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Overview

Game design is an area of study and practice associated with the creation of games, generally computer and video games, through various means and methods. Individuals in this field may work as artists, programmers, content designers, and more. The field has grown increasingly complex over subsequent generations requiring more and more education.

Education and Schools

Individuals seeking an education in video game design may do so through a variety of options, though generally will seek schools that offer specialized programs in the field. Individuals will learn about the various aspects of game development, working individually and with others in order to create working prototypes, tests, and playable demos in order to demonstrate understanding and skill. Students will learn to use various programs and computers in order to realize their designs and to implement their ideas.

A curriculum may include:

  • Game Physics
  • Level Design
  • Game Development and Pipelines
  • Engines and Environment Building
  • Design Theory and Genres

Schools that provide and education in video game design should be up to date in terms of their software and hardware, providing an environment that can provide a relevant and current education. Schools that have relationships with video game studios, developers and publishers are generally preferable as they allow for work experience prior to graduating, as well as possible employment for those who complete their program.

Employment Opportunities

The video game industry has exceed the film industry as one of the most profitable and fastest growing in the world. Production of games from independent developers to 300 plus development teams exist, working to provide new and engaging game ideas. Individuals should expect to see a large amount of growth and opportunity over the next decade as new methods of development and distribution, as well as diverse platforms allows for options for educate game designers.

Colleges that Offer Game Design by Number of Graduates

Listed below are the most popular schools in the U.S. that have game design programs. Schools can be filtered by clicking the drop-down menu below and selecting a state.

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Showing 1-20 of 70 Schools
The University of Texas at Dallas

Richardson, TX

About The University of Texas at Dallas, located in Richardson, Texas, was founded in 1969 through the donation of their research arm by Texas Instruments. The school was admitted as a member of the...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $10,666
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: 10,000 to 19,999
  • Telephone: (972) 883-2111

Programs Offered

  • Visual and Performing Arts (B,M,D)
  • Game Design (B,M,D)

Savannah College of Art and Design

Savannah, GA

Savannah College of Art and Design, located in Savannah, Georgia, is a nonprofit private art institution that offers interested students career training and education in the fields of art and design. Savannah College of Art and Design offers over forty different programs available, and it...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $32,405
  • Type: Fashion or Art School
  • Students Enrolled: 10,000 to 19,999
  • Telephone: (912) 525-5000

Programs Offered

  • Design and Visual Communications (B,M)
  • Commercial and Advertising Art (B,M)
  • Industrial Design (B,M)
  • Commercial Photography (B,M)

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA

The University of Southern California (USC) has two main campuses, both located in Los Angeles, CA.  USC's University Park campus is near downtown-metro Los Angeles, near the city's major museums.  The University Park campus is home to most of USC's professional...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $44,463
  • Type: 4-Year Private College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (213) 740-2311

Programs Offered

  • Visual and Performing Arts (B,M)
  • Digital Arts (B,M)
  • Game Design (B,M)
  • Drama (B,M)

Brown College - Mendota Heights

Mendota Heights, MN

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $15,828
  • Type: Career College
  • Students Enrolled: Less Than 1,000
  • Telephone: (651) 905-3400

Programs Offered

  • Design and Visual Communications (B)
  • Commercial Photography (B)
  • Interior Design (B)
  • Game Design (B)

The Art Institute of California - San Diego

San Diego, CA

The Art Institutes, also referred to as Ai, is a system of schools located throughout the country that provide art education courses and degrees. Over 50 colleges comprise the system, offering varying programs and levels of education. The system was founded in 1969 through the acquisition of the...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $18,748
  • Type: Fashion or Art School
  • Students Enrolled: 1,000 to 4,999
  • Telephone: (866) 275-2422

Programs Offered

  • Fashion Design (B)
  • Interior Design (B)
  • Graphic Design (B)
  • Game Design (B)

Wake Technical Community College

Raleigh, NC

About Wake Technological Community College, located in Raleigh, North Carolina, Wake was founded 1958 and to provide career training for individuals in its service are as  industrial education center....

