If you haven’t heard yet, a hefty number of schools have begun offering game design degrees at all levels. And guess what? Many are available 100% online or in hybrid format, and all are accepting applications right now.
We are pleased to announce that Kendall College of Art and Design at Ferris State University, Lindenwood University, Long Island University, and Regent University now offer programs leading to a BA, BFA, BS or MA in Game Design, Computer Science, Digital Design and more. Here you go.
Kendall College of Art and Design at Ferris State University (KCAD) – Grand Rapids, Michigan
Last fall, Kendall College of Art and Design at Ferris State University (KCAD) launched a Digital Art and Design BFA program that converted its former Digital Media major into a broader program with two distinct focus areas including Entertainment Arts and Multimedia Design.
Four new courses also were developed for the program including Digital 3D Design, Digital Character Drawing, 2D Character Design, and Interaction Design. Other courses for game designers include 3D Game Art, Imaging for Game, Animation & Film, 3D Motion Design, and Animation & Motion Graphics.
The first half of the program’s curriculum blends the two focus areas together, reports the Grand Rapids Business Journal (GRBJ), and explores the intersection of graphic design, interaction design, animation, illustration, digital 3D and sound design. The second half gives students the opportunity to delve into the area that best aligns with their skills and interests. Each focus area culminates in two professional studio courses in which students work collaboratively with each other as well as with outside organizations in real-world learning experiences.
KCAD said, “although several of its other programs have digital components, such as graphic design, industrial design and interior design, this is the college’s first exclusively digital-focused degree program.” Students can apply to the new program online until 11:59 p.m. on the Wednesday prior to the start of any given semester.
Founded in 1928, Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University prepares students for careers in the visual arts, design, art history, and art education. The school serves more than 1,000 students from Michigan, 17 other states, and six countries. KCAD offers around 25 programs of study leading to a BFA, BS, MA, MFA or graduate certificate. As part of Ferris State University, Kendall College of Art and Design is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).
Lindenwood University – St. Charles, Missouri
Lindenwood University’s School of Arts, Media, and Communications has launched new courses in the growing fields of game design and digital content strategy. The game design classes are designed to prepare students for work in a game studio environment and will cover game testing, rapid and paper prototyping, level design, character design, and game engines. Students will have the opportunity to work in teams to create full playable games. Along with the new courses, the school plans to bring in game developers working in the field to assist and mentor students. The new classes will be available online or in a hybrid online-classroom format. Degree options include a BA and a Minor in Game Design.
About Lindenwood University
Founded in 1827, Lindenwood University offers 131 degree programs to approximately 10,000 students a year. With campuses in St. Charles, Missouri (main) and Belleville, Illinois, Lindenwood consists of seven academic schools including the School of Accelerated Degree Programs, the School of Arts, Media, and Communications, the School of education, the School of Humanities, the School of Health Sciences, and the School of Sciences. Lindenwood University has been continuously accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) since 1921.
Long Island University, Post – Brookville, New York
Just a few years ago, Long Island University, Post (LIU Post) launched a new BFA in Digital Game Design and Development. The program now has a BFA + MA option that can be completed at an accelerated pace in just five years. Key features of the program include game industry expert faculty, a new state-of-the-art, high-tech digital games lab featuring computers, projectors, TV screens, modern game consoles, and a variety of the latest software, and a collaborative environment modeled after real-world game studios that teaches the art of teamwork while students master game development expertise.
Experiential learning opportunities that offer access to internships in nearby New York City at renowned game studios such as Rockstar Games, Avalanche Studios, Arkadium, Dots, and Gameloft are also available as well as access to the on-campus LIU Post Student Innovation Incubator, which is a physical and virtual workspace for students to launch startup businesses and collaborate with successful entrepreneurs.
A minor in Digital Game Design and Development is also available for students in other majors who would like to expand their career options into this competitive industry.
Founded in 1926, Long Island University LIU is one of the nation’s largest private universities. The school offers more than 500 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degree programs to more than 20,000 students each year across multiple campuses in Brookeville, Brooklyn, Hudson, Riverhead, and Brentwood. LIU is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).
Regent University – Virginia Beach, Virginia
Regent University has launched a BS in Computer Science that prepares students for a career in video game programming and digital arts, software development and engineering, web development, and many others. Per the school, students will gain “expert technology and programming knowledge” as they “acquire key industry certifications.” Offered through the College of Arts & Sciences (CAS), the 120 credit hour program features courses such as Programming, Mobile & Smart Computing, Art & Culture, Parallel and Distributive Programming, and Data Structures & Algorithms. The BS in Computer Science can be completed entirely online.
About Regent University
Founded in 1978, Regent University consists of seven schools and two colleges. The school serves more than 6,000 students earning associates, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees at the Virginia Beach campus and via online learning. With eight academic schools, Regent University offers 128 areas of study from Arts and Communication to STEM. Regent University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).