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Game Design Certificate and Degree Programs in Cincinnati, OH

Sep 12, 2018

The Cincinnati area may not have any degree programs specifically in game design, but several related programs are available. Learn about the program options, admission info and degree requirements for these schools, which are all within 20 miles of downtown, and make an informed education decision.

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Cincinnati Schools with Programs Related to Game Design

While there may be no specific degree offerings in the field of game design in the Cincinnati area, students interested in learning about this topic can enroll in a variety of related certificate and degree programs at three schools, all within a 25-minute drive of downtown. This article looks at those schools and the relevant programs they offer. There is also a table of facts about each school, such as size, tuition and the percentage of applicants who are accepted.

  • At the University of Cincinnati, about three miles from downtown, individuals who want to study game design can do so through the school's bachelor's program in electronic media.
  • Over the border in Kentucky, just nine miles from downtown Cincinnati, students can enroll at Northern Kentucky University. The media informatics program there offers a bachelor's degree and a minor.
  • Sixteen miles away in Blue Ash, Ohio, students seeking game design training can enroll in the University of Cincinnati - Blue Ash College's certificate program in interactive web media.

Comparison of Schools

Individuals who are deciding what school to attend need to consider many factors. This table showcases important information in a way that makes it easy to compare these institutions.

University of Cincinnati Northern Kentucky University University of Cincinnati - Blue Ash College
School Type 4-year; public 4-year; public 4-year, primarily associate's; public
Total Enrollment (2017) 37,155* 14,456* 4,779*
Campus Setting Large city Large suburb Large suburb
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees 2017-2018 $11,000 in-state; $27,334 out-of-state* $9,744 in-state; $19,104 out-of-state* $6,010 in-state; $14,808 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2017) 82%* 96%* 89%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) 76%* 90%* N/A - open admissions*
Retention Rate (2017) 86% full-time students; 38% part-time students* 73% full-time students; 41% part-time students* N/A*
Graduation Rate (Students Who Began In 2011) 69% (19% transfer-out rate)* 40%* 23% (31% transfer-out rate)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

University of Cincinnati

Students in the fine arts program at this university can utilize the numerous computer and multimedia labs housed in Mary Emery Hall.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Electronic Media

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Electronic Media program consists of classes that provide technical skills and business insight in digital media and digital media creation. The degree is offered by the Conservatory of Music, which offers training and professional resources, such as production studios and internship opportunities with digital production studios across the country.

Although the BFA program is focused on all digital media skills a student can learn, many of the classes help with game design. Core classes in the electronic media program that are related to game design include digital video production, digital audio production and integrated media production. There is a capstone electronic game design class that covers essential game design skills.

Northern Kentucky University

Northern Kentucky University is located over the state border from Ohio in the town of Highland Heights, Kentucky. The university's communication department offers several bachelor's programs in areas ranging from public relations to broadcasting. Students interested in gaming can take some game design and programming classes from the media informatics program. The department offers several outreach and internship opportunities for students to connect with leading video game companies around the Cincinnati region.

Minor in Media Informatics

The minor in media informatics is available for Northern Kentucky University students interested in digital media and gaming graphics. The 21-credit program includes classes like visual fundamentals in digital media, 3D modeling, interactive media and media web coding. Elective classes include a course that analyzes the impact of computer games and virtual worlds, advanced 3D modeling, media scripting and computer-mediated communication.

Bachelor of Arts in Media Informatics

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Media Informatics has a curriculum consisting of digital media and visual communications courses. Many of these courses help students gain pertinent game design or programming skills. Game-related classes that are offered by the media informatics program include non-linear interactive storytelling, 3D modeling, business of media informatics, advanced media interactivity and a digital media projects class.

University of Cincinnati - Blue Ash College

The University of Cincinnati - Blue Ash College is a regional campus in the University of Cincinnati system. The regional campus offers students associate's degrees and certificates in various pre-professional and liberal arts programs.

Certificate in Interactive Web Multimedia

The electronic media communications department at the University of Cincinnati - Blue Ash College, which is located in the neighboring town of Blue Ash, provides the Certificate in Interactive Web Multimedia program. The certificate program includes courses that help students develop multimedia programs for CD-ROM or web platforms. Although the program is geared toward general interactive web applications, the electronic media communications department states that the curriculum can help students develop the tools necessary for game development or game art careers. Classes in the certificate program include 3D modeling and texture, 3D lighting and motion, Flash interactive scripting, motion graphics and a media studio practicum.

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