What is the top Kansas game design program for 2024?

Top Kansas Game Design Schools and Colleges - 2024 College Rankings
1Wichita State UniversityWichita

Our 2024 ranking of the top game design school programs in Kansas. For an explanation of the ranking criteria, click here.

1. Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas
Wichita State University

Wichita State University (WSU) has two paths to study game design. Within the College of Fine Arts is the School of Digital Arts, which has a Media Arts Bachelor of Applied Arts (BAA) program with a Game Design concentration, and a Game Design Certificate that can be added to the Computer Science (CS) BS. The CS BS is housed in the School of Engineering—a division of the College of Engineering. 

Students in the 120 credit hour BAA program will work and learn in Shocker Studios—a state-of-the-art professional production space that houses classrooms, computer labs, and film, recording, motion capture, and design studios. The concentration consists of 54 credit hours with courses such as Game Design I-III; Computer Modeling; Game Technology and Coding I-II; Clay Modeling; Props and Character Design; Scriptwriting; Storyboarding; Digital Animation I-II; Scriptwriting; and Rigging. 

The Game Design certificate at Wichita State University consists of Game Design I; Game Technology and Coding I; Computer Modeling; and Game Design Concepts. Students can choose Game Design II or Game Technology and Coding II to develop advanced skills in either area. Other course options include Introduction to Life Drawing; Digital Animation I; and Figure Drawing for Animators. 

Wichita State University houses the largest cooperative education and internship program in the State of Kansas. Through the program, known as Shocker Career Accelerator, BAA and other WSU degree-seeking students can secure a paid position that will allow them to obtain work experience while earning college credit. 

After graduation, WSU alumni can participate in workshops, attend career fairs, and meet with job counselors to do mock interviews and assist with their job search. Graduates of the Media Arts and Game Design programs at Wichita State University are prepared to pursue positions in all areas of game design and entertainment. 

Founded in 1895, Wichita State University is one of six state universities governed by the Kansas Board of Regents. With its affiliate, WSU TECH, Wichita State serves approximately 23,200 students enrolled in more than 200 areas of study across nine colleges and schools. Wichita State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).