14. Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
Miami University was chartered in 1809. Home to nearly 24,000, the school has campuses in Oxford, Hamilton, Middletown, West Chester, Ohio and Luxembourg, Europe. Academic offerings include more than 200 programs across 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 and they also have the opportunity to design their own advanced track.
15. Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Indiana,
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) was established in 1969 and it is home to 30,488 students enrolled in more than 250 degree programs across 19 schools. Several programs are available for aspiring game designers through the School of Informatics and Computing (SOAC). 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.
16. Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Michigan
Founded in 1884 as the Big Rapids Industrial School, Ferris State University is home to more than 14,000 students enrolled at its main campus in Big Rapids, Ferris’ Kendall College of Art and Design (KCAD), and 21 off-campus sites across Michigan. The school, which offers more than 180 majors, houses the College of Education and Human Sciences-School of Digital Media. Program offerings for aspiring game designers include a BAS in Digital Animation & Game Design (BAS DAGD) and a BFA in Digital Media.
The technology intensive BAS DAGD is a multidisciplinary program and covers 3D Animation, Programming, Design, and Business. The Digital Media BFA program gives students the opportunity to develop a portfolio in 3D Game Art, Digital Imaging (Production Art and User Interface Design for Games, Animation and Film), and Interactive Design (Design and Motion Graphics for Game, Mobile Device, Web and Advertising Interfaces).
17. University of Wisconsin – Stout, Menomonie, Wisconsin
Established in 1891, the University of Wisconsin – Stout is home to 9,535 students enrolled in 119 majors and minors through eight colleges and schools. The College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and the School of Art & Design offer several programs for aspiring game designers. The Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science of the College of STEM offers a BS in Game Design and Development.
The School of Art & Design-Department of Design offers BFA degrees in Game Design and Development - Art and Entertainment Design. An MFA in Design is also on the menu. MFA students may study Game Design, Interactive Media, or Entertainment Design.
18. Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
Established in 1804, Ohio University is home to 40,025 students enrolled in more than 250 programs across 11 colleges. The Scripps College of Communications-School of Media Arts and Studies offers an intensive program for aspiring game designers (and animators). The Games and Animation program focuses on Games Production and Design, Computer Animation, and Digital Effects. The program also covers Leadership in Games and Animation and Management, and it leads to a BS in Communication with an Emphasis in Games and Animation.
19. Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
Purdue University was established in 1869. It is home to 39,409 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 available.
20. Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan
Eastern Michigan University (EMU) was established in 1849 as Michigan State Normal School. When it opened, the school provided instruction in Teaching, Mechanic Arts, Husbandry, Agricultural Chemistry, and the Laws of the United States. Today EMU serves 23,000 students enrolled in more than 300 majors, minors and concentrations through the University's Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, Health and Human Services, Technology, and the Graduate School.
The College of Technology-School of Visual and Built Environments (SVBE) is home to the Simulation, Animation and Gaming program or “SAG.” The program leads to a BS with a Focus in Simulation, Animation, and Gaming. According to the school, the degree is a multidisciplinary area of study, combining traditional art mediums, creative writing, and story development with coursework focusing on modeling, rigging, animation, lighting, and camera work in 3D.
21. Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
Founded in 1820, Indiana University (IU) Bloomington is the flagship campus of IU’s eight campuses statewide. Home to 110,436 students, IU is one of the largest universities in the U.S. Indianapolis is the school’s other main campus, and regional campuses are located in Fort Wayne, Gary, Kokomo, New Albany, Richmond, and South Bend. The Bloomington campus is home to 46,416 students enrolled in more than 180 majors, 330 degree programs, and more than 190 master’s, doctoral, and professional degree programs through more than a dozen colleges and schools.
The College of Arts and Sciences is home to The Media School, Department of Telecommunications. The Department offers several programs for aspiring game designers. Offerings include a BS in Game Design, an MA and PhD in Media Arts and Sciences, and a Certificate in New Media & Interactive Storytelling. The MA and PhD programs allow students to study Games, Visual Storytelling, and other areas.
22. George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia
Founded in 1957 as University of Virginia George Mason College, George Mason University (GMU) is Virginia’s largest public research university. The school is home to more than 34,000 students enrolled in 208 degree programs through 12 colleges and schools. The College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) is home to the Computer Game Design program. Offerings include a BFA and MA in Computer Game Design. The programs offer the opportunity to intern with studios such as Catlilli Games and Little Arms Studios. Some internships are paid positions, such as a recent opportunity to work as a Game Writer.
George Mason University is also home to the Virginia Serious Game Institute (VSGI @Mason). It is the only U.S. Serious Game Institute (in partnership with the University of Coventry U.K.), “that concentrates on game-related applied research and new innovative game company cultivation,” according to the school. 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.”
23. Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York
Stony Brook University was founded in 1957 as a college for the preparation of secondary school teachers of mathematics and science. The first campus was located in Oyster Bay, Long Island. Today, the school is located in Stony Brook and it has an annual population of 28,000 students enrolled in 68 undergraduate majors and 82 minors and more than 100 master’s programs, 40 doctoral programs and 30 graduate certificate programs across 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 offers several programs for aspiring game designers including BS and MS degrees, and a combined BS/MS in Computer Science (CSE) with a Specialization in Game Programming.
According to the school, the Game Programming Specialization “prepares students for a career as either a professional game developer or researcher. Game graphics and multiplayer network programming techniques are stressed. The specialization also emphasizes original game development, game design methodology, and team projects and presentations.” A CSE Minor is also on the menu.
24. Edinboro University, Edinboro, Pennsylvania
Founded in 1857, Edinboro University is home to 6,550 students from 42 countries, 49 states, and 66 Pennsylvania counties. The school offers 139 bachelor’s and master’s degree programs, 10 associate degree programs, and 10 certificate programs across four colleges and schools. With a population of 2,228 students, the College of Science and Health Professions is the largest college at Edinboro. It houses the Mathematics and Computer Science Department, which offers a BS in Computer Science with a Game and Virtual World Development Track.
According to the school, the Track is “designed around national curriculum models and national employment trends. Within the framework of general education courses and courses in computer science, mathematics, physics and art, this degree will prepare the students for a variety of positions in the game development field, including game programmers, game developers and engineers, modeling and simulation development. Additionally, the program is designed to provide the appropriate background for further study in the computer science field and to develop the skills and attitudes necessary to become responsible employees and citizens.” A Computer Science Minor is also available.
25. University of Maryland – Baltimore County, Baltimore, Maryland
The University of Maryland – Baltimore County (UMBC) is the doctoral research institution for the greater Baltimore region. Established in 1963, the school opened its doors to its first freshman class in September 1966. Today, the school is home to 13,839 students enrolled in 55 majors, 35 minors, and 24 certificate programs through seven colleges and schools. UMBC’s Graduate School offers 41 master’s degree programs, 24 doctoral degree programs and 24 graduate certificate programs.
The College of Engineering and Information Technology at UMBC houses the Computer Science and Electrical Engineering Department (CSEE). The Department offers several programs for aspiring game designers. Options include 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 a Concentration in Animation and Interactive Media. 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. Students in the club build several games each year, and organize the UMBC GAIM annual Digital Entertainment Conference.