Profiles of Game Design Programs & Schools

South

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

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EAST

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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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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West

Our 2013 list of the Top 20 Animation and Game Design Schools on the West Coast. 

For the record, we define the West Coast as California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Hawaii, and Idaho. 

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Top 10 Animation and Game Design Schools in the Southwest

Our 2013 list of the Top 10 Animation and Game Design Schools in the Southwest. We define the Southwest as Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, and Nevada.

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Top 50 Game Design and Development Schools

In preparing our inaugural list of the top schools in the US for aspiring gaming professionals, we considered over 100 schools in the US that offered programs geared towards game design and/or development. Our goal with this list is to give students access to ample information so they can make informed decisions about the schools they choose to attend and the programs they pursue. 

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Northeastern

Since the days of America’s revolutionary founding, Boston’s culture of innovation has fostered and produced some of the country’s preeminent thought-leaders. It should come as no surprise, then, that one of the city’s most beloved institutions of higher learning continues to attract top talent (both faculty and students) eager to reach new heights. Northeastern University is home to a plethora of top-ranked departments including a Game Design program that rivals any.

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Marist College, Karen Schrier, Interactive Media, MIT,

From its idyllic perch overlooking the Hudson sits Marist College, a private liberal arts school long recognized for its academic excellence. Originally founded to cultivate the Catholic Marist Brotherhood, today the college welcomes students of all faiths and backgrounds but remains committed to its founders’ humanist ideals and service to others.

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New York Film Academy

Degrees Offered: Bachelor of Fine Arts in 3D Animation, Master of Fine Arts in Game Design, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Game Design, Associate of Fine Arts in Game Design

Tuition Information :
3D Animation: $3,950 - $5,500 for short-term workshops; $15,000 per semester for Bachelor of Fine Arts program
Game Design: $10,000 - 15,000 per semester

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Academy of Interactive Entertainment

Degrees Offered:
Advanced Diploma of Professional Game Development - Game Art & Design
Advanced Diploma of Professional Game Development - Game Programming
Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media - 3D Animation & Visual F/X

Tuition Information :
2013-2014 Tuition: $16,000 for one year
2014-2015 Tuition: $16,500 for one year

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