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $2,380
  • Type: Community College
  • Students Enrolled: 10,000 to 19,999
  • Telephone: (919) 866-5000

Programs Offered

  • Commercial and Advertising Art (C,A)
  • Interior Design (C,A)
  • Game Design (C,A)

Central Piedmont Community College

Charlotte, NC

About Central Piedmont Community College, located in Charlotte, North Carolina, was founded in 1963 through the merger of two previously existing institutions, the Central Industrial Education Center and the historically black Mecklenburg College. The schools were merged...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $2,481
  • Type: Community College
  • Students Enrolled: 10,000 to 19,999
  • Telephone: (704) 330-2722

Programs Offered

  • Commercial and Advertising Art (C,A)
  • Interior Design (C,A)
  • Graphic Design (C,A)
  • Game Design (C,A)

The Art Institute of California - Los Angeles - Campus of Argosy University

Santa Monica, CA

The Art Institutes, also referred to as Ai, is a system of schools located throughout the country that provide art education courses and degrees. Over 50 colleges comprise the system, offering varying programs and levels of education. The system was founded in 1969 through the acquisition of the...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $18,948
  • Type: Fashion or Art School
  • Students Enrolled: 1,000 to 4,999
  • Telephone: (310) 752-4700

Programs Offered

  • Interior Design (B)
  • Graphic Design (B)
  • Game Design (B)
  • Cinematography And Film (B)

SBI Campus - An Affiliate of Sanford - Brown

Melville, NY

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $10,000
  • Type: Career College
  • Students Enrolled: Less Than 1,000
  • Telephone: (631) 370-3300

Programs Offered

  • Graphic Design (A)
  • Game Design (A)

The Art Institute of California - Orange County - Campus of Argosy University

Santa Ana, CA

The Art Institutes, also referred to as Ai, is a system of schools located throughout the country that provide art education courses and degrees. Over 50 colleges comprise the system, offering varying programs and levels of education. The system was founded in 1969 through the acquisition of the...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $18,948
  • Type: Fashion or Art School
  • Students Enrolled: 1,000 to 4,999
  • Telephone: (714) 830-0200

Programs Offered

  • Industrial Design (B)
  • Commercial Photography (B)
  • Fashion Design (B)
  • Interior Design (B)

The Art Institute of Atlanta

Atlanta, GA

The Art Institutes, also referred to as Ai, is a system of schools located throughout the country that provide art education courses and degrees. Over 50 colleges comprise the system, offering varying programs and levels of education. The system was founded in 1969 through the acquisition of the...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $17,796
  • Type: Fashion or Art School
  • Students Enrolled: 1,000 to 4,999
  • Telephone: (770) 394-8300

Programs Offered

  • Commercial Photography (B)
  • Interior Design (B)
  • Graphic Design (B)
  • Illustration (B)

The Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Online Division

Pittsburgh, PA

The Art Institutes, also referred to as Ai, is a system of schools located throughout the country that provide art education courses and degrees. Over 50 colleges comprise the system, offering varying programs and levels of education. The system was founded in 1969 through the acquisition of the...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $18,764
  • Type: Fashion or Art School
  • Students Enrolled: 5,000 to 9,999
  • Telephone: (877) 872-8869

Programs Offered

  • Design and Visual Communications (C,B)
  • Commercial Photography (C,B)
  • Interior Design (C,B)
  • Graphic Design (C,B)

International Academy of Design and Technology - Troy

Troy, MI

International Academy of Design & Technology was founded in 1977 in the city of Chicago.  Over the following years the school expanded in size, creating eight campuses in as many states. Today the school is owned by the Career Education Corporation, Inc., a company which owns a number...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $15,200
  • Type: Career College
  • Students Enrolled: Less Than 1,000
  • Telephone: (248) 457-2700

