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

Nov 19, 2018

There are several 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 70 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 about 70 miles 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 State Community College is in Picqua, OH, and has an associate's degree program in interactive technology programming and design. The campus is about 29 miles from downtown Dayton.
  • Miami University is in Oxford, about 49 miles from Dayton, and offers a bachelor's degree program in interactive media studies. The university also has a graduate certificate program in interactive media studies.
  • About 72 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.

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 State Community College Miami University - Oxford University of Cincinnati - Blue Ash College
School Type 2-year; public 4-year; public 4-year, primarily associate's; public
Total Enrollment (2017) 3,261* 19,700* 4,779*
Campus Setting Fringe, rural Fringe, town Large suburb
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $4,219 in-state
$7,828 out-of-state*
$14,958, in-state;
$34,211, out-of-state*
$6,010, in-state;
$14,808, out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 68%* 78%* 89%*
Acceptance Rate (2016-2017) N/A - open admission policy 68%* N/A - open admission policy
Retention Rate (2016-2017) 57% for full-time students* 91% for full-time students* N/A
Undergraduate Graduation Rate 24% (for those who began their studies in fall 2014)* 79% (for those who began their studies in fall 2011)* 23% (for those who began their studies in fall 2011)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

Edison State Community College

An associate's degree program in interactive technology programming and design is offered through Edison Community College's computer information technology department.

Associate of Applied Business in Interactive Technology Programming and Design

In this 61-64 credit associate's degree program, 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, programming and computer graphics.

Miami University - Oxford

Miami University is a 4-year public college located in Oxford, about 49 miles from 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. 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 (Digital Art and Design, Digital Game Studies)

The interdisciplinary major in interactive media studies offers advanced tracks in digital art and design and digital 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 as part of 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 at least two 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. Students who wish to transfer to a bachelor's degree program may want to also complete a 30-credit minor, making this a 3-year program.

Other School Options

Another program for video game career training is available within about 75 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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