Taking the dive into the video game industry as an outsider can  be an intimidating task. That’s why choosing the right game development and design degree and school is imperative to getting your game development career off to the right start.

Below we have listed out top 5 game development degree schools and relevant programs.

1. Algoma University

The Algoma University Computer Science program has a long and rich history of focusing on video game development for it’s students.

Although it has a strong focus on computer science, the game development specialization will mean your degree can be used for both traditional computer science jobs while also giving you the edge in your hunt for a starting job in the video games industry.

During the Algoma Computer science program learners will get in depth resources on video game design and development including plot, music and graphics. It’s no wonder its students have the edge against other Computer Science graduates.

2. University of Southern California

The University of Southern California is world renowned for its video game development programs, as indicated by it’s top spot on the Princeton Review list of top 50 game design undergrad degrees.

With four dedicated video gaming degree programs its easy to see why so many students choose The University of California over alternatives.

These include:

  • Master of Science
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Master of Fine Arts

Students can expect to receive tutoring from professionals already directly involved in the gaming industry to help gain connections for finding work after graduation.

3. DigiPen Institute of Technology

DigiPen is famous for having vocal support from gaming super giant Nintendo. It offers a whopping five dedicated gaming specialization degrees.

These include:

  • Master of Science
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • Master of Fine Arts

As with other top gaming education institutions, students can expect to receive hands on tuition from active professionals in the gaming industry.

4. Rochester Institute of Technology

Although offering only two programs, this hasn’t stopped the Rochester Institute of Technology from receiving world class recognition as a leader in the game development and design space.

Courses include:

  • Master of Science
  • Bachelor of Science

Another plus of Rochester is its place as the host of the Global Game Jam which is a hackathon for aspiring game developers that has received world wide attention over the years.

5. New York University

Last but not least, the New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts offers a number of specialist game design degrees focused more on the concept art and design aspect compared to some other degrees.

These include:

  • Master of Fine Arts
  • Minor in Game Design
  • Bachelors of Fine Arts

If you are an aspiring artist looking to create your own worlds without the need for any technical development or other knowledge, New York University’s gaming options may be your top pick due to their intense specialization on the artistic side of game design.

Conclusion

Although the hundreds of incredibly options out there as well as online learning material can make the choice of where to learn game development or design overwhelming, it’s clear a few institutions stand head and shoulders above the rest.

After all, you have nothing to lose from applying to as many colleges as possible. One might as well aim high, and if you are rejected do not take it personally – with the explosion of the video game industry worldwide there are sure to be more opportunities to come your way!

Bonus: Be sure to checkout our guide to the best gaming laptops under $500 for ideas on the top laptops to use for your gaming degree!

 

Brian Goodman

By Brian Goodman

Brian is a hobbyist game developer and game enthusiast who started writing for Bits 'n Bytes in 2020. He has over 20 years under the belt as a heavyweight gamer and enjoys writing about the games he is passionate about.

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