11. George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia
George Mason University was founded in 1957. It is home to 33,723 students enrolled in 208 degree programs through 11 colleges and schools. The College of Visual and Performing Arts is home to the Computer Game Design program. Offerings include a BFA and MA in Computer Game Design. George Mason University is also home to the Virginia Serious Game Institute (VSGI @Mason). According to the Institute, VSGI’s mission is to “support translational applied-research in the areas of Simulation, Modeling, and Game Design, rapid prototype development, high-value knowledge job creation, and regional economic development through start-up incubation, spin out company formation, licensing, and commercialization.”
12. Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
Miami University was chartered in 1809. It is home to 23,650 students enrolled in more than 200 programs through several campuses, seven colleges and schools, and the European Center in Luxembourg. The College of Creative Arts and the Armstrong Institute for Interactive Media Studies (AIMS) offer several programs for aspiring game designers.
The College of Creative Arts offers an MFA in Experience Design (XD:MFA). The program is collaboratively offered by Interactive Media Studies (IMS) and Graphic Design. AIMS offers a BA in IMS with game-related Tracks in Game Design, Game Development, Game Studies, Interactive Business, and Art and Interaction. AIMS also offers a Co-major in IMS with Game Design, Game Development, Game Studies, Interactive Business, and Art and Interaction Tracks, a Graduate Certificate in IMS, and a Minor in IMS. All students will have the opportunity to study at the AIMS/Entrepreneurship Institute’s Digital Innovation Center in San Francisco.
13. Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), Indianapolis, Indiana
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) was established in 1969. It home to 30,690 students enrolled in 243 degree programs through two colleges and 17 schools. The School of Informatics and Computing (SOAC) offers several programs for aspiring game designers. Offerings include a BS in Media Arts and Science with a Specialization in Game Design and Development and a five-year BS+MS in Media Arts and Science with a Specialization in Human-Computer Interaction.
14. Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York
Stony Brook University was founded in 1957 and it is part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system. The school is home to 16,234 undergraduates enrolled in more than 200 majors, minors, and combined degree programs through 13 colleges and schools. The College of Engineering & Applied Sciences is home the Department of Computer Science. Established in 1969, the Department of Computer Science is the largest unit of the College of Engineering & Applied Sciences. The Department also offers several programs for aspiring game designers including BS, MS, and a combined BS/MS in Computer Science (CSE) with a Specialization in Game Programming. A CSE Minor is also on the menu.
15. Edinboro University, Edinboro, Pennsylvania
Edinboro University was established in 1857. It is home to 6,837 students enrolled 135 degree programs through five colleges and schools. The College of Science and Health Professions, Mathematics and Computer Science Department offers a BS in Computer Science with a Concentration in Game and Virtual World Development.
16. University of Maryland – Baltimore County, Baltimore, Maryland
The University of Maryland – Baltimore County (UMBC) was founded in 1963. It is home to 13,979 students enrolled in 54 majors, 32 minors, and 23 certificate programs through seven colleges and schools. The College of Engineering and Information Technology houses the Computer Science and Electrical Engineering Department (CSEE). The Department offers a BS in Computer Science with a Game Development Track, a combined BS/MS in Computer Science, and a Minor in Computer Science.
The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Visual Arts Department also offers a program for aspiring game designers. The UMBC Games, Animation and Interactive Media (GAIM) site lists the Concentration in Animation/Interactive Media as an option. The program leads a BA or BFA in Visual Arts. In addition to offering a variety of game design programs, UMBC is the Baltimore host site for the Global Game Jam and it has an active Game Development Club.
17. University of Wisconsin – Stout, Menomonie, Wisconsin
The University of Wisconsin – Stout was established in 1891 as Stout Manual Training School. It is home to 9,371 students enrolled in 119 majors and minors through eight colleges and schools. Several colleges and schools offer programs for aspiring game designers. The College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science offers a BS in Game Design and Development.
The School of Art & Design, Department of Design offers BFA degrees in Game Design & Development Art and Entertainment Design. An MFA in Design is on the menu as well. The MFA program allows students to study Game Design, Interactive Media, or Entertainment Design.
18. Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
Ohio University was established in 1804. It home to 38,857 students enrolled in more than 250 programs through 11 colleges. The Scripps College of Communications, School of Media Arts and Studies offers a Games and Animation program that focuses on Games Production and Design, Computer Animation, and Digital Effects. The program, which leads to a BS in Communication with an Emphasis in Games and Animation, also covers Leadership in Games and Animation as well as Management.
19. Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
Purdue University was established in 1869. It is home to 38,788 students enrolled in more than 200 majors across 10 academic colleges and schools. The College of Technology, Department of Computer Graphics Technology offers several programs for aspiring game designers. Offerings include a BS with Specializations in Game Studies and Computer Graphics Technology, an MS in Computer Graphics Technology, and a PhD in Technology. A 5-Year BS/MS in Computer Graphics Technology is also on the menu.