The Game Art & Production Major of Drexel University's Westphal College Digital Media Program is ranked among the top three U.S. gaming programs by The Princeton Review. The program combines a strong comprehension of animation and interactivity, along with an understanding of design and programming. Our B.S. in Game Art & Production mirrors a sector that has seen an explosion not just in consumer gaming, but also throughout the corporate enterprise world.
The gaming industry has grown from just a source of entertainment to one that also encompasses the use of “serious gaming,” where gaming technologies are used in education and training. Fully immersive games now use new methods of interaction, such as multi-touch displays, motion control and haptic devices.
Drexel University's graduate program in Digital Media is available for students and professionals who are interested in exploring, researching and building advanced media design and production careers in the 21st century. The program, housed at Drexel's Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, reflects the fast-paced, constantly evolving field in which art, technology and science intersect. The digital media curriculum at Drexel is innovative, interdisciplinary and project-oriented. 63 quarter-credits are offered in advanced digital design such as 3D modeling, animation, interactivity, gaming and digital media history, theory and methods.
The Interactive Digital Media major at Drexel University's Westphal College of Media Arts & Design prepares students for these exciting and ever-changing fields. Our educational approach teaches best industry practices, where web developers are often in charge of the design, development and implementation of online content. We provide students with a comprehensive understanding of aesthetics and visual design in creating user interfaces, as well as the technical knowledge to program both the front- and back-end systems that bring interactive content to life.
Mobile devices such as iPhones, iPads and Android phones have become an indispensable part of our everyday lives. Billions of users worldwide are using these new technologies and applications to organize their everyday life, as well as for entertainment and education. And, with vast amounts of data being migrated to the ‘cloud’ to better serve consumer and industry demands, employers in these rapidly growing industries are looking for young talent with the skill sets to create fully dynamic online experiences that involve touch-based interaction, gestural technology and other technological advances.
The Animation & Visual Effects major at Drexel University's Westphal College of Media Arts & Design gives students the technological, story-telling and design skills to succeed as animators and visual effects artists in the highly competitive entertainment and design worlds.
Animation & Visual Effects are no longer used only when creating big-budget theatrical films. Today, these production techniques are also widely utilized in medical research, engineering, television, web content, the performing arts, corporate communications and higher education. The depth and complexity of this exciting field necessitates a rigorous course of study to best prepare students for the demands of careers in these cutting-edge disciplines.