Game Design Degrees in Woburn, MA with Course Descriptions

Oct 04, 2020

Woburn Game Design Schools

Individuals seeking a game design degree in Woburn will have to look just outside the town for programs. Find out about the undergraduate degree programs at three colleges, and then check out a table of statistics and other facts to get a more complete picture of the education options in the area. Details on a couple of other schools are provided as well.

  • Located roughly 15 miles from central Woburn, Emerson College in Boston offers game design training as part of its two bachelor's degree programs in media production. The college participates in the Professional Arts Consortium, one of six Boston-area higher education institutions dedicated to the visual and performing arts.
  • Also in Boston, Northeastern University offers three game design bachelor's degree programs, including two that combine a game design major with other majors -- including computer science and digital arts -- so students can concentrate on a particular set of skills in the field. The university, which is located around 14 miles from downtown Woburn, offers various facilities so students can conduct their game design research.
  • Mount Ida College, located in Newton, offers a bachelor's degree in game art. Situated about 23 miles from Woburn's downtown area, the college has a dedicated center for game design research and testing.

Comparison of Schools

All of the profiled schools are private institutions, which, as the table shows, contributes to the higher tuition rates than generally seen among many public colleges. Compare the schools in other areas, like acceptance rates and student enrollment, below.

Emerson College Northeastern University Mount Ida College
School Type 4-year; private not-for-profit 4-year; private not-for-profit 4-year; private not-for-profit
Total Enrollment (2019) 4,930* 22,207* NA*
Campus Setting Large city* Large city* Small city*
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2019-2020) $49,432* $53,506* NA*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2018-19) 80%* 78%* NA*
Acceptance Rate (2019) 33%* 18%* NA*
Retention Rate (2018-2019) 89% for full-time students* 99% for full-time students* NA*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (Students beginning in 2013) 82%* 89%* NA*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Emerson College

Emerson College's Department of Visual & Media Arts offers two bachelor's degree programs in media production that allow students to focus on various specializations, including animation and motion media. They prepare students for careers within the gaming, movie and television industries. Students interested in this specialization may want to participate in the Professional Arts Consortium, a partnership between six Boston-area universities that allows students to take visual and performing arts courses at participating schools.

Bachelor of Arts in Production - Animation and Motion Media Specialization

This degree program integrates media production with in-depth studies in animation and motion media. Prospective game designers learn motion graphics, compositing techniques, computer animation, visual effects and film animation. Students are required to develop original 2D and frame-by-frame film animations and a 3D modeling and animation project. Courses include 3D computer gaming, digital media and culture and motion graphics. Students also have access to the Engagement Game Lab where they can develop and study games and technology.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Media Arts Production - Animation and Motion Media Specialization

This degree program offers many of the same courses as the Bachelor of Arts in Production program but requires a more concentrated curriculum. Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 to apply for the BFA program in their junior year. They must complete an additional 16 credits in visual and media arts, including two semesters of a BFA production workshop. Students must also complete a thesis-level capstone project.

Northeastern University

The university's College of Arts, Media and Design offers eight interdisciplinary bachelor's degree programs, three of which combine game design technology with another field of study.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Game Art and Animation

This program provides students with an art foundation that they can apply toward a career in game design. Courses include drawing, color foundation, still and moving images, animation, game programming, game design, graphic design, web design, game assets and prototyping and game interface design.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Games

Students in this program combine game design classes with the training needed to successfully operate a game studio. Coursework includes business modeling and 2D design. Game design courses include game programming, society and games, interface design and game theory. Students must also complete a game design capstone project.

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Game Design

This program provides students with strong computer science training that prepares them for careers in the game industry. Computer science topics include algorithms, theory, networks and systems. Along with the required courses in game design, the program offers computer science courses in logic and computation, computer graphics, software development, human computer interaction and a senior seminar.

Mount Ida College

Mount Ida College offers a bachelor's degree in game art and animation that helps students develop the technical, creative and visual skills needed to work as animators, developers and artists in the game industry. Students in the program have access to the college's Game Art and Design Render Farm, a top-line group of computers that run complex and sophisticated animations on the level with game industry standards.

Bachelor of Science in Game Art

Core classes in this degree program incorporate a strong liberal arts foundation with real-world animation training. Required game art courses cover topics in the history of video games, art, 3D animation, digital sculpting, scripting and level design. Students can also take electives to focus on subspecialties, such as texturing, special effects, character animation and rigging; they also complete a capstone project in one of these subspecialties.

Other Schools

Other school options are Becker College, a little over 50 miles away in Worcester, which offers a bachelor's degree in interactive media design with a concentration in game design. Also, around 45 miles from downtown Woburn is Fitchburg State University that has a bachelor's degree in game design.

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