Game Design Career Training in Liverpool, NY with Program Info

Oct 04, 2018

There are about six schools within about 60 miles of Liverpool, NY, that have game design programs. Read an overview of three schools' programs, requirements and admission info and find out which school is the right one for you.

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Liverpool, NY, Schools with Game Design Training

While no schools near Liverpool offer degree programs exclusively in game design, there are several programs that offer relevant courses within related programs. This article looks at three of those schools, none more than about 80 minutes from downtown Liverpool, and the programs they offer. A table of information that can help prospective students is also included. It covers data about enrollment, tuition, graduation rates and the acceptance rates at these schools. At the end of the article is information about a few more schools with relevant programs.

  • Students at Syracuse University can find game design-related courses within the computer gaming minor and bachelor's degree programs. This school is approximately five miles from downtown Liverpool.
  • Cazenovia College , about 40 miles from Liverpool in the town of Cazenovia, offers a bachelor's degree program in visual communications that focuses on Web and interactive design.
  • Around 61 miles from Liverpool, Ithaca College provides a bachelor's program in emerging media with concentrations that could interest aspiring game designers. Students at Ithaca can also minor in game development.

Comparison of Schools

The following table offers information about each school that prospective students should consider when making a decision on their education.

Syracuse University Cazenovia College Ithaca College
School Type 4-year; private not-for-profit 4-year; private not-for-profit 4-year; private not-for-profit
Total Enrollment (2017) 22,484* 893* 6,516*
'Campus Setting Mid-sized city Fringe town Small suburb
'Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2017-2018) $46,755* $33,656* $42,884*
'% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2016-2017) 73%* 100%* 96%*
'Acceptance Rate (2017) 47%* 92%* 71%*
'Retention Rate (2016-2017) 91% for full-time students; 88% for part-time students* 68% for full-time students* 83% for full-time students*
'Undergraduate Graduation Rate (for those who began their studies in 2011) 83%* 54%* 76%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Syracuse University

Students at Syracuse University can minor in computer gaming or major in communications design while gaining some of the skills required for a game design career. They may also complete an individualized master's program that allows them to study animation and game design.

Minor in Computer Gaming

The minor program in computer gaming introduces the practical, theoretical and social aspects of gaming, as well as the skills used to produce computer and video games. To be accepted into the program, students must submit a letter of interest, official transcripts and samples of relevant digital media work; the program admits only 10 students per year. The minor requires 21 credits of courses, including nine credits in 3-D computer animation, computer gaming and new media.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Computer Art and Animation

This 4-year, 120-credit program teaches students to work within the world of digital media. Students investigate their creative process and study both the theoretical and practical applications of design-oriented forms of communication. Requirements also include 18 credits of academic electives and 12 credits of menued major studios, such as Computer Gaming I and II.

Cazenovia College

Cazenovia College, founded in 1824, has been rated as one of 'America's Best Colleges' by U.S. News & World Report for 15 years in a row. Aspiring game designers at Cazenovia can earn a degree in interactive design.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communications: Web/Interactive Design

Students in this B.F.A. program create user-friendly, interactive programs. They take 33 credits of general education classes, as well as courses in sociology and the history of visual communication. Major coursework covers topics such as Web and graphic design, e-commerce, interactive design, advertising, drawing, illustration, animation and typography. Students also participate in a for-credit internship and take 15 credits of electives.

This 121-credit program culminates with a senior project, during which students collaborate with professionals; final works are displayed in a public exhibition. By the end of their studies, students will have built online and print portfolios, which can help them obtain jobs in the design and technology fields.

Ithaca College

Ithaca College was founded in 1892 and offers a minor in game development and a degree program in emerging media. Emerging media students can focus on media computation or production, depending on their individual interests.

Game Development Minor

In this 23-credit minor program, students take courses in game development and technology, programming for multimedia and 2-D game development. They also take two computer science classes and a course in virtual reality or designing user interfaces.

Bachelor of Science in Emerging Media with a Concentration in Media Design and Production

Offered through the Roy H. Park School of Communications, the media design and production concentration teaches students to create, develop and present content utilizing a variety of media. After completing core courses in computer science and new media, students take 21-23 credits of coursework in their specialization area.

Required media design and production courses include media and film aesthetics, storytelling, audio production and field production. Concentration area electives cover topics such as animation, game development, experimental media and games/simulations as educational tools. In their senior year, all emerging media students participate in a group media project. Students who select this concentration must also choose a minor, and, depending on their specific career goals, they might pick game development, visual art, communication studies, Web programming or computer science.

Other School Options

Students near Liverpool, NY, who want to learn skills relevant to a game design career could also consider the undergraduate program in new communication media at SUNY College at Cortland, which is about 40 miles away. Another option is to enroll in the associate's program in new media at Tompkins Cortland Community College, situated nearly 50 miles away in Dryden. Cornell University, located about 60 miles away in Ithaca, also offers a minor in game design.

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