Best School for Video Game Programming Education - Phoenix, AZ

Nine schools in the Phoenix area have top ranking video game programming programs. Read on to find out more about what these top schools have to offer for video game programming, as well as tuition and degree information.

School and Ranking Information

Video game programming certificate and degree programs in Phoenix are offered by 2- and 4-year public schools, as well as by large and small private, for-profit schools. The following university is considered to be one of the top ranked schools for video game programming in the Phoenix area, based upon the number of graduates, variety of degree options, and computing lab facilities:

  • Winner: Arizona State University (ASU) offers an undergraduate Certificate in Computer Gaming, bachelor's and master's degrees in computer science and software engineering, and a Ph.D. program in computer science. ASU is home to a world-class engineering school and is ranked highly in computer science.

School Info Chart

Category Arizona State University
Rankings #2 Up and Coming Schools,
#41 Undergraduate Engineering Programs,
#48 Graduate Computer Science,
#63 Top Public Schools,
#65 Best Global Universities Computer Science,
#129 National Universities (2015)**
Location Tempe, AZ
School Type 4-year, public
Tuition & Fees (2013-2014) Graduate:
$10,818 (in-state),
$21,598 (out-of-state)*
Computer Science/Computer Software Programs Offered Certificate, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral
Computer Science/Computer Software Degrees Awarded in 2012-2013 259*
Most Popular Computer Science/Computer Software Degree Level in 2012-2013 Master's (126 awarded)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class 59%*
Noteworthy Accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET; Multiple cutting edge computing labs

Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **U.S. News & World Report, ***Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Arizona State University

  • $93+ million in research awards (2014)
  • Engineering residential communities
  • Award winning faculty

Founded in 1885 as a territorial school, ASU is now the largest university in the nation, with over 77,000 students enrolled across four campuses in the Phoenix area. Computer science and software engineering programs at ASU are administered by the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. Computer science programs are offered onsite at the Tempe campus, while software engineering programs are offered onsite at the Polytechnic campus in Mesa, AZ, as well as online. Entrance requirements for the engineering colleges are more stringent than for general admission to ASU.

Both the computer science and the software engineering programs at all levels allow students to take courses and do research in game programming. The undergraduate computer gaming certificate is open to all students, allowing them to use applicable elements across disciplines, such as education or business. Game programming classes include game engine development, game art (visual design), cognitive systems and intelligent agents, educational gaming, 3D animation, and graphics.

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