St. Andrews @ Sandhills and St. Andrews ONLINE.
On Aug. 29, 1958, the merger between Presbyterian Junior College and Flora Macdonald College became official with the formation of St. Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, N.C. Further information may be obtained by visiting the College's website www.sapc.edu, calling 800-763-0198 or sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.