Profiles of Game Development Programs & Schools

Our 2015 list of the Top 50 Private Game Design School Programs in the US. 

For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.


11. University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, California

Established in 1880, the University of Southern California is home to 43,000 students enrolled in more than 200 undergraduate programs, 300-plus graduate programs, and more than 150 minors across 18 colleges and schools. USC Games offers four degree programs and four minors for aspiring game designers. School of Cinematic Arts degrees include a BA in Interactive Entertainment and an MFA in Interactive Media. Viterbi School of Engineering degrees include a BS in Computer Science (Games) and an MS in Computer Science with a Specialization in Game Development. Minors include Game Animation, Game Audio, Game Design, and Game Entrepreneurism.

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Our 2015 list of the Top 50 Game Design/Development School Programs in the US. For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.

11. University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, California (top 5% of schools considered)

Established in 1880, the University of Southern California is home to 43,000 students enrolled in more than 200 undergraduate programs, 300-plus graduate programs, and more than 150 minors across 18 colleges and schools. USC Games offers four degree programs and four minors for aspiring game designers through the School of Cinematic Arts and Viterbi School of Engineering. School of Cinematic Arts degrees include a BA in Interactive Entertainment and an MFA in Interactive Media. Viterbi School of Engineering degrees include a BS in Computer Science (Games) and an MS in Computer Science with a Specialization in Game Development. Minors include Game Animation, Game Audio, Game Design, and Game Entrepreneurism.

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Our 2015 list of the Top 25 Public College Game Design/Development Programs in the US. For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here. 

1. University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah

The University of Utah was founded in 1850. It is home to 31,000 students enrolled in nearly 100 undergraduate programs and more than 90 graduate programs. The school houses 17 colleges and schools and close to 100 departments. The College of Engineering and the College of Fine Arts offer the Entertainment Arts and Engineering Master Games Studio (EAE:MGS). Tracks include Arts, Engineering, Technical Arts, and Production. According to the Studio, “all students in each of the tracks have a series of common classes including Game Design, Rapid Prototyping, Pre-Production, and Final Project.” In addition, students will “develop and enhance a professional game portfolio” and they will have the opportunity to complete an internship in the game industry.

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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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News

Though it may feel like fall is fast approaching, we still have nearly two months before temperatures begin to dip and landscapes start to transform from lush green to dazzling dark reds and orange. What this means is, there’s still plenty of time left if you’re looking for a game design program to enroll in for fall or winter. We’re sure you already have a list of prospects, but after reading about the new kids on the block we’ve discovered, you might want to add a few more! 

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It’s official. Summer is here and with it comes some exciting news about game industry. First, there are now more than two billion video game players worldwide, with more than 150 million Americans playing games on a regular basis alone. And get this—the global video game market is expected to exceed a staggering $118 billion in total revenue by 2019, with China and the U.S. leading the way. In fact, the video game industry is one of America’s fastest-growing economic sectors, providing thousands of high-paying jobs to Americans and generating billions of dollars in revenue for communities across the nation.

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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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