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Game Design Career Training in Albany, NY with Course Overviews

The Albany, NY, area has one school that offers game design career training programs within ten miles of the city's center; another school has a related program in graphic design. Learn about the programs and admission requirements for these schools to make an informed education decision.

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Albany Game Design Schools

Albany-area students interested in pursuing a career in game design have a couple of options to consider. This article focuses on the coursework and areas of study available through undergraduate programs at two colleges. It also includes a table of statistics that includes several facts for comparison of the institutions.

  • Students seeking a robust game design curriculum can consider the program offered at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, located about eight miles from downtown Albany in Troy, N.Y. It has a bachelor's degree program in games and simulation arts and sciences available.
  • The College of Saint Rose offers a bachelor's degree in graphic design. The school is less than five miles away from downtown Albany.

School Statistics

Check out the table below to learn more about the schools. It contains several facts and figures on tuition, student enrollment, graduation rates and more that could help you to figure out which college is the best fit for your goals.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute The College of Saint Rose
School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit 4-year, private not-for-profit
Total Enrollment (2017) 7,592* 3,929*
Campus Setting Small city Small city
Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $52,305* $31,612*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2017) 88%* 100%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) 43%* N/A - Open admissions
Retention Rate (2017) 93% for full-time students* 75% for full-time students*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (Students began in 2011) 83%* 59%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

This college enrolled over 6,300 undergraduate and 1,200 graduate students in 2017-2018. Students interested in a career in game design can enroll in a bachelor's degree program offered by RPI's School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS).

Bachelor of Science in Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences

Students interested in this program should apply directly to HASS, and the school recommends that they include a portfolio with their application. This program allows students to gain the fundamental knowledge and technical skills necessary to start a career in game development. Topics covered include game design, game history, and game mechanics. Computer science, calculus, physics, and biology are also part of the curriculum. A research project is required during junior year, and a game development project is part of the senior year curriculum. Students also are required to select a concentration and can potentially earn a concurrent bachelor's degree. Some of the many areas in which a student can choose a concentration in include electronic arts, computer science, management/entrepreneurship, and cognitive science. Courses specific to the student's concentration are then integrated into the student's individual curriculum.

The College of Saint Rose

Saint Rose offers a degree in graphic design. Graphic designers can work in a variety of fields and are responsible for the look of a company's brand, product or ad campaign; those who work in gaming might work on the game itself, such as the design of the user interface, or in creating campaigns to promote it. St. Rose's four-year program requires the completion of 127 credits. In addition to general education courses, students will have internship and study abroad opportunities.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design

This bachelor's program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and provides three computer labs with up-to-date design software and an exhibition gallery. Students will take 92 credits in courses such as color theory, photography, sequential design, interaction design and experimental imaging. An internship will be required and graphic design fieldwork will also be completed.

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