Game Design Career Training Programs in Oklahoma City
Aspiring game designers seeking career training have options to choose from within the Oklahoma City area, all located within fifteen miles of downtown. See the table in the next section comparing costs, campus type and enrollment size for the three schools described in this article.
- Game designing courses are available as part of a computer information systems associate's degree program offered by Oklahoma State University (OSU), which is five miles from downtown.
- Rose State College, which is located about five miles away in Midwest City, offers an associate's degree program that includes courses in game illustration and storyboarding.
- Oklahoma City Community College, just under 10 miles from downtown, administers certificate and associate's degree programs in game design in addition to offering related programs of study in computer animation.
Comparison of Schools
|Oklahoma State University||Rose State College||Oklahoma City Community College|
|School Type||4-year, primarily associate's; public||2-year; public||2-year; public|
|Total Enrollment (2019)||5,351*||7,044*||12,029*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large suburb||Large city|
|Tuition & Fees (2019-2020)||$5,034 in-state; $10,872 out-of-state*||$4,531 in-state; $10,907 out-of-state*||$4,059 in-state; $9,810 out-of-state*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Aid (2018-2019)||67%*||79%*||59%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2019-2020)||N/A - Open admissions||N/A - Open admissions||N/A - Open admissions|
|Retention Rate (2018-2019)||80% for full-time students; 62% for part-time students*||50% for full-time students; 38% for part-time students*||46% for full-time students; 35% for part-time students*|
|Graduation Rate||11% (for those who began their studies in 2013)*||16% (for those who began their studies in 2016)*||11% (for those who began their studies in 2016)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
Oklahoma State University
Located in the heart of the state capital, Oklahoma State University's campus in Oklahoma City is one of five campuses in the OSU system. Many of its degree and certificate programs incorporate technology into their curriculum, including those that focus on game design career training.
Associate of Applied Science in Computer Information Systems - Computer Game Programming Option
The A.A.S. in Computer Information Systems degree program with an option in computer game programming provides students with a liberal arts education, while also featuring computer programming and multimedia courses needed to advance their game design abilities. The program involves courses in data design, character development, game development, level design and networking fundamentals.
Rose State College
Rose State College is a public, 2-year school located less than seven miles from downtown Oklahoma City. The college's Business and Information Technology Division offers an A.A.S. program with a digital graphic design specialization that provides aspiring students with relevant coursework and game design career training.
Associate in Applied Science Degree in Multimedia Digital Design
The multimedia digital design program offered by Rose State College within its A.A.S. degree program includes coursework in game illustration as well as storyboarding. Students take classes in social media strategies while developing skills in digital imaging and media. The program requires the completion of 21 credits of general education courses that cover history, composition, technical writing and finance.
Oklahoma City Community College
Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC) is a 2-year, public school that offers students more than 60 programs of study in a diverse range of subjects. OCCC offers aspiring game designers programs at both the certificate and associate's degree levels.
Certificate of Mastery in Digital Media Design - Game Design
The certificate program in game design is awarded upon the successful completion of 36 credits of coursework. Students take classes in game and digital media development, design concepts, game technology evolution, character animation and computer-aided design. The program includes both technology and theory foundation coursework.
Associate of Applied Science in Digital Media Design - Game Design option
The A.A.S. degree program requires 61 credit hours and incorporates most of the coursework within the certificate program. Additional studies include classes in 3D rendering, 3D character design and animation, design visualization, computer applications and programming, along with general education courses such as math, history and composition.