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Master’s Degree of Art Director in Video Game Design

Certified level 7 by the French National Directory of Professional Certifications (RNCP)

Today's video game industry is essentially made up of rather modest production studios which develop their own video games. Developing your own video game is paramount to convince investors or the French Video Game Fund (FAJV) to release future funding. It is also the opportunity to showcase to the game publishers and the studios your skills and ability to oversee a project.

The objectives of the program are:

  • To design and develop a video game.
  • To acquire the related know-hows required for your future career.
  • To have the opportunity to experience the reality of the after-publishing industry.
  • And most of all, to get a first experience as a student to develop, publish, and market a video game.

Pascal LUBAN, Game Designer and Creative Director (Ubisoft, Activision, Sony, DICE) is in charge of reviewing and validating the program's syllabus.

Possible status, pace: You can apply to this Master's Degree as a graduate student, as part of your continuous education or with a work-study program (apprenticeships or vocational training schemes). Indicative pace: one week spent in school for every two weeks spent working in a company. 1120 hours of training. This program is APEL compatible.

Duration of the course: Two years

Career Prospects: After graduating, your multidisciplinary skill set will be an asset to join a development studio and to work efficiently as part of a team.
As an Art Director, you will be able to take charge of the whole project, from the analysis of the client's needs, to the execution and the implementation of the working plan. You are accountable for the compliance and quality of the product. The art director in video game design's role is of a strategic, organisational and managerial nature. Depending on the organisation where you will be working, you will be in charge of all or parts of the following areas of work:

  1. Analysing a client's request and defining strategic recommandations
  2. Drawing up a proposal
  3. Designing and executing the project
  4. Managing a team
  5. Competitve intelligence, monitoring the market and the latest artistic and technological trends.
  6. Financial management of the project

Depending on your specialisation, you could also take part to the following activities: 3D character and set designs, character animation, game design, data integration/scripting into the game's real-time engine, etc.

Syllabus

This program is designed to be practical. It is centered around your own video game project. As a student, you will have to design, develop, publish and market your video game. Having your name associated with a published video game will be the utimate business card for you.

As a graduate student, you will have to complete an internship for a minimum of 25 weeks during the two years of your master's degree.
These internships are mandatory and will give you the opportunity to get some first-hand work experience. They will facilitate your integration into working life and make it much easier for you to join multidisciplinary teams and work for graphic design studios, advertising agencies, design, communications and creative agencies.

  ECTS
Master’s Degree of Art Director in Video Game Design / First Year 60
ACADEMIC EDUCATION 12
Video Game Culture
Applied English
Japanese Language (optional)
TECHNOLOGICAL EDUCATION 23
2D Drawing and Art Direction
CGI and Art Direction
Animation
Programming Languages
Game and Level Design
Interface and Ergonomics
Concept Art and Art Direction
VOCATIONAL EDUCATION 25
Self-promotion and Project Monitoring
Project Management
Masterclass
International Workshops (Japan)
Viva
Internship
  ECTS
Master’s Degree of Art Director in Video Game Designn / Second Year 60
ACADEMIC EDUCATION 15
Applied English
An Introduction to Copyright
Video Game History
Japanese Language (optional)
TECHNOLOGICAL EDUCATION 20
2D Drawing and Art Direction
CGI and Art Direction
Concept Art and Art Direction
Animation
Media Literacy
Sound design
Game and Level Design
Capture Motion Management
Interface and Ergonomics
Programming Languages
VOCATIONAL EDUCATION 25
Self-promotion and Published Game Monitoring
Entrepreneurship
Project Management
Marketing
Masterclass
International Workshops (Japan)
Viva
Internship
TOTAL: 120 ECTS

How to apply

There is a specific admissions procedure to follow to apply to a Master's Degree. The International Office is here to support you throughout the application process and remains at your disposal for any request you might have.

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Certifications

Dual degree:

This program grants access to the title of Art Director in Graphic Design, certified at level 7 (former level 1) by the French National Directory of Professional Certifications (RNCP) pursuant to the ministerial decree of May 17, 2018 published in the Official Journal on May 24, 2018.

Recognised as an International Master's Degree by the FEDE (Federation for EDucation in Europe) and IDELart-culture.

An INGO, the FEDE is holding the participatory status with the Council of Europe. It is a European network of higher education and vocational education institutions that share a common project of high standards, quality and ambition. The FEDE network aims at improving the comprehensibility of the diplomas issued by the schools and fosters student mobility and student exchanges between schools.

Graduation is subjected to the completion and validation of 120 ECTS credits (60 credits per year).

Students enrolled in the Master's Degree are eligible to apply to bilateral student exchange programs.

Testimonials

Samantha MILOVANOVIC.
Samantha MILOVANOVIC.Master’s Degree of Art Director in Video Game Design

Meet your teachers

Adrien Delaboudinière
Adrien DelaboudinièreSenior UI Artist & Art Director

Success rate

Class of 2020 Results

63%
Success rate
25%
Resit rate
Repetition rate
0%
Failure rate

Congratulations to all our graduates!

WHAT MAKES AUTOGRAF UNIQUE:
Our network of professionals: Autograf is a member of Capital Games, the French cluster for video game companies. Thanks to this partnership, students are in close contact with the production studios and are suitably prepared to work in the video games industry.

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