Computer and Video Game Degree Programs Continue to Grow at Colleges and Universities Across the U.S.

A Record 300 Institutions Offer Degrees in Game Design, Development and Programming

WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 300 American colleges, universities, art and trade schools will offer degrees in video game design, development, programming and art during the 2010-11 academic year, according to new research from the Entertainment Software Association (ESA). The degrees offered at 300 institutions represent an almost 20 percent increase over 2009-10.  

The growing number of educational programs comes as no surprise to Rich Taylor, senior vice president for communications and industry affairs at the ESA, which represents computer and video game publishers. "The steady increase in higher education programs is an important indicator about the expanding role computer and video games play in today's world," said Mr. Taylor. "While computer and video games have been a source of entertainment for decades, our society is increasingly recognizing the broader uses of games and their positive impact. Whether it is in healthcare, education, business or government, schools across the country see the value of games and are training their students to meet the demand."

Prospective students interested in game design and development careers now have far greater options than their predecessors. During the 2008-09 academic year, 220 schools offered such programs and more than 250 programs were available during 2009-10. This year's record-setting list includes new programs such as the Game Design and Digital Studies Program at Dartmouth College, Gaming Certificate Program at Arizona State University's Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering, and Digital Animation and Interactive Media at Ohio State University's Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design.

Schools offering game design and development programs can be found in 42 states and the District of Columbia. California remains at the forefront of this educational field, home to 50 institutions of higher learning that offer game-related degrees, followed by New York (26), Texas (21), Illinois (17),  Florida (15), Massachusetts (13), Pennsylvania (12), Michigan (10), Washington (10) and Georgia (9).    

The continued growth of video game programs coincides with the overall growth of the entertainment software industry. According to the ESA's 2010 Essential Facts about Computer and Video Games report, 67 percent of American households now play computer and video games.  In addition, public and private sector organizations in the fields of healthcare, education and business are increasingly relying on computer and video games to modernize and improve their operations.  According to a study by the ESA, 70 percent of major employers utilize interactive software and games to train employees and more than 75 percent of businesses and non-profits already offering video game-based training plan to expand their usage in the next three to five years.

The Entertainment Software Association is the U.S. association dedicated to serving the business and public affairs needs of companies publishing interactive games for video game consoles, handheld devices, personal computers, and the Internet. The ESA offers services to interactive entertainment software publishers including a global anti-piracy program, owning the E3 Expo, business and consumer research, federal and state government relations, First Amendment and intellectual property protection efforts. For more information, please visit www.theESA.com.

Colleges, Universities and Trade Schools with Computer and Video Game Courses and Degrees by State


