Miami Schools with Game Design and Programming Programs
Several schools in the Miami, FL, area offer studies in game design and programming through a variety of certificate and degree programs. This article examines three schools that are no more 50 minutes from downtown and the programs they offer. It also includes a table of information about each school, such as tuition, size, the percentage of students who graduate on time and the percentage of first-year students who receive financial aid.
- Game design students at the University of Miami can earn a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and a Master of Fine Arts in Interactive Media. The university is about eight miles from downtown.
- Students can attend Sheridan Technical Center, about 15 miles from downtown, for a certificate in game/simulation/animation visual design.
- Students can also attend Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, about 46 miles from the Miami city center for fine arts and science degree programs related to game design. These degrees are a Bachelor of Computer Science, a Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia Studies and a Master of Fine Arts in Media, Technology and Entertainment.
Comparison of Schools
Students need access to a variety of facts when deciding which school is their best option. This table showcases data about these institutions in a way that makes it easy to compare them.
|University of Miami||Sheridan Technical Center||Florida Atlantic University|
|School Type||4-year; private not-for-profit||2-year; public||4-year; public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||17,003*||1,797*||30,208*|
|Campus Setting||Large suburb||Large suburb||Small city|
|Tuition & Fees 2017-2018||$48,484*||$4,575*||$4,831 in-state; $17,276 out-of-state*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2017)||76%*||56%*||82%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||36%*||N/A - open admissions*||60%*|
|Retention Rate (2014)||91%*||59%*||79%*|
|Graduation Rate||84% (for those who began their studies between 2011)*||56% (for those who began their studies between 2014-2015)*||51% (for those who began their studies between 2011)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
University of Miami
The University of Miami is a private university in the Miami suburb of Coral Gables. It offers two programs wherein students can learn about game design and programming. One is the undergraduate program in computer science, which features a graphics and game track. Another option is a fine arts program in interactive media.
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
University of Miami students can enroll in the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Computer Science or co-major in the B.S. program if they are enrolled in another science program. Unlike the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Computer Science program that is offered by the department, B.S. students can enroll in emphasis tracks, such as the graphics and games track. Classes in the graphics and game track include game programming, computer graphics and artificial intelligence.
Master of Fine Arts in Interactive Media
The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Interactive Media is a degree program that offers courses in game design as well as classes in emerging technologies and data visualization. Some classes that are helpful for a career in game design and programming include introductory game design, game development, 3D for graphics storytelling and mobile application development.
Sheridan Technical Center
The Sheridan Technical Center is a public academic center. It is part of the Broward County public education system. At the Sheridan Technical Center, Miami-area students can enroll in the game design certificate program.
Certificate in Game/Simulation/Animation Visual Design
The certificate program consists of 600 hours of coursework related to video game design and developing games. Students are introduced to concepts in video game design, including game building, game design for the development of simple games, 2D and 3D animation, game engine software and mobile applications.
Florida Atlantic University
Florida Atlantic University is a public university in the city of Boca Raton, north of Miami. The College of Engineering and Computer Science and the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters offer science and fine arts programs in which students can learn about game programming.
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
The B.S. in Computer Science at Florida Atlantic University requires 120 credits for graduation. It consists of six concentration tracks. The applications concentration track is comprised of four computer science classes that are related to game design and programming. The four classes are computer animation, the processing of digital images, introductory game programming and graphical application development. Other classes students can take include software engineering principles, artificial intelligence, programming languages, cryptographic engineering, web services and cutting-edge web tech.
Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia Studies
The B.A. in Multimedia Studies is a program offered through the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters. Students can concentrate their major in one of two fields: multimedia journalism or film, video and new media. The film, video and new media concentration consists of classes covering film studies, video production and computer graphics. Two classes in the concentration that are pertinent to learning about game design and programming include the introduction to game programming and video game studies. Other classes related to game design and programming include digital video editing, 3D computer animation, interactive multimedia and digital compositing for animation.
Master of Fine Arts in Media, Technology and Entertainment
The MFA in Media, Technology and Entertainment is an interdisciplinary degree program. It synthesizes classes and resources from the College of Engineering and Computer Science and the communications and multimedia department. Graduate students can concentrate on video game development or other forms of media, such as film and television. Game design and programming classes in the MFA program include video game studies, advanced interactive design, programming for interactivity, 3D production and computer animation.