2010, Game Design & Programming
The Art Institute of Pittsburgh — Online Division
Chad A. Dulac of San Diego has been stationed all over the country, serving as Lieutenant and Public Affairs Officer in the United State Navy. While exercising his passion to serve his country, Dulac desired to explore his creative arts passions as well. And by enrolling in The Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division, he was able to find a perfect fit in balancing military service and starting a new career path.
Dulac graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Game Art & Design from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division in 2010, and according to Dulac, the programs offered at the school gave him the flexibility needed to for him to succeed. “The degree I wanted to achieve in life wasn’t always present in the places where I was stationed. By attending The Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Online Division, it gave me the flexibility to pursue the degree in games I wanted despite moving all around the United States during my time in the Navy.”
In describing his academic experience, Dulac appreciated the “real-time” classes that are germane to his field of study, as well as the use of current technology and game art techniques. “It was a robust, diverse program that was every bit as enriching as an ’in class‘ based school. The instructors used current games as an example for what methods they were teaching and I could see, with every class, that I was learning something practical instead of an ambiguous subject that wouldn’t be worth its merit.” With five years remaining until his Navy retirement, Dulac has already blazed an exciting creative arts career path. He is a Concept Artist working on the Legends of Etherell, a fantasy RPG game project. Dulac also provides part-time illustration work to Paizo Publishing, rendering non-player characters for Paizo’s online “Dungeons and Dragons” Fanzine and serves as the creator/writer/illustrator for a six-issue fantasy comic book series called “The Gifted,” which is in its final stages of production. “The career I am currently pursuing is as an illustrator, providing character and level design concept art, in both black and white, and color. These professional opportunities are a foot in the proverbial door that can easily lead to a long-standing career in games, and great portfolio work.”
Dulac credits The Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division for providing an inspiring platform to further his education. “With the flexibility to work from your home, duty station or overseas assignment, The Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division’s curricula and program delivery model were incredible benefits to me as an active duty service member. This is a phenomenal platform to pursue any one of multiple degree paths in the creative arts, while still allowing you to honorably serve.”