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How will your video game design education stack up?

Here is some information to help you compare your video game design education with video game design education around the nation. There are 323 traditional video game design schools in the US.

Top Schools

In 2010, the top schools in the country with video game design programs were:

  1. University of Southern California - located in Los Angeles, California
  2. Carnegie Mellon University - located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  3. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - located in Troy, New York

Student Demographics

In 2010, degrees in video game design were earned by 4,604 students in the US. Of these students, 462 graduated from certificate programs in video game design, 3,861 graduated from undergraduate programs in video game design, and 281 graduated from graduate-level programs in video game design.

Academics

Students can pursue education in video game design at the following levels:

  • Associate's Degree in Video Game Design
  • Bachelor's Degree in Video Game Design
  • Master's Degree in Video Game Design
  • Certificate in Video Game Design

Video game design students can expect to gain the following skills and/or knowledge while studying video game design:

  • Data Structures
  • Troubleshooting
  • Mathematics
  • Computer Programming
  • Assembly Language

Cost

In 2010, video game design schools around the nation charged an average tuition of $22,828 per year. The video game design schools that charged students the highest tuition rates were:

  1. Carnegie Mellon University - located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, students paid $40,920
  2. University of Southern California - located in Los Angeles, California, students paid $39,183
  3. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - located in Troy, New York, students paid $39,165

The following video game design schools had the lowest tuition rates:

  1. Fashion Institute of Technology - located in New York, New York, students paid $4,164
  2. Brigham Young University - located in Provo, Utah, students paid $4,290
  3. New Mexico State University-Main Campus - located in Las Cruces, New Mexico, students paid $4,998

Projected Growth

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of people working as a video game designer is expected to shrink by NaN% by 2018. There are projected to be 0 video game designers working in the US then. The projected growth for video game designers is expected to be the fastest in the following states:

  1. Wyoming - 0%
  2. Kentucky - 0%
  3. Texas - 0%

Salary

In the US, a video game designer earns on average $NaN per year. However, factors such as professional associations and certifications, seniority, or your exact job description can cause the salary for a video game designer to vary greatly. The states with the highest average salary for a video game designer are:

 
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So what kind of job can you get after studying
video game design?

Below you'll find various popular careers! Compare professions and see which one you find interesting!

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
1
Software Developers, Applications 499,280 $90,410
2
Computer Programmers 333,620 $74,900
3
Graphic Designers 192,240 $48,140 7.7%
4
Multimedia Artists and Animators 26,560 $63,440 11.6%