Our son wants to attend college to become a game environment artist for games such as Call of Duty and Divinity. We will be paying for most of his education. We spent a lot of time researching the video game field before contacting several schools and discovered this site.
We understand that “portfolio is crucial” to get a job as a game artist. We’ve narrowed our choices down to two colleges.
We requested examples of graduate artwork, instructor portfolios, and completed games by students and instructors. School A (farther away/more expensive) sent us a link showing student artwork examples as well as examples of completed games. Two instructors at this school worked for Riot Games and Blizzard Entertainment. We have no concerns about School A’s credentials.
School B (closer/costs less) required repeated requests before some student artwork was provided. The instructor at this school eventually sent a link with examples of his video game artwork. He claimed to have co-founded a studio and made a game, but we could find nothing about the studio nor any examples of any game. He told us that he signed an NDA for an educational game and could not show any artwork. He linked a simple puzzle game that a few students made during a Global Game Jam, but we wanted to see examples from graduates that were actually hired full time as game artists besides his own game artwork.
Attached, is portfolio artwork from a public link that the instructor from School B provided. We would appreciate feedback from game artists about it. The portfolio does not appear to showcase professional game art. In fact, student artwork from School A appears to be of higher quality than the artwork from the instructor from School B.
Our son prefers to attend the college that is closer to home, but we have reservations about it based on what we’ve seen. We can't afford to waste $20,000 plus.
Your opinions about the attached artwork and any recommendations would be much appreciated.
Thank you in advance,