Currently, there are four colleges in Kansas that offer degree and certificate programs in game design or relevant areas, such as 3-D interactive technology or production. The latter two programs also can lead to careers in game design or development, according to the schools that offer them. The curriculum of both certificate and associate's degree programs may include capstones and other practical courses to practice game design skills. Students may participate in field trips or programming contests. Admissions requires basic computer literacy and strong knowledge of English and algebra. Below are brief overviews of these schools' programs, as well as a comparison table illustrating the program options and tuition info.
Allen Community College
Iola is home to Allen Community College. The student-faculty ratio in 2014 was 20:1, and the school population was 2,628. Students can earn a Production Media Certificate or an Associate of Applied Science in Production Media. The certificate program requires 24 credits, and it includes courses in Flash, Dreamweaver, graphic design, and Photoshop.
Students in the degree program take 60 credits, including classes in topics such as computer graphics fundamentals, computer-programming basics, visual basics, and the fundamentals of Web design. They're also required to take general electives. Graduates can seek careers in game development or continue their education. The school has transfer agreements with several area colleges.
Butler Community College
Founded in 1927, Butler Community College is located in El Dorado. The student population in 2014 was 9,003. The school awards a certificate and an associate's degree in interactive 3-D technology. Students in both programs take courses in areas like 3-D computer animation, 3-D world building, scripting, game graphics, and game programming. The degree program also requires general studies courses and a class in 3-D modeling and CAD. Program graduates can seek careers as video game designers.
Johnson County Community College
Overland Park is home to Johnson County Community College. In 2014, the student population was 19,429, and the student to faculty ratio was 20:1. Students in the game development program have the opportunity to attain an Associate of Applied Science degree in game development. Students in the associate's program take 69-70 credits of general studies and game design-related courses. Some of the many classes offered include object-oriented programming, animation concept art, character animation, and game artificial intelligence. Once a student earns this degree, he or she can seek a career as a tool builder, interface programmer, quality assurance tester, or collision detection developer.
Located in Winfield, Southwestern College was founded in 1885. The college features 20 buildings on an 82-acre campus. The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Digital Arts program with an emphasis in computer game development requires a minimum of 124 credit hours to complete. Within the game development emphasis, students can further focus their studies on game/level design, image and sound design, or software design. Some of the emphasis area courses include multimedia authoring for CD-ROM, digital sound, modeling and animation, graphic design, and programming.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Game Design Programs Offered||Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Allen Community College||2-year, public; remote town|| Production Media Certificate,
Associate of Applied Science in Production Media
|Butler Community College||2-year, public; distant town|| Interactive 3-D Technology Certificate,
Associate in Applied Science in Interactive 3-D Technology
| $3,180 (in-district),
|Johnson County Community College||2-year, public; midsized city||Associate of Applied Science in Game Development|| $2,790 (in-district),
|Southwestern College||4-year, private not-for-profit; distant town||Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Digital Arts with an emphasis in computer game development||$30,150*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.