Minneapolis Schools for Game Programming Training
Individuals in the Minneapolis area seeking career training in game programming may find the desired education at five schools within 20 minutes of the city center. This article explores two schools and their programs. There's also information such as each school's tuition, enrollment, graduation percentage and acceptance rates. These facts are presented in a format that makes it easy for prospective students to compare these institutions.
- Minneapolis College of Art and Design is a private 4-year school that has been praised by review sources including The Princeton Review and U.S. News and World Report. This school, not quite two miles from downtown, offers a bachelor's degree program in web and multimedia environments.
- University of Northwestern- St. Paul is a Christian college with a strong evangelical history, located about 11 miles from downtown Minneapolis. It offers a bachelor's degree in digital media arts.
Comparison of Schools
The following table offers information that could be useful to individuals who are making a decision on their education.
|Minneapolis College of Art and Design||University of Northwestern- St. Paul|
|School Type||4-year; private not-for-profit||4-year; private not-for-profit|
|Total Enrollment (2017)*||774||3,521|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large suburb|
|Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)*||$37,812||$30,794|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)*||100%||99%|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)*||59%||93%|
|Retention Rate (2016-2017)*||80% (full-time students)||83% (full-time students)|
|Graduation Rate (Students began in 2011)*||59%||62%|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
Minneapolis College of Art and Design
In 1886, the Minneapolis Society of Fine Arts founded this institution as the Minneapolis School of Fine Arts. The college was given its present name in 1970. The school currently offers 14 undergraduate bachelor's degree programs, including a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Web and Multimedia Environments. While this degree program is not specifically designed for game programmers, many of the courses available may be applicable for those pursuing a career in video game programming.
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Web and Multimedia Environments
This degree program teaches students how to combine traditional artistic media with updated technological methods to create web and digital environments in a wide variety of fields, including video game design. Students who complete this degree program will take 120 credits over the course of four years. Studio, foundation and foundation classes that teach students how to create fine art pieces make up 96 credits of the coursework. The remaining courses consist of liberal arts classes, such as writing, research and humanities. Core classes will include such topics as art installation, art and design history, virtual environments, graphic design and virtual environments. Students participate in a required internship during their junior year. The senior year culminates in a senior project.
University of Northwestern- St. Paul
Founded in 1902, University of Northwestern- St. Paul is a 4-year church-affiliated private school with over 70 fields of study and a student-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.
Bachelor of Science in Animation & Illustration
Students enrolled in this degree program will take a minimum of 125 credit hours, of which at least 40 credit hours must be in upper-level courses. Students must also complete core courses that cover topics such as drawing, design concepts, art history, story structure, figure drawing and character design. Students will also complete classes in animation, CG production, 3-D modeling and audio production. This degree program culminates in a portfolio seminar and a senior capstone project.