Offering a true game design program, from concept through final production, SCAD is recognized as one of the top programs in the United States.
Students develop their visual aesthetic by learning critical interactive design, conceptual, technical and analytical skills, and by achieving a mastery of industry-standard tools.
Students use the same high-end hardware and software used throughout the profession: a full motion capture lab, green screen and Wacom Cintiq displays; as well as Autodesk Maya, the Unreal Engine, ZBrush, 3ds Max; and Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere, After Effects, Flash, C++ and ActionScript.
Industry professionals frequently visit SCAD to interview students, review portfolios and give presentations. Recent visitors include representatives from Blizzard Entertainment, Electronic Arts Inc., LucasArts and Activision.
The department participates annually in various interactive design and game development conferences, including SIGGRAPH, GDC, Austin GDC and SXSW, among others. In 2009, SCAD students swept the SXSW game design category.
SCAD's annual Game Developers eXchange hosts prominent game designers, artists, writers, game audio and level designers for a two-day conference that attracts hundreds of participants.