Game design & development is one of the fastest growing career fields in the U.S. In fact, the U.S. is now the number one video game market in the world. The game design industry as a whole is expected to generate $68 billion in business in 2012, and the industry employed well over 200,000 game designers in 2010. This figure is expected to increase by three to six percent between now and 2020. Video game designers & developers also earn some of the highest salaries in the U.S., with an average of $80,000 a year. Some designers & developers can earn up to six figures per year.
Stability, growth, and unlimited earnings—these benefits mean a lot for aspiring game designers & developers. However, there’s always catch! To make it in this field, you must be prepared. A bit of creativity and training at a mediocre college won’t cut it. Fortunately, many of the nation’s colleges and universities have taken notice and now offer some of the best training programs on the planet.
In the state of Colorado, one school offers a program for game designers & developers that is considered one of the best. The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs offers small class sizes, a wide variety of program offerings, excellent graduation and retention rates, and easy access to a number of financial aid programs to fit all income levels. The University of Colorado is also very selective, so bring your A game.
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs offers a B. I. (Bachelor of Innovation™) in Game Design and Development, and a Masters of Engineering with a Focus in Media Convergence and Games & Media Integration. If you’re interested in a career in game art & design, Colorado is also home to one of the best art schools in the nation—Rocky Mountain College of Design (RMCAD). RMCAD offers a B. F. A. in Game Art, Animation, Illustration, and 3D Animation (online only).
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