Students interested in game design training in New Hampshire can find associate and bachelor's degree programs in the field in addition to a master's degree option. Some programs are in larger-scope majors with a concentration or specialization directly related to game design. At least one baccalaureate and one master's degree are offered exclusively online, while other programs may offer online courses and hybrid options. Students may be required to complete senior projects or develop a professional portfolio are part of their curriculum. Minors in game design are also available. Below are overviews of four public and two private schools in the state that offer game design and development programs, along with a table outlining degrees and tuition details.
Hanover's Dartmouth College offers a bachelor's degree in film and media studies that includes a course in game design. The students enrolled in this course develop game ideas, create prototypes and document plans. Animation courses are also offered through the film department and computer science department. Pursuing the undergraduate degree in film and media studies includes courses such as film history, videomaking and screenwriting. Undergraduates must complete a senior project involving film theory or production.
Great Bay Community College
Students at Great Bay Community College in Portsmouth can pursue an Associate of Science in Digital Media Communications with courses in game programming and animation. Undergraduates take a variety of programming courses along with game design and development, graphic design, 3D animation and Adobe Flash. Program participants receive help in building and presenting a professional portfolio. Additionally, the university offers flexible scheduling with distance education opportunities and weekend/evening courses.
Lakes Region Community College
Lakes Region Community College, located in Laconia, has an associate degree in gaming and animation development. Students receive training in game programming, software requirements, multimedia and mobile application development. Programming with C++ and DirectX is also covered. Some courses require the design and creation of one or more games, and a senior capstone project is mandatory for graduation.
NHTI - Concord's Community College
NHTI - Concord's Community College in Concord offers an associate degree in animation and game programming. Courses include drawing, math and physics for game designers, digital art modeling and animation, 3-D application development and emerging game design technologies. Students learn basic programming languages such as C++, Java and Actionscript as well as tools like Adobe Flash and DirectX. Creation of a web-based portfolio and capstone project is built into the program. After earning the associate degree, students can either pursue entry-level programming positions or transfer to four-year schools.
Plymouth State University
In addition to a major of their choosing, undergraduates at Plymouth State University in Plymouth can complete a minor in digital media design and development. This 15-16 credit-hour program trains students in game design and development, the science of animation programming, media effects, video art production and digital imagination. Participants have opportunities to create and evaluate digital media projects. In addition to its academic programs, the university offers study abroad trips and on-campus day care facilities for children.
Southern New Hampshire University
Manchester's Southern New Hampshire University has three options for aspiring game designers: a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Science (BS) or Master of Science (MS) in game development. Available courses for the BA program include design for interactive virtual environments, digital games, 3D modeling and animation, artificial intelligence, world mythology, screenwriting, software development, database management and cognitive psychology. A Bachelor of Science in Game Programming and Development is only available in an online format from SNHU, but the on-campus BS degree program in computer information technology can be paired with a game art and development minor.
The 36-credit-hour master's degree program for information technology offers advanced courses in information and operating systems, team management, computer simulation and application development. The standard master's for information technology is available on campus, but an online master's in IT is available with a game design and development concentration.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Game Design Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Dartmouth College||4-year; private, not-for-profit; remote town||Bachelor of Arts in Film and Media Studies||$55,453*|
|Great Bay Community College||2-year; public; small suburb||Associate of Science in Digital Media Communication|| $7,680 (in-state),
|Lakes Region Community College||2-year; public; distant town||Associate of Science in Computer Technologies with a Software Developer/Gaming and Animation concentration|| $7,168 (in-state),
|NHTI - Concord's Community College||2-year; public; town (fringe)||Associate of Science in Animation and Graphic Game Programming|| $7,680 (in-state),
|Plymouth State University||4-year; public; remote town||Digital Media Design and Development minor|| $14,099 (in-state),
|Southern New Hampshire University||4-year; private, not-for-profit; midsize city|| Bachelor of Arts in Game Art and Development,
Bachelor of Science in Game Programming and Development (online only),
Minor in Game Art and Development
Master of Science in Information Technology: Game Design and Development (online only)
| $31,136 (undergraduate)*
Source: *NCES College Navigator