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Video Game Design Degree Program in Norfolk, VA

The Norfolk, VA, area has 3 schools that offer video game design-related degrees within roughly 50 miles of the city's center. Learn about the program options and requirements at these colleges to find out which one is right for your goals.

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Norfolk Video Game Design Schools

There aren't any schools in the Norfolk, VA, area that offer video game design-specific degree programs. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicates that aspiring game designers may be able to enter their field after graduating from a computer science bachelor's degree program (www.bls.gov). A few schools in the area offer computer science programs with relevant courses. Read an overview of the required coursework in 3 colleges' programs, and then compare the institutions using the table of statistics.

  • Out of the options in the area, Christopher Newport University provides students with the most advanced classrooms and on-campus research labs. This school, located around 33 miles from downtown Norfolk, offers students the opportunity to earn a bachelor's degree in computer science or a master's degree in applied physics and computer science.
  • The College of William and Mary has the smallest student-to-faculty ratio with 12 students for every faculty member. Situated about 51 miles from central Norfolk, the school offers computer science bachelor's and master's degree programs.
  • Old Dominion University is the closest option to downtown Norfolk, VA, at just 4 miles away. Game development classes are available in the computer science bachelor's degree program; a master's-level program in computer science is also offered.

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Comparison of Schools

Stats in areas like campus setting and student enrollment can tell you a lot about what kind of college experience you might have at an institution. Get facts and figures on these and many other factors, such as tuition and acceptance rates, for the profiled schools in this table.

Christopher Newport University College of William and Mary Old Dominion University
School Type 4-year, public 4-year, public 4-year, public
Total Enrollment (2014) 5,221* 8,437* 24,932*
Campus Setting Midsize city Large suburb Midsize city
Tuition and Fees (2015-2016) $12,526 in-state; $23,824 out-of-state* $19,372 in-state; $41,072 out-of-state* $9,480 in-state; $26,220 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2014) 75%* 53%* 83%*
Acceptance Rate (2014) 56%* 33%* 82%*
Retention Rate (2014) 87% for full-time students* 95% for full-time students* 81% for full-time students*
Graduation Rate (2014) 68%* 90%* 52%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Christopher Newport University

Although most of this school's computer science concepts are taught in the classroom, students can also encounter laboratory courses that provide hands-on training. Students have the option to earn bachelor's and master's degrees in 5 years. A computer science doctorate degree program is also offered at this school.

Bachelor of Science in Computer Foundations, Major in Computer Science

This program offers a few courses that might appeal to aspiring video game designers, covering topics such as algorithms, object-oriented programming and design, artificial intelligence, software design and development, C++ programming and programming language concepts. Additional courses can include software packages, data and file structures, computer organization, operating systems, multimedia and Web publishing. Students also need to complete a capstone course prior to graduation.

Master of Science in Applied Physics and Computer Science

Students enrolling in this program may want to concentrate their studies in computer science. This program requires students to complete core courses in system software design, artificial intelligence and computer networks. Students can also choose to complete courses in object-oriented programming, advanced artificial intelligence concepts, system software design, multimedia applications and image processing.

College of William and Mary

Students can enter a program that allows them to earn computer science bachelor's and master's degrees in 5 years. This school offers a computer science doctorate degree program for students interested in advancing their studies.

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

Video game design-relevant courses offered during this program include software development, algorithms, programming languages, computer graphics, simulation and software engineering. This program provides additional courses in Web design, computational problem solving, data structures, computer organization, database systems and computer architecture. Students interested in earning professional and hands-on skills development can earn course credit for completing an internship.

Master of Science in Computer Science

This program allows students to choose between writing a thesis or taking more courses and completing a research project. Students who choose to submit a thesis also need to participate in an oral examination and thesis defense. Students may encounter courses in algorithms, computer graphics, computer languages, software engineering, linear and non-linear programming, automated logical reasoning and simulation.

Old Dominion University

Some of the game development courses offered at the bachelor's degree level have a corresponding graduate-level course. This school also offers a computer science doctorate degree program for students who want to continue their education.

Bachelor of Computer Science

This program features courses covering object-oriented programming, programming languages, software engineering and related problem solving. Game development elective courses include computer graphics, artificial intelligence and computer simulation. Students can also choose to emphasize in programming, computational mathematics, computer architecture and applied technology. Two professional workforce development capstone courses are needed to graduate from this program.

Master of Science in Computer Science

Students enrolled in this program can choose to complete a thesis, a project or additional coursework. This program provides students with courses that cover software development, computer graphics, intelligent agents, computational geometry, computational methods and computer image formation. The coursework-only option requires students to pass a comprehensive exam prior to graduation.

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