Programs Offered

  • Digital Arts (B)
  • Fashion Design (B)
  • Interior Design (B)
  • Graphic Design (B)

The Art Institute of California - San Francisco

San Francisco, CA

The Art Institutes, also referred to as Ai, is a system of schools located throughout the country that provide art education courses and degrees. Over 50 colleges comprise the system, offering varying programs and levels of education. The system was founded in 1969 through the acquisition of the...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $18,948
  • Type: Fashion or Art School
  • Students Enrolled: 1,000 to 4,999
  • Telephone: (415) 865-0198

Programs Offered

  • Fashion Design (B)
  • Interior Design (B)
  • Graphic Design (B)
  • Game Design (B)

The Art Institute of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA

The Art Institutes, also referred to as Ai, is a system of schools located throughout the country that provide art education courses and degrees. Over 50 colleges comprise the system, offering varying programs and levels of education. The system was founded in 1969 through the acquisition of the...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $17,832
  • Type: Fashion or Art School
  • Students Enrolled: 1,000 to 4,999
  • Telephone: (412) 291-6200

Programs Offered

  • Commercial and Advertising Art (B)
  • Industrial Design (B)
  • Commercial Photography (B)
  • Interior Design (B)

The Art Institute of Phoenix

Phoenix, AZ

The Art Institutes, also referred to as Ai, is a system of schools located throughout the country that provide art education courses and degrees. Over 50 colleges comprise the system, offering varying programs and levels of education. The system was founded in 1969 through the acquisition of the...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $17,616
  • Type: Fashion or Art School
  • Students Enrolled: 1,000 to 4,999
  • Telephone: (602) 331-7500

Programs Offered

  • Commercial Photography (B)
  • Interior Design (B)
  • Graphic Design (B)
  • Game Design (B)

Ex - Pression College for Digital Arts

Emeryville, CA

Ex - Pression College for Digital Arts is a private art school located in Emeryville, CA, that provides specialized education and training in a variety of art related fields. Ex - Pression College for Digital Arts offers several programs to choose from. Some of the more popular programs offered...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $23,302
  • Type: Fashion or Art School
  • Students Enrolled: Less Than 1,000
  • Telephone: (510) 654-2934

Programs Offered

  • Game Design (B)
  • Cinematography And Film (B)

International Academy of Design and Technology - Orlando

Orlando, FL

International Academy of Design & Technology was founded in 1977 in the city of Chicago.  Over the following years the school expanded in size, creating eight campuses in as many states. Today the school is owned by the Career Education Corporation, Inc., a company which owns a number...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $15,360
  • Type: Career College
  • Students Enrolled: Less Than 1,000
  • Telephone: (407) 857-2300

Programs Offered

  • Digital Arts (B)
  • Interior Design (B)
  • Graphic Design (B)
  • Game Design (B)

The Art Institute of Portland

Portland, OR

The Art Institutes, also referred to as Ai, is a system of schools located throughout the country that provide art education courses and degrees. Over 50 colleges comprise the system, offering varying programs and levels of education. The system was founded in 1969 through the acquisition of the...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $17,616
  • Type: Fashion or Art School
  • Students Enrolled: 1,000 to 4,999
  • Telephone: (503) 228-6528

Programs Offered

  • Industrial Design (B)
  • Fashion Design (B)
  • Interior Design (B)
  • Graphic Design (B)

Ringling College of Art and Design

Sarasota, FL

Ringling College of Art and Design, located in Sarasota, FL, is a nonprofit private art institution that offers interested students career training and education in the fields of art and design. Ringling College of Art and Design offers several programs to choose from. Listed below are the...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $36,640
  • Type: Fashion or Art School
  • Students Enrolled: 1,000 to 4,999
  • Telephone: (800) 255-7695

Programs Offered

  • Interior Design (B)
  • Graphic Design (B)
  • Illustration (B)
  • Game Design (B)

Source: IPEDS Survey 2008-2011: Data obtained from the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Data may vary depending on school and academic year.