Oklahoma Schools with Game Programming Degrees
Students wishing to create and program video games can find several schools in the Oklahoma City area with degree programs related to game programming. This article looks at three schools within 35 minutes of downtown and the programs they offer. A table of facts about each school, such as tuition, enrollment and the graduation rates, is included. At the end of the article are the names of two other schools in the area with relevant programs.
- Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center is about 14 miles east of Oklahoma City in Choctaw and has a career training program in 3D game design.
- Oklahoma State University - Oklahoma City offers an associate's degree program in computer information systems with an emphasis in game programming. This school is about six miles from downtown Oklahoma City.
- Oklahoma Christian University, about 13 miles away in Edmond, has a bachelor's degree program in computer science that emphasizes gaming and animation.
Comparison of Schools
The following table offers information about each school that can help prospective students decide which is their best choice.
|Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center||Oklahoma State University - Oklahoma City||Oklahoma Christian University|
|School Type||<2-year; public||4-year; public||4-year; private not-for-profit|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||508*||5,839*||2,458*|
|Campus Setting||Fringe, rural||Large city||Large city|
|Tuition & Fees||$1,860 (2018-2019)**||$3,836 in-state; $10,574, out-of-state (2017-2018)*||$21,670 (2017-2018)*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2017)||72%*||76%*||100%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||N/A - open admission policy||N/A - open admission policy||63%*|
|Retention Rate (2017)||66% for full-time students; 57% for part-time students*||N/A*||78% for full-time students; 67% for part-time students*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate||55% (for those who began their studies in 2014)*||7%; 30% transfer-out rate (for those who began their studies in 2011)*||54%; 17% transfer-out rate (for those who began their studies in 2011)*|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center
Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center
Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center (EOC) provides career training for high school students and adults and has a program in 3D game design. EOC also offers a training program for Web designers and development specialists, which includes classes Web authoring that may be a helpful tool for game developers.
3D Design Career Program
This 930-hour career training program teaches learners about animation, storytelling and game mechanics. Graduates are prepared for careers as game animation artists, game modelers and game designers. Some specific classes include 3D modeling, 3D rigging, game level design and game scripting.
Oklahoma State University - Oklahoma City
This branch campus of Oklahoma State University, located in the state's capital of Oklahoma City, offers associate's degree programs through the business technologies division. The computer information systems program focuses on game programming, but the university also offers a graphic design degree program that highlights the artistic side of game development.
Associate in Applied Science in Information Systems and Technologies with an Emphasis in Computer Game Programming
This 2-year program helps to advance a student's programming and multimedia skills for developing games. During the 63-credit program, students take classes in character development, level design, database design, systems security and systems analysis. Students can also elect programming courses in Visual Basic, Java, C++ and C#.
Oklahoma Christian University
Oklahoma Christian University is a private school located about 14 miles north of Oklahoma City in Edmond, and it has bachelor's degree programs useful for those interested in game programming careers. The university offers a computer science B.S. that emphasizes game programming and animation, but the school also has a fine arts degree program in gaming and animation. The fine arts degree involves less programming and focuses on creative and graphic design of video games.
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with an Emphasis in Gaming and Animation
The B.S. degree in computer science teaches students how to develop games using various programming applications. Some computer science courses include object-oriented programming, assembly language, computer simulation, computer graphics and artificial intelligence. Students are also required to take such classes as digital 3D modeling and team game production.
Other School Options
Situated in Oklahoma City is the Francis Tuttle Technology Center, which has a 3D animation and visual effects program. Students learn animation and art design skills, which are useful for a career in game design and development.