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 a school's enrollment, tuition, graduation rate and acceptance rate, are included in a table in the following section.
- 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 Mercer County Community College, approximately 40 miles from the heart of Jersey City in West Windsor. MCCC offers an associate's degree in game design.
- Long Island University (LIU) has a bachelor's degree program in digital art and design and one in game design and development at its CW Post campus (LIU Post) in Brookville, NY, about 30 miles from downtown Jersey City.
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||Mercer County Community College||Long Island University - CW Post Campus|
|School Type||2-year, public||2-year, public||4-year, private non-profit|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||8,997*||7,630*||8,499*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Rural: fringe||Large suburb|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)||$4,995 (in-district); $8,790 (out-of-district); $8,790 (out-of-state)*||$3,900 (in-district); $5,088 (out-of-district); $7,248 (out-of-state)*||$36,978*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2016-2017)||77%*||55%*||92%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||N/A - open admissions||N/A - open admissions||83%*|
|Retention Rate (2016-2017)||56% (full-time students), 34% (part-time students)*||65% (full-time students), 43% (part-time students)*||78% (full-time students), 33% (part-time students)*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate||13% (14% transfer-out rate) for students who began Fall 2014*||20% (22% transfer-out rate) for students who began Fall 2014*||47% (40% transfer-out rate) for students who began Fall 2011*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
Essex County College
ECC was founded in 1966 and offers 74 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.
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.
Mercer County Community College
Mercer County Community College was established in 1966, with the West Windor campus opening in 1972. It offers degree and certificate programs in various areas of study, such as accounting, culinary arts, radio and technical studies.
Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Game Design
Students of this program receive most courses in a studio populated with both PCs and Macs as well as the latest software. Courses are taken in drawing, animation, digital narrative, computer art and game programming. Working in teams, students apply what they have learned in developing functional digital games. A total of 64 credits must be earned to be awarded this degree.
Long Island University - CW Post Campus
Situated on Long Island's north shore, LIU Post (named after Post cereal heiress Marjorie Post) offers more than 250 undergraduate and graduate degrees and advanced certificates. 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 120-credit hour program requires a 3.0 GPA and an ACT composite of 20 or above.
Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Digital Game Design and Development
In this program, students will take required courses in introductory game design, game visual and audio design, 3-D modeling and a history of games. Other courses can be taken in game programming, web design, digital illustration and computer graphics. Students learn in a digital games lab that features Macs with 24-inch screens, game consoles, projectors and virtual reality equipment.