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The Online Game Art and Game Development School

We offer 30-Week to 9-Month Programs That Train You For a Career!

Get One Step Closer to Your Dream Career!

Complete the form below to apply to our Game Art Program or Game Development Program and schedule a call with an Admissions Officer. 

Guiding you to your dream career.

Has it always been a dream of yours to work in AAA games, films, XR, or the Metaverse? At Vertex School we train students to get a career working in these industries. 

We're a higher quality, more affordable and up-to-date alternative to associate and bachelor degree programs which can be outdated by the time you finish them.

At Vertex School we offer one one-on-one and small-group mentorship from top artists working at places like Blizzard, CD PROJEKT RED, Naughty Dog, Fall Damage, and more. 

Get industry-ready with personalized career training and mentorship from professional game and film artists. 

Industry professional mentors who are currently using the latest technologies and making video games can teach the current, up-to-date workflows. 

Whether you’re straight out of high school, changing careers, or upgrading skills, Vertex School gives you direct access to industry experts who have worked at major studios, a job-focused curriculum, and career development support to help you build the skills and confidence to pursue a fulfilling career in film and games. 

30-Week to 9-Month Career Ready Program Options

Vertex School Game Art Program

Game Artist

Program

Our 9-month Game Artist Program starts with foundations and building a 3D prop. Term II you choose to focus on either Character Art or Environment Art. 

Game Art Program Syllabus

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Vertex School Game Development Program

Game Development

Program

This 30-week Game Development Program is going to start with the foundations of Game Dev and lead you to building your own portfolio piece.

Game Development Program Syllabus

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30-Week to 9-Month Program Overview

Program Delivery

  • Entirely virtual
  • Pre-recorded videos on demand
  • Live class sessions
  • One on one or small group live mentorship
  • Online student labs
  • Certificate upon completion

Time Commitment

  • Minimum: 20+ hours per week
  • Recommended: 30+ hours per week 
  • Meet twice per week then complete your work on your own schedule
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Courses 

Not quite ready to jump into a 30-week to 9-month program? At Vertex School we also offer short-term courses. We have courses that come with live sessions and pre-record courses that are learned at your own pace.

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Vertex School is an Unreal Authorized Training Center

This ensures that our students receive the highest quality of Unreal Engine learning and allows us to best prepare students for the current job market. It also means that Epic is supporting us in our training process!

Where Our Graduates Get Jobs

Student Success Story

Game Art Program

From Customer Service to AAA Studio

When Lena joined the Game Art Program she was working in customer service. After term 2 of the program, she got a job as an Environment Artist at Playground Games! 

"When I enrolled I knew nothing about the industry (I wouldn’t have even considered myself a gamer or anything like that. I literally knew nothing. The Witcher is possibly the only game I had played from start to finish).

I got a job as a 3D Environment Artist at one of the Xbox studios sometime after Term II of the program. I never got to finish Term III because I didn’t need to since I had already gotten a job. After Term II I left the program and started my new job!..."-Lena Piech

Before Vertex: Customer Service Rep

After Vertex: Environment Artist at Playground Games (Xbox Game Studios)

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Student Success Story

Game Development Program 

From Film and Writing to Asset Implementer at Epic Games

Sean Love joined our Unreal Engine Game Development Program while working in the film and writing industry. Before even graduating from the 30-week program, Sean secured a job as an Asset Implementer at Epic Games!

"While interviewing for my current job it really felt like the right choice that I had made joining the Game Development Program. 

The way the program is designed is it literally checked all the boxes of the job." -Sean Love

Before Vertex: Film & writing industry

After Vertex: Asset Implementer at Epic Games

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What Our Students Are Saying

Game Art Program

Angela Jeong

With the knowledge I gained and portfolio I made at Vertex, I got hired into the game industry! 
Prior to Vertex, I had very little software knowledge. Now I’m comfortable using Maya, Zbrush, Substance Designer, Painter, etc.

I really enjoy the community Vertex provides. People are always exchanging info and providing feedback - there is always someone willing to help you. I guarantee that if you are willing to push yourself, you will be able to get a lot out of the Game Arts Program.

With Vertex I felt that I was supported and part of the school community both during and after graduating. 

I'm super grateful that I joined Vertex!

After Graduating from Vertex: Environment Artist at Liquid Development

Monica Bauer

Vertex forced me to develop a work ethic and by giving me the opportunity to talk to a variety of people within the industry, Vertex also gave me access to connections I had never thought possible. In fact, I still regularly stay in touch with my Vertex mentor a year after being his student.

While I’d like to say that many of my connections are the results of being incredibly lucky, I’d also like to think that it is important to set yourself into the position to be lucky. What I mean is that by taking initiative, you have a better chance of making lasting connections with others you admire.


After Graduating from Vertex: Environment Artist at Blizzard Entertainment

Lewis Hewison

 I recently finished the Game Art Program at Vertex and got a job in the industry! I now work at Antimatter Games based in the UK. Prior to Vertex I studied illustration for 3 years and used 3D applications for all of my work - I was always drawn to concept art and still image but wanted a job in the game industry though I didn't know how to approach it or what to specialize in.

I started looking online at tutorials but felt very lost. I started searching around for online courses with mentorship from industry pros to further my knowledge - I checked out Cliton Crumpler's course, CGMA, Think Tank, etc. I was heavily drawn to Vertex due to their program's length, price and that it's split into character and environment. What Ryan has built is great and I couldn't recommend it more.

After Graduating from Vertex: Junior Environment Artist at Antimatter Games

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What Our Students Are Saying

Game Development Program

Chloe de Los Santos

The course instructors were super supportive and quick to respond to questions. My mentors were always enthusiastic when teaching and gave professional constructive criticism.

Overall I would recommend this program to anyone as I never felt inadequate and only felt positive about the program.

As someone who joined having absolutely no knowledge of coding and Unreal Engine, I learned a lot and I learned things you can’t get on YouTube or other tutorial videos.

I was able to make a horror game with no experience in just 3-4 months. I would definitely recommend the program.

Noah Fischer

I absolutely loved the course! Coming into the course with no previous experience in game development, it exposed me to so many different aspects of game development including programming, world-building, animation, and more.

The instructors were always able to answer any questions I had either in the lab or in our Discord chat. I feel like I have a great network of people from my cohort as well.

I would have nowhere near the experience level and confidence I have gained over the last 6 months had I not signed up for the Game Development Program.

If you’re just starting out with no experience, looking to make a switch from say Game Art or Game Design, or just looking to enhance your existing Game Development experience, I highly recommend Vertex School.

Megan Folsom

I highly recommend this program through the Vertex School. They are an Unreal Engine Authorized Training Center and I went from having zero knowledge to having a solid understanding of how UE works using blueprints, c++, and Python.

It was quite the adventure and very satisfying to see something that was just in my imagination spring to life. One of my favorite things about the mentors at Vertex school is that they will support and help you solve really ambitious problems if that’s where you choose to go with it!

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Application Process

Step 1

Submit Your Application

Complete a 10-15 minute application covering your background, goals, and experiences. Then create your account.

Step 2

Schedule Your Interview

Meet with an Admissions Representative to discuss your application, walk through the program structure, and find out which program is the best fit.

Step 3

Enroll

Complete online enrollment with your Admissions Representative and pay tuition.

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