School and Ranking Information
Aspiring video game developers in Chicago can choose programs offered by public and private universities, technical schools, or art and design colleges. Based upon the programs offered, the gaming and computer lab facilities, and the school's connection to the community, the following university is considered to be one of the top ranked schools for video game design and development in Chicago:
- Winner: DePaul University offers a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Computer Game Development. DePaul is known for innovative programs and for placing a large percentage of its students in internships.
School Info Chart
|Rankings||# 125 Best National Universities (2020)**|
|School Type||4-year, private not-for-profit|
|Tuition & Fees (2019-2020)||Undergraduate: $45,543*|
|Video Game Design and Development Degrees Offered||Bachelor's, Master's|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2013 Entering Class||74%*|
|Noteworthy||Four advanced computer game labs; State-of-the-art digital media production, audio and video equipment|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **U.S. News & World Report
- High undergraduate retention rate and low student-faculty ratio
- Research opportunities for game development students
- Curriculum is closely adapted to emerging industry trends
DePaul was established in 1989 by the Vincentian religious community, founded on the teachings of St. Vincent de Paul. Today, it is the largest Catholic university in the nation with two campuses in the city and three in suburban Chicago. The computer game design programs are housed in the College of Computing and Digital Media - a college that combines the technical strength of the computing department with the creativity and imagination of the cinema and interactive media department.
Within DePaul's bachelor's program, students can choose from among three concentrations: game design, systems programming, and gameplay programming. The core curriculum covers areas such as 3-D modeling, game design, game programming and animation. DePaul's master's program (which is also offered entirely online) requires prerequisite coursework in programming, data structures, and systems. Coursework within the program includes game architecture, programming, and graphics. DePaul also offers a combined bachelor's/master's degree program.