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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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Although the entertainment and media industries in Sweden are not growing as fast as the industries in the U.S., growth is quite steady. A recent PwC report showed that the compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for the entertainment and media industries overall in Sweden is 3.1 percent for the 2014-2019 period. This is promising news for the industry as a whole, but guess what? The animation and gaming industries are already thriving! This is especially true in the happiest city in the world—Stockholm. 

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Long gone are the days when unknown actors were the voice behind animated characters. These days, big budget productions routinely recruit the most prominent names in the industry—and boy do they command big bucks!

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Our 2017 rankings of the Top 10 game design schools on the West Coast. We define the West Coast as California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, and Hawaii. For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.

1. University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California 

University of Southern California (USC) offers game design program through the Viterbi School of Engineering, Department of Computer Science and the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences, Interactive Media & Games Division. Dornsife programs are offered in conjunction with the School of Cinematic Arts. 

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Our 2017 rankings of the top 10 game design schools in the South. We define the South as Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas. For an explanation of our ranking criteria, click here.

1. University of Central Florida + Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy, Orlando, Florida

University of Central Florida is home to one of the largest game design schools in the region. The Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy (FIEA) is UCF’s graduate video game design school. The Academy opened its doors to “a select group of future game developers and creators” in August of 2005. Today, FIEA is home to dozens of students enrolled in the MS in Interactive Entertainment program with three Tracks. 

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Though there will always be more undergraduate programs in animation than graduate options, advanced degree programs in this growing industry are becoming more common. Some of the most prominent programs include UCLA Animation Workshop, the MFA in Studio at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), the MA and MFA in Animation at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), the MFA in Animation at DePaul University, the Film and Animation MFA at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), and University of Southern California’s (USC) MFA in Animation and Digital Arts. 

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