Game Design Degree Programs in Canton, MI with Course Summaries

Sep 20, 2018

There are at least five schools within 30 miles of Canton, MI, that have game design degree programs. Read an overview of three programs, requirements and admission info and find out which school is the right one for you.

Schools near Canton, MI, with Game Design Programs

Students interested in game design can find a number of program options near Canton. Degree programs in game design, animation and interactive media can all be helpful for a career in this field. This article looks at relevant programs offered by three schools that are within 35 minutes of downtown Canton. It also includes a table of pertinent statistics about these schools, such as enrollment, tuition and the graduation rate, arranged in a way that makes it easy for prospective students to compare these institutions. There is some information on a few other area schools that offer programs related to game design.

  • The College for Creative Studies, about 29 miles from downtown Canton, has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program with an emphasis in games.
  • A bachelor's degree program in simulation, animation and gaming is available at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, around 10 miles from the Canton city center.
  • Approximately 11 miles from Canton's downtown, Schoolcraft College in Livonia offers certificate and associate's degree programs with concentrations in 3-D animation and interactive media and game design.

Comparison of Schools

The following table presents information that an individual should consider when choosing a school.

College for Creative Studies Eastern Michigan University Schoolcraft College
School Type 4-year; private, not-for-profit 4-year; public 4-year; public
Total Enrollment (2017) 1,453* 20,525* 10,558*
Campus Setting Large city Large suburb Small city
Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $42,460* $12,019, in-state;
$29,200, out-of-state*
$3,668, in-district; $4,942, in-state;
$6,866, out-of-state
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Aid (2017) 98%* 97%* 74%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) 49%* 45%* N/A - open admission policy
Retention Rate (2017) 80% for full-time students;
54% for part-time students*
72% for full-time students;
41% for part-time students*
Graduation Rate (Students began in 2011) 60%* 40%* 17% (31% transfer-out rate)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

College for Creative Studies

Since College for Creative Studies (CCS) is an art and design school, courses highlight the creative process of game design. An entertainment arts bachelor's degree program is located at the Ford campus in midtown Detroit and includes an emphasis in games. However, students can further customize studies to a specific area of game design, such as character development or animation.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Entertainment Arts (Games)

CCS offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program in entertainment arts with a concentration in games. Students choosing the emphasis in games will learn about 2-D and 3-D game design through some required coursework in character development, drawing, creative visualization, game art, computerized animation and story concepts. Electives are also available in stop motion and Web design.

Eastern Michigan University

Eastern Michigan University (EMU) is located in Ypsilanti, MI, around 10 miles from Canton. The College of Technology at EMU offers an interdisciplinary bachelor's degree program in simulation, animation and gaming that combines programming, story development, creative writing and traditional art.

Bachelor of Science in Simulation, Animation and Gaming

This Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree program at EMU trains students for careers in computer game design. Some of the required studies for the major include 2-D and 3-D design, audio and video production, simulation graphics and story development. Students will be required to successfully completed at least 124 credits to earn this degree.

Schoolcraft College

About 11 miles from Canton is Schoolcraft College, a 2-year institution that offers several computer graphics technology programs. Schoolcraft has advanced certificate and associate's degree programs in web and interactive media as well as 3-D animation and graphic design. A post-associate's certificate program in computer graphics technology is also available.

Certificate in Computer Graphics Technology (Web and Interactive Media; 3-D and Video Graphics)

Students interested in earning a computer graphics technology certificate can choose from a program in web and interactive media or 3-D and video graphics. The web and interactive media option is a 30-credit certificate program with coursework that may include 2-D animation, digital imaging, storyboarding and web development. A 30-credit certificate program in 3-D and video graphics includes some of the same coursework as the web and interactive media program, with added coursework in 3-D animation and motion graphics.

Associate of Applied Science in Computer Graphics Technology (Web and Interactive Media; 3-D and Video Graphics)

Students can earn an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in web and interactive media or 3-D and video graphics. The 2-year A.A.S. degree programs have much of the same required coursework as the respective certificate programs, with the addition of general education classes. A student in one of these associate's degree programs must also complete a portfolio course, practical application capstone courses and an internship or project.

Post-Associate's Certificate in Computer Graphics Technology

Those who've earned an associate's degree in graphics technology or who already work in game design can earn a post-associate's certificate. Students are allowed to create a specialized course of study by selecting six classes. Game design curriculum might include storyboarding, scripting for game design, Flash scripting, animation, motion graphics and sound editing.

Other School Options

The University of Michigan - Dearborn is located outside of Detroit and is around 12 miles east of Canton. The university offers a bachelor's degree program in computer and information science with a concentration in game design. Washtenaw Community College is also about 12 miles from Canton in Ann Arbor. The 2-year school offers certificate and A.A.S. degree programs in 3-D animation, which is a useful program for a career in game design. The A.A.S. program at this community college involves an articulation agreement with EMU to complete a B.S. degree program.

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