Louisville, Kentucky, Programs for Game Design
Aspiring game design students can choose from several academic programs across the Louisville metropolitan region. This article examines two schools that are all within 15 minutes of downtown and looks at the game design programs they offer. Information that is necessary for prospective students, such as school size, costs and the graduation rates, is provided in a table that invites easy comparison. The article concludes with some facts about one more school, this one in nearby Indiana, which offers a relevant program.
- About three miles from the city center, the University of Louisville offers a course in game design and programming to undergraduate students.
- Students might opt to attend Bellarmine University, almost four miles from downtown, which offers an interdisciplinary bachelor's degree program in digital design.
Comparison of Schools
Individuals must consider many aspects of a school as they decide on their education. The following table presents some important facts about these three schools in a convenient manner.
|University of Louisville||Bellarmine University|
|School Type||4-year; public||4-year; private not-for-profit|
|Total Enrollment (2016-2017)||21,402*||3,757*|
|Campus Setting||Large suburb||Large suburb|
|Tuition & Fees (2016-2017)||$11,264 in-state; $26,286 out-of-state*||$40,750*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)||97%*||100%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||75%*||89%*|
|Retention Rate (2016-2017)||81%*||72%*|
|Graduation Rate (for those who began their studies in 2011)||54%*||65%*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
University of Louisville
The University of Louisville is a public research university with three campuses across the city and in eastern Jefferson County. An undergraduate game design and programming course is offered through the university's school of engineering. Students can also pursue a computer science and computer engineering degree program to take classes relevant to game design.
Game Design and Programming
This is a 3-credit course that's offered in spring, fall and summer semesters. Computer game design techniques will be studied in addition to game engines and multimedia and game programming.
Bellarmine University is a private university located in the Highlands neighborhood of Louisville. Students at Bellarmine can enroll in an interdisciplinary program with classes in game design.
Bachelor of Arts in Design, Arts and Technology
This interdisciplinary program encompasses communication, information technology, music and art. The program is a double major that complements a student's primary major, preferably in the arts, business or communication. Classes that are required in the program include computer hardware and software, technology ventures studio, color imaging, graphic communication, music recording technology, software application studio, video art and multimedia communication. Students also must complete an internship and a special topics class in design, arts and technology.
Other School Options
While students can find academic options in the Louisville city boundaries, they also might opt to attend a school across the state line. Located 10.7 miles from downtown Louisville, Indiana University - Southeast offers computer science and graphic design programs that can develop a student's game design skills.