Schools Near Jersey City with Game Design Programs
The Jersey City area has several educational opportunities for budding game designers through various degree and certificate programs. This article looks at three schools that are within a 55-minute drive of downtown Jersey City and the relevant programs they offer. Information that a prospective student needs, such as enrollment, tuition, graduation rate and acceptance rate, are included in a table at the end of this article.
- Essex County College (ECC) offers an associate's degree in new media technology that includes game design courses. This school is in Newark, about nine miles from Jersey City.
- Another option is Bramson ORT College, approximately 13 miles from the heart of Jersey City with campuses in Queens and Brooklyn. Bramson offers an associate's degree and certificate in game design along with an associate's degree in computer information systems with a concentration in game design.
- Long Island University (LIU). LIU has a bachelor's degree in digital art and design and a master's degree in game design and development at its CW Post campus (LIU Post) in Brookville, NY, about 30 miles from downtown Jersey City.
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Comparison of Schools
The following table offers information that can be useful to individuals who are deciding on a college. It offers important facts about each school in a way that makes it easy to compare them.
|Essex County College||Bramson ORT College||Long Island University - CW Post Campus|
|School Type||2-year, public||2-year, private non-profit||4-year, private non-profit|
|Total Enrollment (2014)||11,468*||641*||9,486*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large city||Large suburb|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)||$4,213 (in-district); $7,358 (out-of-district); $7,358 (out-of-state)*||$11,330*||$35,546*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2013-2014)||80%*||100%*||94%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2014)||N/A - open admissions||N/A - open admissions||83%*|
|Retention Rate (2014)||58% (full-time students), 40% (part-time students)*||48% (full-time students), 50% (part-time students)*||75% (full-time students), 67% (part-time students)*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (2014)||8% (13% transfer-out rate)*||34% (12% transfer-out rate)*||41% (46% transfer-out rate)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
Essex County College
ECC was founded in 1966 and offers about 70 programs of study leading to a degree or certificate. The school is organized into eight divisions, including the humanities division, which administers the new media technology program. In 2012, there were 64 students enrolled in this program.
Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) in New Media Technology
ECC defines 'new media' as web and mobile device animation, DVD and CD creation, audio and visual editing, interface design and game design. The A.A.S. program is designed to teach students the fundamentals in these areas to prepare them to enter the workforce. Students learn about computer art and graphics, animation, filmmaking, game design and applications, web design, photography and TV production, among other topics.
Graduates will be familiar with the hardware and software used in new media projects and use this knowledge to create original animations, games, DVDs, CDs and websites. Admission to the program is open to students who have a high school diploma or GED or who are 18 years old or older.
Bramson ORT College
Bramson is a technical college offering degrees and certificates in fields including business, technology and healthcare. Its computer technology programs include training in computer sales, information systems, programming, computer operations and game design. Both the Queens and Brooklyn campuses offer the game design programs featured below.
Certificate in Game Design and Programming
This 30-credit hour certificate program focuses on teaching students the basics of game design. Students take introductory courses in computer logic and programming (including C++) while learning the fundamentals of game software engineering and game engines. Students then use that knowledge to create their own game, complete with a story line, an object, rules and instructions. Students can showcase these finished projects in a portfolio that future employers can peruse.
Associate in Applied Science in Game Design and Programming
Students in this program are exposed to a variety of technical and creative subjects important to landing a job in the game design industry. Requiring 63 credits, this program includes an introduction to programming logic, game design software engineering, game engine architecture, Direct3D applications and artificial intelligence development. Many courses include labs, during which students have the opportunity to work on independent projects suitable for building a portfolio. The program is open to high school graduates and requires no previous programming experience.
Associate in Applied Science in Computer Information Systems With Game Design Concentration
This program might be beneficial to students who seek a general grounding in information systems, like networks, databases and web pages, and who wish to learn some basic game design engineering. Students learn principles of computer programming, logic and design and operating system concepts. A class in UNIX is also available. The game design curriculum includes courses in game programming and software engineering. Students can also enroll in a number of elective courses like C++ or JAVA programming, web animation and presentation graphics. The degree program takes 63 credit hours to complete, and the credits are generally transferable to a 4-year program.
Long Island University - CW Post Campus
Situated on Long Island's north shore, LIU Post (named after Post cereal heiress Marjorie Post) offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in about 260 majors. The university's School of Visual and Performing Arts administers 27 programs, including the game design programs.
Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Digital Art and Design
The B.F.A. program seeks to teach students the historical aspects of art, design and aesthetics so they can adapt and apply those principles in a modern digital environment. Students explore digital imaging and illustration, 3D modeling, animation, game creation and desktop video, among other topics. The program includes an internship and a portfolio development course. Admission to the 129-credit hour program requires a 3.0 GPA and an ACT composite of 20 or above.
Master of Arts in Digital Game Design and Development
Students complete a core curriculum that covers game design and development, audio and visual design, systems engineering and project management. The program allows students to choose an area of emphasis among game programming, visual design or game design. Large-scale team projects are featured throughout the program. In addition to technical and aesthetic aspects of game development, students learn some practicalities of the business, such as grant writing and venture capital acquisition. Applicants should have a bachelor's degree in game design or a related major, such as theater, English or film.