Game Design Degrees in Memphis, TN with Course Descriptions

The Memphis, TN, area has four schools that offer game design degree programs. Learn about the degree programs, admission info and program requirements for three of these schools, all within 20 miles of downtown, and make an informed education decision.

Schools in Memphis, TN, with Game Design Programs

Game design degree programs are rare in the Memphis, TN, area. Students may need to look for computer science programs that provide relevant training. This article profiles three schools within 20 minutes of downtown Memphis and the programs they offer. It also includes information that prospective students should consider, such as each school's enrollment, tuition, graduation rate and acceptance rate. At the end of the article is the name of one more school with a relevant degree program.

  • Southwest Tennessee Community College , located in downtown Memphis, offers associate's degree programs interactive multimedia and graphic arts technology.
  • Almost two miles from the city center, Le Moyne-Owen College offers game design instruction through a bachelor's degree in computer science.
  • The University of Memphis also offers a bachelor's degree in computer science. This school is about seven miles from downtown.

Comparison of Schools

Individuals who are deciding on a school need access to many facts. This table presents important information in a way that makes comparison easy.

Southwest Tennessee Community College Le Moyne-Owen College University of Memphis
School Type 2-year, public 4-year, private not-for-profit 4-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017) 9,099* 863* 21,521*
Campus Setting Large city Large city Large city
Tuition and Fees (2017-2018) $4,155 in-state, $16,131 out-of-state* $11,196* $9,317 in-state; $21,029 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2017) 92%* 100%* 97%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) 100%* 100%* 85%*
Retention Rate (2017) 54% for full-time students; 35% for part-time students* 53% for full-time students; 50% for part-time students* 75% for full-time students; 54% for part-time students*
Graduation Rate 10% (Students began in 2014)* 14% (Students began in 2011)* 43% (13% transfer-out rate) (Students began in 2011)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Southwest Tennessee Community College

This school offers associate's degrees in graphic arts technology. The program has two available concentrations: graphic arts production and interactive multimedia production.

Associate of Applied Science in Graphic Arts Technology

These associate's degree programs both require 60 credits of coursework spanning four semesters. The graphic arts production concentration explores topics like 2-D layout and design, creativity and idea development, pixel imaging and vector illustration. The interactive multimedia production concentration covers similar topics including interactive multimedia, video editing, 3-D modeling and animated web graphics. A portfolio practicum will also be required for degree completion in both areas of emphasis.

Le Moyne-Owen College

Students can develop skills through in-class training and by participating in cooperative experience. This school requires computer science students to complete project and capstone courses.

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

Although this program doesn't focus training on game design, students may find relevant courses covering programming languages, artificial intelligence, computer graphics, Unix, web programming and network security. This program also features courses covering database management, operating system, discrete mathematics, data visualization and algorithms. Along with general education and cognate courses, students are expected to earn 16 semester hours from computer science courses prior to graduation.

University of Memphis

In addition to classroom training, students can choose to participate in professional skills development by completing an internship. Students are required to pass a capstone course at the end of their program.

Although this school offers graduate degree programs, these graduate degree programs don't emphasize game design-relevant training. Game design-related training can be found through lower-level graduate courses that sometimes won't apply to program requirements. These graduate programs normally emphasize software engineering, distribution systems, computation models and computer algorithms.

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

During this program, future game designers may encounter relevant courses in artificial intelligence, assembly languages, computer graphics, programming languages, Java programming, Visual Basic and computer programming. Additional courses include data and discrete structures, information assurance, Web design, algorithm analysis, software engineering, operating system and systems administration. This program asks students to earn a minimum of 120 credit hours prior to graduation.

Other School Options

If a student wishes to focus on the artistic side of game design, the Memphis College of Art offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Media program that can be combined with a concentration in animation.


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