Aspiring game developers can choose from around six game design schools in Kentucky. Game design programs are available at the associate and bachelor's degree levels, and some certificate programs are offered as well. Courses may include 3-D modeling, character development, scripting and animation. Below are overviews of five game design programs in the state.
Eastern Kentucky University
Richmond's Eastern Kentucky University offers a bachelor's degree program in computer science that includes courses in game design through the Department of Computer Science, which has ten faculty. The major requires core classes such as programming, computer concepts and software engineering. Students can choose from several tracks, such as interactive multimedia, that have elective courses in 3-D modeling, game engine design, console game design and graphics programming. The university, which serves nearly 14,000 undergraduates, also has research opportunities.
Jefferson Community and Technical College
Students at Jefferson Community and Technical College in Louisville can pursue a certificate program in digital game and simulation design that covers topics such as two- and 3-D graphics, game setup and scripting. The program includes courses in character development and rigging, texturing and lighting, animation, special effects and game engines. This 13,550-student school has an open admissions policy.
Kentucky State University
Kentucky State University, located in Frankfort, has a bachelor's degree in computer science with a gaming concentration. This program is available through the Division of Computer Science, and students have access to seven faculty members. Students learn about operating systems, computer organization and data structures, along with game programming, computer graphics and game development. This program culminates in an interactive gaming project.
Morehead State University
Students at Morehead State University, in Morehead, can complete a bachelor's degree program in computer science with a focus on computer gaming. On top of a general computer science course load, undergraduates take courses in game concepts, prototype design, implementation, multiplayer programming and math/engineering for computer games. The program is available through the College of Science and Technology.
Somerset Community College
Somerset Community College, located in Somerset, offers a 68-credit-hour associate degree program in computer programming and software development. Students learn a variety of programming languages and techniques, software programs and Internet technologies. Courses are available for 2-D and 3-D game development. Students have access to five faculty members and seven adjunct faculty members.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Game Design Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Eastern Kentucky University||Four-year, public; distant town||Bachelor of Science in Computer Science|| $9,666 (in-state),
|Jefferson Community and Technical College||Two-year, public; large suburb||Digital Game and Simulation Design Certificate|| $4,328 (in-state),
|Kentucky State University||Four-year, public; distant town||Bachelor of Science in Computer Science: Gaming|| $8,090 (in-state),
|Morehead State University||Four-year, public; remote town||Bachelor of Science in Computer Science: Computer Gaming|| $9,070 (in-state),
|Somerset Community College||Two-year, public; remote town||Associate of Applied Science in Computer and Information Technologies: Software Development|| $4,248 (in-state),
Source: *NCES College Navigator.