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Our 2017 rankings of the top 5 gaming programs in Pennsylvania. For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.

1. Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Founded in 1900 and home nearly 14,000 students, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) houses more than 100 centers and institutes. CMU students have access to over 100 programs across seven colleges and schools. In collaboration with the School of Computer Science-Computer Science Department, the College of Fine Arts-Integrative Design, Arts and Technology Network (IDeATe) offers a Bachelor of Computer Science and Arts (BCSA) with a Concentration in Game Design. IDeATe Collaborative Studios include Game Engine Programming offered by the Robotics Institute, Research Issues in Game Development offered by the Entertainment Technology Center (ETC) at CMU, and Programming for Game Designers—also offered by the ETC. An IDeATe Minor is also available.

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Our 2017 rankings of the top 5 gaming school programs in Michigan. For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.

1.  Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan 

Founded in 1855 and home to more than 50,000 students, Michigan State University (MSU)  offers more than 200 programs across 17 degree-granting colleges. The College of Communication Arts and Sciences houses the Media and Information (MI) Department—home of the game design program. Undergraduate degree options include BA and BS degrees in Media and Information with a Game Design and Development Specialization, a BS in Computer Science with a Game Design and Development Specialization, and a BA or BFA in Studio Art with a Game Design and Development Specialization.   

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Our 2017 rankings of the top 5 gaming programs in Massachusetts. For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.

1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts 

Founded 1861 and home to 11,376 students, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) offers more than 100 programs across five schools.  The school also houses the MIT Game Lab, the MIT Education Arcade, and the Singapore-MIT GAMBIT Game Lab. Together, the labs provide the opportunity to study, design, and develop games as a supplement to several degree programs. Programs lead to a BS in Comparative Media Studies (CMS) with a Games and Interactive Media “Cluster” or an MS with a Specialization in Games. 

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Our 2017 rankings of the top 5 gaming programs in Texas. For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.

1. University of Texas - Austin, Austin, Texas

Founded in 1883 and home to more than 50,000 students, the University of Texas - Austin (UT Austin) offers a unique game design program through a collaboration between the College of Fine Arts (CoFA), the Computer Science Department (CS), the Radio-Television-Film Department (RTF), and the Center for Arts and Entertainment Technologies (CAET). The interdisciplinary program is known as “Game and Mobile Media Applications” or “GAMMA.” 

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Our 2017 rankings of the top 5 gaming programs in Ohio. For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.

1. The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio 

Established in 1870 and home to more than 66,000 students, The Ohio State University (OSU) houses the College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Art. The Department offers an interdisciplinary three-year MFA in Art, a four-year BFA program in Art with an Emphasis in Art and Technology, and an MFA in Digital Animation and Interactive Media. The Art and Technology program focuses on Game Art, Video Art, Participatory Design, Art History, and Art Criticism. 

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Our 2017 rankings of the top 5 gaming programs in New York. For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.

1. Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York 

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) dates back to 1885. The school is home to more than 18,600 students majoring in everything from 3D Digital Design to Web and Mobile Computing. The B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences (GCCIS) at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) has several programs for aspiring game designers. Options include BS and MS degrees in Game Design and Development, and a BS in New Media Interactive Development. The Game Design and Development program emphasizes game programming and cooperative education (co-op). These full-time paid work experiences provide students with an opportunity to learn on the job in real-world industry settings. 

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Our 2017 rankings of the top 5 gaming school programs in California. For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.

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Pixar has been churning out blockbuster animated films for decades. I mean, who could forget Toy Story (1995)—the first fully computer-animated movie? This joint venture between Disney and Pixar went on to gross more than $373 million at the box office. For a first, and it being the 90’s and all, this is nothing short of amazing. Add the Toy Story sequels, and the figure jumps to a staggering $1.9 billion—and counting. It’s no wonder Disney snapped up Pixar in 2006 for a cool $7.4 billion. 

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A list of our 2017 Game Design School Rankings:

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Animation instructors at top schools have at least two things in common. They are passionate about animation and all are accomplished artists in the field. Many of these artist-educators began their journey just as their students did—in an undergraduate animation or related program. Just about every top program will provide the opportunity to complete an internship, where students have the chance to gain real world experience. This will become a valuable asset when comes to securing a position in the industry. Common jobs in animation include animator, stop motion animator, 3D modeler, flash animator, compositing artist, storyboard artist, render wrangler, texture artist, and art director. 

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