Charleston Schools with Game Design Programs
No schools in the Charleston, SC, area offer degree programs focusing specifically on game design. However, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, aspiring game designers can gain the skills and education needed for the career through degree programs in computer science and graphic design.
This article looks at two schools, both less than 25 minutes from downtown Charleston, with relevant programs and offers information on those degree programs. A table of statistics about these schools, including enrollment, tuition, the acceptance rate and graduation rate, is presented. Prospective students can use this table to compare these two institutions. At the end of the article is the name of one other school, about 100 miles from Charleston, with programs in game development and design.
- Less than a mile from downtown, the College of Charleston offers a customizable bachelor's degree program in computing in the arts with relevant game design courses.
- Charleston Southern University, 18 miles from the city center, offers bachelor's degree programs that can help students prepare for a career in game design. One degree is in graphic design; the other is in computer science.
Comparison of Schools
The following table showcases information that is important to individuals who are considering which school to attend.
|College of Charleston||Charleston Southern University|
|School Type||4-year; public||4-year; private not-for-profit|
|Total Enrollment (Fall 2017)||10,863*||3,492*|
|Campus Setting||Midsize city||Midsize city|
|Tuition & Fees 2017-2018||$12,422 in-state; $30,810 out-of-state*||$24,840*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)||79%*||99%*|
|Acceptance Rate||80% (Fall 2017)*||56% (Fall 2017)*|
|Retention Rate for Full-Time Students (2016-2017)||78%*||66%*|
|Graduation Rate (for students beginning in fall 2011)||69%*||35%*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
College of Charleston
The computing in the arts program from the College of Charleston is partially supported by Google and the National Science Foundation. Students interested in pursuing the program have the opportunity to pursue one of four concentrations.
Bachelor of Arts in Computing in the Arts
The Bachelor of Arts in Computing in the Arts program includes core courses such as game programming, computer programming and data structures and algorithms. Some courses have prerequisites. Students in the program can further specialize in art, music, digital media or theatre courses. The program also allows students to pursue a variety of elective courses. Internships are also available for students in the program.
Charleston Southern University
Another school with programs that could lead to a career in game design is Charleston Southern University. While the programs do not specifically lead to degrees in game design, students are still able to develop some game design skills.
Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design
The Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design program curriculum includes courses such as art appreciation, Web design, digital image editing, typography and photography. Students are also required to complete liberal arts core courses and an internship prior to graduation. A portfolio course allows students to develop pieces to show prospective employers.
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
Some required courses for the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science include data structures, applied systems, computer architecture and applied networking. Senior project courses are also required for graduation. Students can also choose from elective courses including multimedia, graphics, network security and artificial intelligence. A portfolio review course could also help prepare students for entering the field after graduation.
Other School Options
Although there are no closer schools offering game design programs, Savannah College of Art and Design offers programs in interactive design and game development. The school is located 107 miles away from downtown Charleston in Savannah, GA.