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Capital Region Career & Technical School

Video Game & Animation Design

ComputersWho wouldn't want to get paid to play video games? That's the enticement of the video game and animation design industry, which draws workers into the field of designing and illustrating the next monster video game hit — whether its Madden, Tony Hawk or Tetris!

The Video Game & Animation Design Program at Capital Region BOCES is a one-year program for students interested in the exciting worlds of video game design, computer graphics and website design.

Students who complete the program are prepared for careers as a game designer, developer or specialist, web page designer or specialist, graphic designer or specialis, animator or illustrator, software or computer sales representative or video game tester.

Video: view a videoclip of students in action

Fast Facts

Information provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

  • Job Projections: 6 percent annual growth in new jobs through 2022
  • Median U.S. Salary: $61,370 per year  (in 2012)
  • Education requirements: Most multimedia artists and animators need a bachelor’s degree in computer graphics, art, or a related field to develop a strong portfolio of work and learn the strong technical skills that many employers prefer.


How Capital Region BOCES CTE can get you there

Students learn how to design videogames; create web pages, computer graphics and characters using Adobe software; create comics using ComicLife; and learn about business procedures and professional etiquette. Students prepare to test for Adobe Certified Associate exams in Flash, PhotoShop and Dreamweaver.

Students work on a variety of projects and apply their knowledge by serving actual customers. They also may earn college credit and credit for integrated English or math.

Upon completion of Video Game & Animation Design, students may continue their Career & Tech studies in the Computer Network Technician/Information Technology program, or at college, or they may enter the workforce.

Click here for units of study.

Download a slide show by the instructor about this class


College credits offered through

  • Hudson Valley Community College/College in the High School
  • Schenectady County Community College/ University in the High School
  • SUNY Cobleskill/College in the High School
  • Art Institute of Pittsburgh





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