Programs are available throughout the U.S. for aspiring game developers with education options including undergraduate and graduate degree programs. A certificate program is another option and may focus on specializations in the field such as, casual or mobile games.
Schools with Game Software Development Programs
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition (2015-2016)*|
|Baker College||Flint, MI||4-year, Private, not-for-profit||Bachelor's||$8,640|
|Full Sail University||Winter Park, FL||4-year, Private, for-profit||Bachelor's||$23,117|
|Neumont University||Salt Lake City, UT||4-year, Private, not-for-profit||Bachelor's||$24,000|
|Lawrence Technological University||Southfield, MI||4-year, Private, not-for-profit||Bachelor's||$30,300|
|DePaul University||Chicago, IL||4-year, Private, not-for-profit||Bachelor's and Master's||Undergraduate: $36,361; Graduate: $17,904|
|Northwest Vista College||San Antonio, TX||2-year, Public||Certificate and Associate's||In-district: $2,088, In-state: $5,550; Out-of-state: $10,740|
|Southern New Hampshire University||Manchester, NH||4-year, Private, not-for-profit||Bachelor's||$30,386|
|University of Wisconsin - Stout||Menomonie, WI||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||In-state: $9,203; Out-of-state: $16,949|
|University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering||Los Angeles, CA||4-year, Private, not-for-profit||Master's||$39,984|
Source:*National Center for Education Statistics
School Selection Criteria
Prospective students may want to consider the following when selecting a program:
- Choose a program specialization that matches a desired goal, such as mobile game programming, game design or artificial intelligence.
- Identify specific requirements, for example, an artistic design specialization may require a portfolio as part of the admissions process.
- Look for programs that offer access to a wide variety of relevant development and design software.
- Find out whether the program offers internships with strong industry connections.
Certificate in Game Development
Certificate programs in game development are available as undergraduate and post-baccalaureate programs and typically take one year to complete. Some programs require students to have a computer science background before enrolling. Students may gain experience with specific software such as Flash and Photoshop.
Associate Degree in Game Development
Associate degree programs in game development typically include general education and basic computer science courses. Required coursework may include game programming, graphics, modeling and production.
Bachelor's Degree in Game Design and Development
Bachelor's degree programs include general education courses and may offer more extensive computer science and game design classes. Coursework commonly included in these programs are digital multimedia, storyboarding, data structures and graphic design.
Master's Degree in Game Development
Prerequisites to this program may include C++ programming language and advanced math courses. Students may work in groups to create a complete an interactive game. Master's degree program coursework may include topics such as artificial intelligence, computer animation and algorithms.
Individuals will have no problem finding programs in game development at all degree levels all across the country. It is important to consider career goals when choosing a program and degree level.