University of Denver (DU) - Program Info, Interviews, and Rankings

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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 2016 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.

1. University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah 

The University of Utah (The U) is home more than 31,000 students from across the U.S. and around the world.  Founded in 1850, the school offers 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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UC Denver’s Digital Animation Center

It isn’t every university that offers state-of-the-art, industry leading tools and a motion capture studio for its animation undergraduates. Nor is it customary to find a program that culminates in a high quality short film made entirely for and by students. Training students in the art of animation, the University of Colorado Denver’s Digital Animation Center pushes the bounds of what is offered and expected of its students. Home to an elite group of undergraduates and a veteran ensemble of faculty, the rigorous BFA curriculum prepares graduates for the wide possibilities that await them.

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