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Our 2019 ranking of the top game design school programs in Idaho. For an explanation of the ranking criteria, click here.
1. University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho
Founded in 1889, the University of Idaho serves around 11,840 students enrolled in 93 undergraduate majors 62 graduate majors. Programs are offered through 10 colleges across the Boise, Coeur d'Alene, Moscow, and Idaho Falls campuses. The College of Art and Architecture offers a BS in Virtual Technology and Design that may be completed at the Moscow campus or online.
Per the school, “as a student in this industry-driven program, you will learn to create virtual technologies for gaming, animated films, simulations, business and education, and other applications.” Students will study art and design, computer science, 3D modeling, animation, world building, storytelling, character design, spatial design, four-dimensional design, and more.
“Design studios and hands-on projects provide opportunities to practice building virtual worlds for real clients.” For example, students in the program could help build second-life environments for education and health care, liquid scenery for student plays, interactive virtual realities for first-responder training, and animated films for a university festival.” Other program highlights include internship and study abroad opportunities.
Graduates of the Virtual Technology and Design Program at University of Idaho are prepared to seek positions such as Game Designer, World Builder (entertainment, non-entertainment, education, simulation), Animator, Game Level Designer, and Visualization Specialist.