Game Design Certificate Programs in Knoxville, TN

Nov 15, 2018

There are a few schools within 90 miles of Knoxville, Tennessee, that offer programs related to game design. Read an overview for two schools' programs and find out which school is the right one for you.

Knoxville Schools with Game Design Certificate Programs

Students who want to earn a certificate in game design in the Knoxville area have few options. This article looks at two schools with relevant degree offerings, both within 90 miles of downtown. In addition to information about the schools and programs, there is also a table of information that prospective students might find useful. It contains facts about each school's enrollment, tuition, graduation rates and retention rates.

  • Pellissippi State Community College (PSCC), about 13 miles from the Knoxville city center, offers a media technologies associate's degree with a video production technology concentration and animation option.
  • The next nearest school to offer a full program in game design is East Tennessee State University, which is roughly 90 miles from Knoxville. The 4-year school offers a bachelor's degree program in digital media that allows students to focus on digital interaction and game design.

Comparison of Schools

Students need to consider many factors when choosing a college. This table displays important information in a way that allows them to easily compare these two schools.

Pellissippi State Community College East Tennessee State University
School Type 2-year, public 4-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017) 11,168* 14,353*
Campus Setting Large suburb Small city
Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $4,180 in-state; $16,156 out-of-state* $8,679 in-state; $26,463 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 94%* 97%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) NA - open admissions* 85%*
Retention Rate (2016-2017) 53% full-time; 41% part-time* 76% full-time; 47% part-time*
Graduation Rate 27% (students began 2014)* 41% (students began 2011)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

Pellissippi State Community College

Founded in 1974, Pellissippi State Community College offers associate's degree and certificate programs. Prospective game designers can consider this school's associate's degree in media technologies, which offers a video production technology concentration with an animation option. In addition, this school also offers a stand-alone game scripting course.

Associate of Applied Science in Media Technologies/Video Production Technology Concentration - Animation Option

In this four-semester program, future game designers will focus on skills and tools used in the industry. Requirements include courses such as digital animation, modeling in animation, and Adobe After Effects, in addition to an internship and capstone project.

East Tennessee State University

East Tennessee State University offers a bachelor's degree in digital media. The concentration in digital game design requires the completion of 24 credit hours in guided electives in addition to the five key concentration courses.

Bachelor of Science in Digital Media with a Concentration in Digital Game Design

This four-year degree offers different digital media tracks including digital game design. Specifically, students will explore topics like game play and testing, interaction for game design, game modeling and environment design. This degree is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in the game industry.

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