31. University of Texas at Dallas, Dallas, Texas (top 20% of schools considered)
The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) was established as a member of the University of Texas System in 1969. The school is home to 23,095 students enrolled in 133 academic programs across seven schools. The School of Arts and Humanities, Department of Arts and Technology (ATEC) is home to more than 1,100 students and it offers several programs for aspiring game designers. Offerings include a BA in Arts and Technology (BA ATEC), an MA in Arts and Technology (MA ATEC), an MFA in Arts and Technology (MFA ATEC), and a PhD Arts and Technology (PhD ATEC).
32. George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia (top 20% of schools considered)
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.”
33. Miami University, Oxford, Ohio (top 25% of schools considered)
Miami University was chartered in 1809 and it has campuses in Oxford, Hamilton, Middletown, West Chester, Ohio and Luxembourg, Europe. The University is home to 23,650 students enrolled in more than 200 programs across all 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.
34. Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, California (top 25% of schools considered)
Otis College of Art and Design (OTIS) was founded in 1918 by General Harrison Gray Otis—the founder and publisher of the Los Angeles Times. Home to 1,100 students, OTIS offers more than a dozen art and design programs from Advertising Design to Sculpture. Offerings for aspiring game designers include a BA in Digital Media with a Game & Entertainment Design Major and a Minor in Digital Media.
35. Laguna College of Art and Design, Laguna Beach, CA (top 25% of schools considered)
Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) was established in 1961 as the “Laguna Beach School of Art.” Home to just under 500 students, LCAD offers five undergraduate majors and three graduate programs. Programs for aspiring game designers include a BFA with an Emphasis in Game Art, 3D Character or 3D Environment. An Art of Game MFA is also on the menu.
36. Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Massachusetts (top 25% of schools considered)
Established in 1865, Worcester Polytechnic Institute is home to 5,928 students enrolled in 50 degree programs through several divisions and schools. The Division of Arts & Sciences offers several programs for aspiring game designers. Undergraduate offerings include a BS in Interactive Media & Game Development (BS IMGD) and a Minor in IMGD. Graduate offerings include an MS in IMGD.
37. Champlain College, Burlington, Vermont (top 25% of schools considered)
Founded in 1878, Champlain College is home to 2,000 students enrolled in more than 80 programs through several academic divisions and one school. The Robert P. Stiller School of Business, the Division of Communication & Creative Media, and the Division of Information Technology & Sciences offer several programs for aspiring game designers.
The School of Business offers a BS in Management of Creative Media with a Specialization in Game Production Management. The Division of Communication and Creative Media offers a BFA in Creative Media with Specializations in Game Media and Interactive Design, a BS in Game Design with an optional Specialization in Sonic Arts, and a BS in Game Art & Animation. The Division of Information Technology & Sciences offers a BS in Computer Science & Innovation with a Specialization in Mobile Application Development or Software Engineering.
38. The Art Institute of California – San Francisco, San Francisco, California (top 25% of schools considered)
The Art Institute of California-San Francisco is a member of a system of over 50 schools throughout North America called “The Art Institutes.” The Art Institutes offer programs in the areas of Creative and Applied Arts at the Associate’s, Bachelor’s, and Master’s degree levels. The Art Institute of California - San Francisco offers several programs for aspiring game designers. Options include a BS in Game Art & Design and a BS in Visual & Game Programming.
39. Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), Indianapolis, Indiana, (top 25% of schools considered)
Established in 1969, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) is home to 30,690 students enrolled in 243 degree programs across two colleges and 17 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.
40. Marist College, Poughkeepsie, New York (top 30% of schools considered)
Founded in 1929, Marist College is home to 6,365 students enrolled in 77 undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs through seven schools. Programs for aspiring game designers are offered through the School of Communication and the Arts and the School of Computer Science & Mathematics. School of Communication and Arts offerings include a BA in Media Studies and Production with a Concentration in Interactive Media & Game Design. School of Computer Science & Mathematics programs include a BS in Computer Science with a Concentration in Game Design and Programming and an MS in Computer Science - Software Development with advanced Game Design and Programming coursework.