New Jersey is home to 66 Title IV degree-granting institutions. A school must meet five requirements to become a Title IV school, which makes them eligible for federal financial aid programs. They must (1) have accreditation recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, (2) sign a participation agreement with the Department, (3) grant an associate's degree or higher, (4) offer a program of at least 300 clock hours in length, and (5) be in business for a minimum of two years.
Many New Jersey Title IV's offer a wide variety of competitive programs for artists and designers. Among New Jersey’s best schools for artists and designers, we found two that offer programs for aspiring game designers and developers. One is on the expensive side, while the other is quite affordable, if you are a New Jersey resident.
Continue reading to find out which New Jersey schools offer game design and development programs and how much you can expect to pay.
Most Expensive to Least Expensive New Jersey Game Design & Development Schools
Bloomfield College, Bloomfield – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate $27,800; Graduate $2,480 per course for the 2015-2016 school year.
The College of New Jersey, Ewing – Tuition Cost: Undergraduate residents $10,562, nonresidents $21,175; Graduate residents $12,114 (9 credit hours per semester), $19,154 nonresidents for the 2014 – 2015 school year.
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New Jersey Game Design & Development Scene
The Bureau of Labor Statistics does not provide employment and salary information for game designers and developers. The Bureau does report salaries for software developers. According to the Bureau, the U.S. is home to more than 1 million software developers, averaging $90,060 to $99,000 per year. The lowest 10 percent earn less than $55,190, and the top 10 percent earn more than $138,880. New Jersey’s 46,970 software developers average $100,830 to $113,620 per year.
Several other sources offer salary information for game designers and developers based on user reports and surveys. According to Indeed.com, New Jersey game designers average around $111,000 per year. According to Gamasutra’s latest Game Developer Salary Survey (2014), game developers nationwide averaged $83,060 in 2013. It is important to note that salaries for Game designers and developers vary based on location (city), company, experience, employer, and more. The top five largest cities in New Jersey are Newark, Jersey City, Paterson, Elizabeth, and Edison.
Employment opportunities for game designers and developers are available in these cities and many others across the state. In addition, many New Jersey-based game designers can make short commute to New York for even more opportunities. Just a few options between the two states include:
- 1st Playable Productions, Troy, NY
- Arkadium, NYC
- Atari, NYC
- Avalanche Studios, NYC
- Gameloft, NYC
- Kuma Reality Games, NYC
- Majesco Entertainment, Edison, NJ
- N-Fusion Interactive, Manalapan, NJ
- Rockstar Games, NYC
- Slingo, Inc., Hackensack, NJ
- Take Two Interactive, NYC
- Vicarious Visions (a Studio of Activision Blizzard), Menands, NY
- Vogster Entertainment, Saddle Brook, NJ
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