smu guildhall specializations grey art Learn to create art for games

As an artist at SMU Guildhall, you will learn to apply your natural artistic talent through the latest tools, engines, and software to create worlds, characters, and assets across the wide spectrum of 2D and 3D game art. This includes concepts, complex mesh pipelines, sculpting, rigging, multi-layer textures supporting physics-based rendered materials, lighting, user interfaces, animation, and particle systems — all of which are used to support award-winning team game creation throughout their Guildhall career.

Who are Guildhall game artists?

Our eclectic group of students and alumni translate ideas into visual reality in many different ways. They have interest in games, of course... so much more! You might be a great candidate for our program if you...

  • Enjoy sketching to give your imagination vision
  • Love animated movies and cinematic effects
  • "See" what you read in crystal clarity
  • Find your talent could expand with access to new tools

What will I learn as an artist at SMU Guildhall?

  • Character modeling
  • Virtual sculpting
  • Anatomy
  • Rigging and weighting
  • Animation
  • Environmental modeling
  • Modularity
  • Game engine pipelines
  • Lighting and post-processing
  • Concept art
  • Complex textures and materials
  • Technical art support
  • User interfaces
  • Mobile game art
  • Virtual and augmented reality
  • Team game creation

What would my career path be as an artist?

Art students prepare for careers creating all visual elements found throughout the diverse media and genre of video games we enjoy today. The various areas of game art development continue to grow. Being exposed to the branching career choices available helps our students find what fuels their passion for games. A few career options include:

  • Character artist
  • Hardsurface artist
  • 2D artist
  • Environment artist