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Our 2017 rankings of the Top 10 schools for game design in the Southwest US. 

We define the Southwest as Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, and Nevada.

For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.

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Our 2017 rankings of the Top 10 game design schools and colleges in the Midwest. 

We define the Midwest as Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, South Dakota, and North Dakota. 

For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.

1. DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois 

The College of Computing and Digital Media CDM at DePaul University houses three schools—the School of Design (SoD), the School of Cinematic Arts (SCA), and the School of Computing (SoC). CDM SoD and SoC offer several programs for aspiring game designers. SoD options include a BS in Game Design, MFA in Game Design, and Minors in Game Design and Game Programming. SoC offers BS and MS degrees in Game Programming and Minors in Game Design and Game Programming. The Minors are jointly offered by CDM SoD and SoC. 

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Our 2017 rankings of the top game design programs on the East Coast. 

We define the East Coast as Virginia, Rhode Island, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.

1. Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York 

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 list of the Top 25 Private Game Design School Programs in the US. For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.

1. University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California (top 1% of schools considered) 

Established in 1880, University of Southern California (USC) is home to 44,000 students enrolled in over 500 degree programs across 18 colleges and schools. Program options for aspiring game designers are available through 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 in conjunction with the School of Cinematic Arts. 

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Our 2017 list of the Top 25 public Game Design School Programs in the US. For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.

1. University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah (top 2% of schools considered) 

University of Utah (The U) was founded in 1850. The school is home more than 31,000 students enrolled in close to 200 academic programs. The U houses 17 colleges and schools, and nearly 100 departments. The College of Engineering and the College of Fine Arts manage the Entertainment Arts and Engineering Master Games Studio (EAE:MGS). 

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Have you ever wondered why animators who live in California or New York earn more than those in say, Florida or Arizona do? Demand, competition, cost of living, and industry are just few reasons. Though salaries vary by state, animators are doing very well nationwide. The mean annual wage for multimedia artists and animators was $72,200 in May 2016. In 2012, the mean was $69,560. The lowest 10 percent of animators earned less than $38,520 in 2016, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $115,960. 

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So you want to be an animation director, huh? Well, congratulations! You’ve chosen one of the coolest careers in the entertainment industry, and we’re not just talking about the creative part. Animation is a growing industry with expected employment growth of six percent for the 2014-2024 decade. Add “director” to the title and growth increases to nine percent over the same decade. This is faster than average for all occupations. 

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The Netherlands is home to one of the most progressive cities in the world—Amsterdam. The capital city has a population of more than 813,000, with close to 1.6 million living in the greater metropolitan area. This city, with its live-and-let-live attitude, attracts more than 5 million visitors each year who travel here to enjoy gorgeous scenery (Amsterdam’s parks and canals are world-famous), historic sites such as the Van Gogh Museum and Anne Frank House, cool coffee shops and restaurants, and upscale shopping. Other major cities such as Rotterdam, The Hague, and Utrecht have their fair share of attractions as well. 

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Our eighth seasonal contest received almost one hundred submissions with more creativity and high quality animations than we’ve ever seen before in a single season! Every season keeps getting better and better. Thanks to everyone who participated for making this contest a success. Below you will find our 2017 Film Parody/Tribute Short Animation Contest winners.

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From the Outback to the Great Barrier Reef, Australia is home to incredible natural wonders and striking landscapes that attract millions of visitors each year. In fact, a record 7.8 million visitors traveled to Australia in 2015/16 alone. With a resident population of more than 24.4 million, Australia isn’t just about spectacular scenery either.

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