Cultivate your Creativity

At John Paul the Great Catholic University, we believe in the power of beauty to transform culture. We’re shaping the next generation of artists and innovators with academic excellence, unparalleled creativity, and an authentic community centered on Jesus Christ.

JPCatholic’s Game Development program features industry professionals, hands-on projects, and rigorous preparation for your career in creative media. Our unique curriculum model combines a well-rounded overview of the entire Gaming pipeline with the flexibility to specialize in your area of interest by taking a track of courses suited to your goals.

Choose from Gaming electives within two different tracks: Game Art and Game Design & Programming. In addition to the hands-on coursework in digital media, you’ll also take our core curriculum which includes Theology, Philosophy, Humanities, and Business.

Game Development Tracks


Focus your Gaming electives on observational drawing, life drawing, 3d prop and environment design, 3d character modeling, texturing, and lighting interactive scenes for your game.


Focus your game development electives on the technical and conceptual side, with coursework in game engines, scripting, level design, interactive narratives, and game design.

General Education


Grow in faith and understanding with a rich sequence of coursework in Scripture, Theology, and Philosophy.


Prepare yourself for the industry with foundational skills in marketing, management, and entrepreneurial thinking.


Study the human condition by actively engaging in an exploration of art, literature, culture, politics, economics, and more


Hands-on, Project-based Curriculum

In our Game Development program, you’ll hone the critical skills you will need to flourish in your career. Our hands-on curriculum focuses on creativity and action, bringing your ideas to life with excellence in every aspect of the pipeline. You’ll start creating projects in your freshman year, giving you abundant opportunities to develop your craft.


Industry Standard Equipment

Our creative arts programs emphasize hands-on experience when it comes to learning your craft— that’s why we give you access to cutting-edge equipment and software starting your freshman year. You’ll have access to all the tools you need to make your vision a reality, including a Motion Capture suit, Wacom tablets, a Drawing Studio, and a professionally equipped Media Lab.


Senior Project Spotlight: Shepherd of Light

In 2019, the Game Development senior class collaborated to launch a fantasy puzzle game on Steam. Within just 2 months of release, the game had over 25,000 downloads with over 300 reviews and a 95% Positive rating! Click through to go behind the scenes with our Gaming students and download the game for free on Steam.


Located in San Diego County

Our campus is centered in north county San Diego, just a 35-minute drive from downtown in America's Finest City. Southern California is famous for its fantastic weather, beautiful beaches and mountains, and bustling metropolitan areas. Our campus is just 15 miles from the beach, a short trip by car or train. Most importantly, our strategic location provides students with opportunities to intern with gaming companies in San Diego and even Los Angeles.


Quarter in L.A.

As an upperclassmen, media students have the opportunity to study at a satellite campus in Burbank, located right up the street from the Warner Bros. studio lot. These 8 weeks open up a host of new opportunities for internships, networking, and experiencing life in the entertainment capital of the world.


Our Authentically Catholic Community

Our campus is a place where students can grow both professionally and spiritually. We’re a unique community of artists and innovators, centered around our faith in Jesus Christ and the beauty of the Catholic faith. Immerse yourself in an abundance of opportunities for spiritual growth, including Daily Mass, Confession, Adoration, Rosary, Retreats, and Service Projects.


Study Abroad

JPCatholic offers a unique model of study abroad with a variety of destinations. Each trip is an interactive academic experience that starts with ten weeks of classroom instruction on-campus here in Escondido and culminates in a week or two of travel led by the professor. Destinations may be international or domestic, and each course is specially designed to provide a unique cultural and educational experience to the student.


Our Small Campus Environment

With a total student body under 300, JPCatholic offers a warm, tight-knit campus community. Foster lifelong friendships, form creative partnerships, and surround yourself with a supportive environment that encourages your growth in both virtue and artistic excellence.

Our small classroom sizes offer the chance for one-on-one mentorship from industry professionals who still work in their field.


Graduate in 3 Years

Our unique academic model prepares students for the real-world pace of professional life in the industry, with a focus on hands-on projects, internships, and portfolio preparation. The program is structured on a year-round quarter system, and you graduate with your Bachelors Degree in just 12 quarters. Each quarter is 10 weeks long, with about 3 weeks of break between each quarter.


Alumni Success

JPCatholic alumni have found success in a variety of paths, ranging from Hollywood to independent media organizations, and from large corporations to nonprofits to their own entrepreneurial start-ups. View our placement rate and alumni jobs by clicking below.


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Meet the Faculty

JPCatholic’s professors have a wealth of experience, and many still actively work in the industry.

Max Hulburt

Max Hulburt

Professor of Animation & Chair of Animation and Gaming

Jacqueline Nicolini

Jacqueline Nicolini

Adjunct Professor of Art

Nate Sjogren

Eric Van Hamersveld

Adjunct Professor of 2D Animation

Derry Connolly

Nate Sartain

Adjunct Professor of Art & Design

George Castro

George Castro

Adjunct Professor of Animation

Colin Brady

Colin Brady

Visiting Professor of Animation

Joe Shoopack

Joe Shoopack

Adjunct Professor of Game Development

Rodney Figueroa

Rodney Figueroa

Adjunct Professor of Game Design

Ricky Ho

Ricky Ho

Adjunct Professor of Illustration

Student Showcase


“I have the privilege of being a part of the design team at Drive Studio - I am involved with the entire spectrum of the creative process, including creating concepts, designing logos, building 3D models, compositing, animating and video editing."

Nate Sjogren
Class of 2011
Broadcast Designer at Drive Studios

“The program is everything I wanted in a gaming degree - the classes are very small and tight-knit, and everything is hands-on, cutting-edge, flexible and all tied into a truly Catholic education.”

Tiffany Hall
Class of 2014
Founder of Guardian Studio

"I love the professors, I love the classwork, and I love the homework. You won’t just be handed a diploma and shown to the exit; you’re going to be taught the necessary tools in order to succeed out there."

Dean Young
Class of 2015