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Game Programming Degrees in Pomona, CA with Course Overviews

The Pomona, California, area has more than five schools that offer game programming education. To make an informed education decision, learn about the courses and program requirements at three of these universities located within 35 miles of downtown.

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Pomona Game Programming Schools

Passionate gamers can find several undergraduate and graduate game programming degree programs in the Pomona region. To get a more in-depth idea of what education in this field involves, read an overview of the required coursework in three schools' programs. A table of statistics on the profiled universities is provided as well as some details on a few other college options in the area.

  • Situated about 17 miles from downtown Pomona, California State University - Fullerton (CSU-F) is a public university in nearby Orange County that offers computer science bachelor's and master's degree programs. The former includes the option to follow a multimedia and digital game track which includes game programming coursework.
  • Students can also attend Chapman University, which offers a minor in game development programming. The campus is roughly 24 miles from central Pomona.
  • About 34 miles away in Los Angeles, the University of Southern California (USC) features bachelor's and master's programs in interactive entertainment that include courses related to game programming.

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Comparison of Schools

Use the table below to further explore the profiled school options in the Pomona area. It has info on undergraduate costs, financial aid, acceptance rates and more that could help you determine which institution best fits your needs.

California State University - Fullerton Chapman University University of Southern California
School Type 4-year; public 4-year; private not-for-profit 4-year; private not-for-profit
Total Enrollment (2014) 38,128* 8,132* 42,453*
Campus Setting Large suburb Midsize city Large city
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016) $6,437 in-state; $17,597 out-of-state* $47,260* $50,277*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2013-2014) 67%* 89%* 65%*
Acceptance Rate (2014) 44%* 47%* 18%*
Retention Rate for First-Time Students (2013-2014) 89% full-time* 91% full-time* 97% full-time*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate for Students Beginning in Fall 2008 56%* 74%* 91%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

California State University - Fullerton

In 2016, U.S. News & World Report ranked CSU-F 7th among top public schools in the Western region. Its computer science department features a bachelor's degree program in computer science with a concentration in gaming. Students can also join the school's Video Game Design Club, which holds events and offers projects for avid gamers and students studying game design.

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Computer Science program features a multimedia and digital game track, which consists of 5 courses in graphic design, animation and game programming. An introductory course in game design and production covers a variety of topics and trends, such as game building tools, the design process and ways to produce a video game. There is also a co-requisite class in computer graphics. After completing these first 2 classes, students explore game programming, which introduces them to 2D techniques and multimedia tools for video games. They also work on a solo or team project to create a video game.

Master of Science in Computer Science

Although there is no designated game programming concentration, computer science graduate students can enroll in game programming courses. Like undergraduate students, they must complete introductory courses before proceeding to more complex topics. In advanced programming, they'll learn skills in 3D development, simulation and rendering, while advanced graphics covers shading techniques, game texture, parametric representation and 3D reflective models.

Chapman University

Chapman University is a private, Christian school located in the city of Orange, about a half hour from Pomona. It provides several academic disciplines in which students can learn about game programming, digital arts and computer science.

Minor in Game Development Programming

The minor in game development programming is an interdisciplinary program offered through Chapman's Schmid College of Science and Technology and the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts. Courses include computer science and visual programming, as well as an introduction to the gaming industry that covers gaming history, the development of video games and the production cycle of games. Another course in game development explores programming skills for 2D and 3D games. Digital arts, computer science or computer information systems are recommended majors for students with this minor.

University of Southern California (USC)

USC's School of Cinematic Arts offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in interactive media/entertainment. Its Game Innovation Lab allows students to research, design and test games within a laboratory environment.

Bachelor of Arts in Interactive Entertainment

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Interactive Entertainment is a liberal arts program that synthesizes technical courses in game design with courses in the social sciences and humanities. Courses in cinema technique and cinematic communication are required. Cinema technique explores game design through directing, production and editing tools, while in cinema communication, students film digital movies that express their creative side. Other classes include introductory and intermediate game development, game usability testing and a game design workshop. Upper-level studies must include a course in game theory analysis, game anatomy or character development and storytelling, as well as a game industry workshop, advanced-level game project or class on experimental games.

Master of Fine Arts in Interactive Media

The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Interactive Media is a graduate program that deals with computer-based entertainment technology. The program includes several undergraduate and graduate-level gaming courses. Topics include interface design, sound design, business management, computer graphics and design of online multiplayer environments.

Other Schools

Located about 28 miles from Pomona, the University of California - Riverside offers several game programming courses through its computer science department, as well as a summer certificate program in video game design. Located around 35 miles from Pomona, California State University - San Bernardino features a game development option within its BA in Computer Science and Engineering program.

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