Profiles of Game Animation, Game Art, Game Design/Development, Game Management, & Game Production Programs & Schools

School and program profiles in fields related to game animation, game art, game design/development, game management, & game production

Our 2014 rankings of the top programs on the East Coast for game design and development.

We define the East Coast as Virginia, Rhode Island, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. 

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Our 2014 list of the Top 75 Game Design/Development School Programs in the US. For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.

1. University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
The University of Southern California (USC) is home to USC Games. Created by the School of Cinematic Arts’ (SCA) Interactive Media & Games Division in collaboration with the Viterbi School of Engineering’s Department of Computer Science, USC Games offers several renowned graduate level game design programs and several undergraduate programs. Options include an MFA in Interactive Media, an MS in Computer Science with a Specialization in Game Development, a BA in Interactive Entertainment, and a BS in Computer Science (Games).

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Our 2014 rankings of the Top 20 schools on the West Coast for game design and development. 

We define the West Coast as California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Hawaii, and Idaho. 

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Our 2014 rankings of the Top 15 game design and development programs in the Midwest.

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

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Our 2014 rankings of the Top 15 schools for game design and development in the Southwest US. 

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

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Our 2014 rankings of the top game design and development schools in the South. 

We define the South as Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas.

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Ohio

Ohio is the nation’s seventh largest state. Thanks to a population of more than 11.5 million, Ohio’s sizable collection of colleges is the sixth largest in the U.S. The state’s 215 Title IV degree-granting institutions vary from traditional universities to art and design schools to technical colleges. Although different, Ohio’s Title IV schools have several things in common. They have (1) accreditation recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, (2) offer a program of at least 300 clock hours in length, (3) have signed a participation agreement with the Department, (4) grant an associate's degree or higher, and (5) they have been in business for at least two years. All Title IV schools must meet these requirements in order to be eligible for Title IV financial aid programs. 

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Utah

Utah is home to the nation's top school for game designers & developers. In fact, the Princeton Review named University of Utah’s Entertainment Arts & Engineering (EAE) Program the top video game school in the nation, with the graduate program coming in at number one in the U.S. and the undergraduate program coming in at number two. The state is home to 40 other excellent schools as well, and many of them also offer exceptional programs for aspiring game designers and developers.

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New York

According to the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), New York is home to 304 Title IV degree-granting institutions. A Title IV school has accreditation recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, it has signed a participation agreement with the Department, it has been in business for at least two years, and it offers an associate's degree or higher. A Title IV school also offers a program of at least 300 clock hours in length. Once a school meets these requirements, it becomes eligible for federal financial aid programs, which makes them more accessible to students with financial need.

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Florida

Florida home to 223 Title IV degree-granting institutions. A Title IV school is eligible for Title IV federal financial-aid programs, which makes them more accessible to students with financial need. A school must meet five requirements before obtaining Title IV status. They must grant an associate's degree or higher, offer a program of at least 300 clock hours in length, have accreditation recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, sign a participation agreement with the Department, and they must be in business for at least two years.

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