What are the top Missouri game design programs for 2023?

Top Missouri Game Design Schools - 2023 College Rankings
1Drury UniversitySpringfield
2Webster UniversitySt. Louis

Our 2023 ranking of the top game design school programs in Missouri. For an explanation of the ranking criteria, click here.

1. Drury University, Springfield, Missouri
Drury University

The School of Natural & Mathematical Sciences at Drury University houses the Department of Mathematics & Computer Science. Within the Department is a Computer Science BS Program with a Game Development Major. Consisting of 58 credit hours of coursework, the Game Development Major highlights courses such as Algorithms, Game Development, Computer Animation, Multimedia Storytelling, Applications Development, Software Engineering, Introduction to Machine Learning, Advanced Rigging & Dynamics, Computer Systems, and Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Other Game Development highlights include internship opportunities, semester study abroad experiences, and participation in the Drury Indie Game Studio—an organization that allows aspiring indie developers to collaborate, network and create games, while developing specific skills that can prepare them careers in the professional world of gaming.

Graduates of the Computer Science-Game Development BS Program at Drury University are prepared to seek careers in game development or pursue graduate study in computer science or related digital media program.

Drury University was established in 1873 as Drury College. The school was one of the first in the state to offer evening and continuing education classes to non-traditional students. Drury serves approximately 4,000 students enrolled in more than 100 programs across eight colleges and schools. Drury University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

2. Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri
Webster University

The School of Communications at Webster University houses the Department of Media Arts—home to the Game Design Program. Leading to a Games and Game Design BA or a Minor, the program prepares students for careers in games for entertainment, serious games, simulation, and virtual reality.

The Games and Game Design BA requires 45 credit hours in the major, with an additional nine elective credits, which allows students to create a focus area and take courses such as Computer Programming, Interactive Media, Film, Television & Video Production, Mobile Technology, Interface Design, and Crowdfunding. Course and elective examples for the program include Analog Game Design, Graphics and Effects, Game Art, World Design, Game Studies, 3D Animation and Rigging, Visual Storytelling, Video Game Design, Visual Design for Interactive Media, Storyboarding, Narrative Design, 3D Modeling, Video Game Production, Computer Programming, and Professional Development for Media Careers.

Games and Game Design BA students will have the opportunity to complete an internship worth three credits or GAME: Senior Overview, also worth three credits. Students will work in teams throughout the program to complete several game design projects. All Webster Games BA students will complete the Capstone course, which consists of the production of a professional game. In addition to the game, students will graduate from the Games and Game Design BA Program with a polished portfolio of their best work.

Graduates of the Games and Game Design BA Program at Webster University have been hired at Riot Games, Activision Blizzard, and Insomniac Games. Recent graduates also work for FedEx (team-building games design), Pixel Press (mobile games), Lost Light Games (competitive survival games/mobile), and Another Reality Studio (AR and VR apps).

Webster University was founded in 1915 as Loretto College by the Sisters of Loretto. When it opened, the school became the first senior Catholic college for women in Missouri and one of the first Catholic women’s colleges west of the Mississippi River. Today, Webster serves a population of more than 10,000 students from 138 countries. The school offers 160+ programs across five colleges and schools. Webster University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).