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 Best Educational Institutions for Video Game Design Education

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The gaming industry has exploded in the last two decades, and it has reached a whole new pinnacle in recent years. Technological innovation has steered forward the video game industry, and this is evident from the fact that game designing has become a popular choice among fresh graduates from school. Unlike in the past, there are many opportunities for those who wish to work in the video game design industry. But, what has also changed is the competition. Today, you will have jostle your way into the industry—and your higher education qualifications will play a huge role in deciding whether you belong here or not.

Full-fledged courses on video game designing are now available in several top-notch universities across the globe. If you are aiming to leave a mark in the industry, you should strongly consider studying in high ranked universities. They will offer you expert lecturers, a strong technological foundation, and a plethora of work opportunities.

In case you are interested, you should check out the 5 universities I have mentioned in this article.

  1. University of Southern California, Los Angeles
    One of the most reputed universities in the country and the world is the University of Southern California. Always charted among the top, it is a leading destination for those who are interested in science and technology. Those who are interested in learning video game design will find a perfect environment to hone their skills as there is a rigorous emphasis on academics and research. It is home to the Viterbi School of Engineering that manages as many as 9 research centres including the Institute for Creative Technologies that houses many well-established experts from related fields. The School of Cinematic Arts operates the Interactive Media & Games Division that offers a range of degree programmes in game design and related fields.
  2. DigiPen Institute of Technology, Washington
    As the name suggests, the focus of the institute is to impart education in the field of technology—and it is quite good at what it does. The institute is known for many things but is particularly known for its degree programmes in the field of Computer Science and Design. For those interested in game design, they should check out the Department of Game Software Design and Production that provides courses on artificial intelligence, game architecture, and others. In order to make up your mind, you might want to sign up for the online classes and workshops the institute conducts from time to time.
  3. Carnegie Mellon University, Pennsylvania
    Carnegie Mellon University was established in the year 1900 and currently offers more than a hundred degree programmes. It operates the Integrative Design. Arts and Technology network that offers educational and research opportunities in 8 areas which include Animation, Special Effects, and game Design. In addition to the provision of these courses, there are research activities conducted in several centres such as the Entertainment Technology Centre and the Robotics Institute. The university regularly collaborates to offer courses such as Role Playing Games Writing Workshop, Prototyping, and Game Design. You can also find the National High School Game Academy within the campus.
  4. Rochester Institute of Technology, New York
    Ever since its establishment in the late 19th century, Rochester Institute of Technology has been actively involved in undertaking groundbreaking research in technology. It started the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences in the year 2003 which offers an array of programmes concerning computer science. In particular, its School of Interactive Games and Media curates and provides for courses in game design and has roped in globally acclaimed professors to instruct students. Moreover, the institute has constituted myriad clubs relating to gaming and allied field which furthers the involvement of students in their fields.
  5. University of Utah, Utah
    With the strength of more than 30,000 students, the University of Utah is one of the largest universities in the region. It offers hundreds of degree programmes in numerous areas and maintains the College of Engineering where you can pursue your dream of becoming a game designer. The said college has a studio by the name Entertainment Arts and Engineering Master Games Studio that trains graduates regarding the various aspects of video game design. Aside from excellent academic experience, you should expect to involve yourself in game research as the university has been involved in the development of many games.

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