What is the top game design program in Kansas for 2021?

Top Kansas Game Design Schools - 2021 College Rankings
1Wichita State UniversityWichita

Our 2021 ranking of the top game design school program in Kansas. For an explanation of the ranking criteria, click here.

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

Wichita State University (WSU) was founded in 1895. One of six state universities governed by the Kansas Board of Regents, the school serves around 16,000 students with access to co-ops and internships at more than 450 employers. Students have the opportunity to work with a company in their area of interest, where they can build a resume, earn academic credit, and even a paycheck.

WSU offers more than 200 areas of study in six academic colleges. The College of Fine Arts houses the School of Digital Art, which offers a Bachelor of Applied Arts (BAA) in Media Arts and a 15 credit hour Game Design Certificate that teaches everything from computer modeling to coding. Both programs offer access to the schools “technology-rich” 35,000 sq. ft. production facility known as Shocker Studios, where students can create games among peers, faculty, and industry professionals.

The space includes recording studios, a virtual reality studio, film studios, a motion capture studio, computer labs, design studios, and general classrooms.

The BAA program is a mix of video game design, filmmaking, and recording. The program offers a Concentration in Game Design that teaches students “how to work with a team to design characters, levels and storylines,” says the school.  “Courses cover everything from the history of motion, sound and gaming to audio recording, figure drawing, animation, clay modeling, prop and character design, and advanced game design.”

Course highlights for this 120 credit hour program include 2D Design, Clay Modeling, Computer Modeling, Digital Animation, Game Design Concepts, Game Technology and Coding, Props and Character Design, Rigging, and Scriptwriting.

BAA Concentration in Game Design students are required to complete an applied learning or research experience to graduate from the program.