Video Game Design Career Training in Dayton, OH with School Info

There are 4 schools in the Dayton, OH, area that offer training in video game design. To find out which one is right for you, read an overview of the program options and requirements at 3 of the colleges located within about 45 miles of the city's center.

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Dayton Video Game Design Schools

Students planning on video game design careers might be interested in studying interactive media, multimedia and computer simulation. In Dayton, OH, no school offers programs in the field; however, this article highlights training options available within roughly an hour of the city's downtown area. Get details on the areas of focus and required coursework in 3 colleges' programs, and then take a glance at the table of school stats. Also included is some information on a fourth education option in the vicinity.

  • Edison Community College is in Picqua, OH, and has an associate's degree program in computer information technology with a concentration related to video game design. The campus is about 30 miles from downtown Dayton.
  • Miami University is in Oxford, about 45 miles from Dayton, and was scheduled to offer a bachelor's degree program in interactive media studies beginning in Spring 2013. The university also has a graduate certificate program in interactive media studies.
  • About 44 miles from Dayton is the University of Cincinnati - Blue Ash College, which has interactive Web multimedia certificate and electronic media technology associate's degree programs.

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Comparison of Schools

If you're looking for more info about the featured schools, check out the table below. It offers an easy way to compare the institutions in areas like campus setting, tuition and graduation numbers.

Edison Community College Miami University - Oxford University of Cincinnati - Blue Ash College
School Type 4-year, primarily associate's; public 4-year; public 4-year, primarily associate's; public
Total Enrollment (2014) 3,042* 18,620* 5,024*
Campus Setting Fringe, rural Distant town Large suburb
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016) $4,219 in-state
$7,828 out-of-state*
$14,287, in-state;
$30,987, out-of-state*
$6,746, in-state;
$15,544, out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Aid (2013-2014) 87%* 78%* 84%*
Acceptance Rate (2012-2013) N/A - open admission policy 66%* N/A - open admission policy
Retention Rate (2013-2014) 54% for full-time students* 90% for full-time students* N/A
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (2014) 16%* 79%* 21%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

Edison Community College

An associate's degree program with a concentration in computer games, simulation programming and design is offered through Edison Community College's computer information technology department.

Associate of Applied Business in Computer Information Technology (Computer Games, Simulation Programming and Design)

In this 64-credit associate's degree program with a concentration, students learn skills important for careers in game development and interactive design. In addition to taking courses in business, marketing and communication, program participants learn about 3D modeling and programming, Python, C++ and Java. In the final semester, students can choose to complete a capstone project or an internship.

Miami University - Oxford

Miami University is a 4-year public college located in Oxford, 45 miles southwest of Dayton. The university's Armstrong Institute for Interactive Media Studies (AIMS) offers programs for video game design careers, including a bachelor's degree program and a graduate certificate program. The bachelor's degree program was set to begin in the Spring 2013 semester. A bachelor's degree in software engineering is available for those interested in video game programming and development.

Bachelor of Arts in Interactive Media Studies (Game Design, Game Development, Game Studies)

The interdisciplinary major in interactive media studies offers advanced tracks in game design, game development and game studies. The foundation courses for the major include information studies, digital rhetoric, design principles and Web interaction programming. Some of the advanced track courses geared toward video game design include games and learning, programming, 3D animation, game prototyping and digital narrative technology. Students must also complete an internship, senior project and capstone course during the program. AIMS also offers a minor in digital game studies for those not majoring in interactive media studies.

Graduate Certificate in Interactive Media Studies

The 16-credit graduate certificate program in interactive media studies is intended for those working in digital media who want to develop leadership skills. Students learn about real-life applications to interactive media during most courses. Some of the foundation classes include social media marketing, digital branding and interactive business communication. Other elective courses could include 3D visualization and simulation, game prototyping and production, game studies and user experience. A practicum is required during the last semester of the program. This graduate certificate is also available fully online.

University of Cincinnati - Blue Ash College

The University of Cincinnati - Blue Ash College is a branch of the University of Cincinnati (UC) system. The college offers programs that prepare students for careers in artistic game design, game development, 3D modeling and 3D animation.

Certificate in Interactive Web Multimedia

This 1-year certificate program can be completed alone or alongside an associate's degree program. Students learn skills important for video game designers, such as animation, storyboarding, narrative development, motion graphics and Flash design. A studio practicum is required during the final semester of the program.

Associate of Applied Science in Electronic Media Technology

The Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) program in electronic media technology takes 2-3 years to complete and trains students for careers in educational media development, multimedia production and digital imaging industries. Some of the required classes include video and audio production, Flash design and preproduction planning, while students can choose electives in animation, 3D modeling, 3D lighting and media scriptwriting. Students must complete a studio project and have the opportunity to complete an internship to gain real-life experience. UC - Blue Ash has an articulation agreement with UC, so that those who complete this A.A.S. program can transfer to the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) program offered at the main UC campus.

Other School Options

Another program for video game career training is available within 50 miles of Dayton. The main campus of the University of Cincinnati offers BFA and Master of Fine Arts programs in electronic art. These involve coursework in animation, game art, programming, interactive design and sound design.

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