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Game Art and Design

Earnings Potential

The median annual salary for graphic designers (which is what Game art and design artists would be doing) is over $38,000 according to The middle 50 percent earned between $29,360 and $50,840. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $23,220, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $65,940. The American Institute of Graphic Arts reported 2005 median annual total cash compensation for graphic designers according to level of responsibility. Entry-level designers earned a median salary of $32,000 in 2005, while staff-level graphic designers earned $42,500. Senior designers, who may supervise junior staff or have some decision-making authority that reflects their knowledge of graphic design, earned $56,000. Solo designers, who freelanced or worked under contract to another company, reported median earnings of $60,000. Design directors, the creative heads of design firms or in-house corporate design departments, earned $90,000. Graphic designers with ownership or partnership interests in a firm or who were principals of the firm in some other capacity earned $100,000.

Facts at a glance

  • The good news for game art designers is that graphic designers are supposed to have the most jobs of any other type of designers in the next decade.
  • About 30 percent of graphic designers are self-employed, although many of them take jobs with other companies in addition to being self-employed.
  • A bachelor’s degree is required for most entry level jobs in the field, although for technical positions an associate’s may be enough.

Summary of what this career entails

Someone working in this field creates animation for video games. They are responsible for everything in a game that needs visual art. Another option is to be a game designer as opposed to a game artist, in that field the designer creates the layout, concept and the design of the game. According to Kate Inabinet, a game developer, animation will always play a part in video games, even with advances in technology. So while the process takes patience from the animator, it is very important at the end of the day.  

Examples and or details of work

Your favorite video games, whether it is action games like Dark Messiah of Might and Magic or WWF Smackdown versus Raw 2007 or sports games like Madden 2007 or NBA 07, the graphics you see are developed by people with a background in game art. As video games and computer games increase or have consistent popularity the more roles games designers will have.

Degrees that lead to this career

Right now there are more specialized classes that involve game art and design because of the popularity of the position. Degrees that lead to a career in game art and design include graphic design, computer animation, Game art and Design, Interactive Media design and interior Design. More possible degrees include studio art, principles of design, computerized design, and commercial graphics.

Specific Career openings in this field

Specific jobs in the game art and design field include game designers, game developers, teacher, animator