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!
We are happy to report that the following schools have recently launched new game design programs for aspiring designers of all kinds: Loyola University New Orleans, Eastern Kentucky University, and Staffordshire University (UK).
Loyola University New Orleans – New Orleans, Louisiana
Beginning Fall 2017, Loyola students will be able to earn a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Computer Science with the option to specialize in Game Programming. Offered through the College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Mathematics, the program offers “an eclectic set of electives, including Game as Art, Media Play, Making Games, Doing Things with Videogames, Videogames and Literature, AI, and Physics,” says the school. In addition, students in the program will “work with local, regional, and international game companies to refine talents and aptitudes.”
Besides offering a unique set of game electives and the opportunity to gain real world experience, the program will cover areas such as Introduction to Programming, Computer Graphics, Data Structures & Algorithms, and Programming Languages. Students can expect to take courses such as Object-Oriented Programming, Internet Technologies, Languages and Paradigms, Discrete Math Structures, Software Engineering, Communication and Network Systems, and Applied Scientific Computing. This means, that besides preparing students for a career in game programming, graduates will have their pick of dozens of careers in the computer science/technology sector.
Chartered in 1912, Loyola University New Orleans is a private, Catholic, Jesuit comprehensive university that is open to students of all faiths. The schools is home to nearly 4,000 students enrolled in 59 undergraduate programs and 11 graduate and professional programs across five colleges including Arts and Sciences, Business, Graduate and Professional Studies, Law, and Music and Fine Arts. Loyola University New Orleans is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. SACSCOC is the highest level of accreditation available.
Eastern Kentucky University - Richmond, Kentucky
Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) is home to the Gaming Institute, which “focuses on the design, development, and publication of video games within an academic context,” says the school. EKU is also home to the state’s first bachelor’s degree focusing on game design. Now, in addition to the well-established BS in Computer Science with a concentration in Interactive Multimedia, EKU’s Gaming Institute will offer a Minor in Game Content Design beginning Fall 2017. The Institute also relaunched its game design conference, Vector :: Directions in Game Development, earlier this year.
The new Minor in Game Content Design is designed to provide a strong foundation in creating assets for games and it requires 20 credit hours of study. Courses include 3D Printing, Film Scoring, Visual Storytelling, 2D Animation, Intro to Game Design, Digital Sculpting, Screenwriting, Drawing, and Intro to Creative Writing. The program is open to students from any major.
Founded in 1906 as the Eastern Kentucky State Normal School, EKU is a regional, coeducational, public institution of higher education offering general and liberal arts programs, pre-professional and professional training in education and various other fields at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The school is home to more than 16,000 students from the U.S. and 40 foreign countries. EKU is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
Staffordshire University - Staffordshire, England, UK
If you’d rather plan an eSports event than participate in one, Staffordshire University offers an innovative program that can help get you in the game. The school offers an eSports Bachelor of Arts (BA) (Hons) that takes just three years to complete, full-time. Brand new for September 2018, the program focuses on the business side of eSports, and it is being taught at one of the largest and best game universities in the UK. Staffordshire University routinely ranks in the top tier of game design schools around the world and it hosted the largest Global Games Jam in Europe in 2015, with 300 students making games within 48 hours.
Per the school, students will learn how to “host small and large scale events for single player and multi-player teams, create business plans to develop teams, create online communities and promote your events through digital marketing.” Students will also have the opportunity to “explore the culture of eSports, its audience and fan base, and different game genres that make up the most popular in current times.” Sample courses include Esports Events Management (Internal Single Player Event), Esports Cultures, Streaming Techniques and Layouts, Competitive Gaming, Event Marketing, Business for Esports, Games Community Management, Coaching and Mentoring, Legal Issues in ESports, Casting and Hosting, Technical Set Ups, and PR for Esports.
The Esports BA program at Staffordshire University is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).
Founded in 1914, Staffordshire University is a “friendly university with a global edge.” The school, which serves 24,300 students from around the world, is divided into six academic departments (schools) including the Schools of Business, Leadership and Economics, Computing and Digital Technologies, Creative Arts and Engineering, Health and Social Care, Law, Policing and Forensics, and Life Sciences and Education. More than 200 programs are offered at all degree levels.