Arizona

School

City

State

Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences

Gilbert

AZ

Mesa Community College

Mesa

AZ

Art Institute of Phoenix

Phoenix

AZ

Collins College

Phoenix

AZ

DeVry University - Phoenix

Phoenix

AZ

Arizona State University - Tempe

Tempe

AZ

University of Advancing Technology

Tempe

AZ

Art Center Design College - Arizona

Tucson

AZ





California

School

City

State

Westwood College - Anaheim Campus

Anaheim

CA

California State University Channel Islands

Camarillo

CA

Animation Mentor

Emeryville

CA

Expression College for Digital Arts

Emeryville

CA

DeVry University - Fremont

Fremont

CA

California State University, Fullerton

Fullerton

CA

Glendale Community College

Glendale

CA

Gnomon School of Visual Effects

Hollywood

CA

Los Angeles Film School - Game Production

Hollywood

CA

University of California, Irvine

Irvine

CA

National University - School of Media & Communication

La Jolla

CA

DeVry University - Long Beach

Long Beach

CA

Pinnacle College

Los Angeles

CA

Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles

CA

Otis College of Art and Design - Digital Media Department

Los Angeles

CA

University of Southern California - Interactive Media Division

Los Angeles

CA

Westwood College - Los Angeles Campus

Los Angeles

CA

Woodbury University

Los Angeles

CA

Art Center College of Design - Pasadena

Pasadena

CA

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Pomona

CA

Canada College - Redwood City - CA

Redwood City

CA

University of California - Riverside

Riverside

CA

Sierra College

Rocklin

CA

Art Institute of California-Sacramento

Sacramento

CA

Art Institute of California - Inland Empire

San Bernardino

CA

California State University - San Bernardino

San Bernardino

CA

Art Institute of California - San Diego

San Diego

CA

Platt (Media Arts) College

San Diego

CA

The Pixelyard School of Art

San Diego

CA

University of California San Diego / Extension Digital Arts Center

San Diego

CA

Academy of Art University

San Francisco

CA

Art Institute of California - San Francisco

San Francisco

CA

Bay Area Video Coalition

San Francisco

CA

San Francisco State University

San Francisco

CA

University of San Francisco

San Francisco

CA

San Jose State University

San Jose

CA

California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo

CA

Palomar College

San Marcos

CA

Art Institute of California - Orange County

Santa Ana

CA

Santa Ana College

Santa Ana

CA

Serious Game Design Institute

Santa Barbara

CA

University of California , Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz

CA

Art Institute of California - Los Angeles

Santa Monica

CA

The Academy of Entertainment and Technology at Santa Monica College

Santa Monica

CA

Art Institute of California - Sunnyvale

Sunnyvale

CA

Cogswell Polytechnical College

Sunnyvale

CA

California Lutheran University

Thousand Oaks

CA

Westwood College - Inland Empire Campus

Upland

CA

California Institute of the Arts

Valencia

CA

DeVry University - Long Beach/Pomona

West Hills

CA





Colorado

School

City

State

American Sentinel University

Aurora

CO

University of Colorado, Boulder

Boulder

CO

University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs

CO

Art Institute of Colorado

Denver

CO

Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design

Denver

CO

University of Denver

Denver

CO

Westwood College of Technology

Denver

CO





Connecticut

School

City

State

Sacred Heart University

Fairfield

CT





District of Columbia

School

City

State

American University

Washington

DC

CDIA at Boston University - Washington DC campus

Washington

DC





Delaware

School

City

State

Wilmington University

New Castle

DE





Florida

School

City

State

Digital Media Arts College

Boca Raton

FL

Stetson University

DeLand

FL

Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale

FL

Keiser University

Fort Lauderdale

FL

Rasmussen College

Fort Myers

FL

University of North Florida

Jacksonville

FL

ITT Tech - Lake Mary, Florida

Lake Mary

FL

Art Institute of Miami

Miami

FL

DAVE School (The Digital Animation & Visual Effects School)

Orlando

FL

University of Central Florida - Interactive Entertainment Academy

Orlando

FL

Pensacola Junior College

Pensacola

FL

Ringling College of Art and Design

Sarasota

FL

St. Petersburg College-Seminole Campus

Seminole

FL

Art Institute of Tampa

Tampa

FL

Full Sail University

Winter Park

FL





Georgia

School

City

State

American InterContinental University (Dunwoody Campus)

Atlanta

GA

Art Institute of Atlanta

Atlanta

GA

Georgia Institute of Technology

Atlanta

GA

Georgia State University

Atlanta

GA

DeVry University - Decatur/Alpharetta

Decatur/Alpharetta

GA

ITT Tech - Duluth

Duluth

GA

Southern Polytechnic State University

Marietta

GA

Savannah College of Art and Design

Savannah

GA

Georgia Southern University

Statesboro

GA





Iowa

School

City

State

Grand View University

Ames

IA

Iowa State University

Ames

IA





Idaho

School

City

State

University of Idaho

Moscow

ID





Illinois

School

City

State

DeVry University - DuPage Campus

Addison

IL

Westwood College - River Oaks Campus

Calumet City

IL

School of the Art Institute Chicago

Chicago

IL

Columbia College Chicago

Chicago

IL

DePaul University

Chicago

IL

Flashpoint - The Academy of Media Arts & Sciences

Chicago

IL

Illinois Institute of Art - Chicago

Chicago

IL

International Academy of Design and Technology - Chicago

Chicago

IL

University of Illinois - Chicago

Chicago

IL

McHenry County College

Crystal Lake

IL

North Central College

Naperville

IL

Bradley University

Peoria

IL

Lewis University

Romeoville

IL

Illinois Institute of Art - Schaumburg

Schaumburg

IL

Westwood College - Chicago O'Hare Campus

Schiller Park

IL

University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign

Urbana

IL

Westwood College - DuPage Campus

Woodridge

IL





Indiana

School

City

State

Indiana University

Bloomington

IN

Purdue University - Calumet

Hammond

IN

Ball State University

Muncie

IN

Indiana University Southeast

New Albany

IN

Indiana University

South Bend

IN

Taylor University

Upland

IN

Purdue University

West Lafayette

IN





Kansas

School

City

State

Baker University

Baldwin City

KS

Johnson County Community College

Overland Park

KS





Kentucky

School

City

State

ITT Technical Institute

Louisville

KY





Louisiana

School

City

State

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Lafayette

LA





Massachusetts

School

City

State

Hampshire College

Amherst

MA

Emerson College

Boston

MA

Northeastern University

Boston

MA

Wentworth Institute of Technology

Boston

MA

New England Institute of Art

Brookline

MA

Harvard Extension School

Cambridge

MA

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Cambridge

MA

Bristol Community College

Fall River

MA

Mount Ida College

Newton

MA

Springfield College

Springfield

MA

Center for Digital Imaging Arts at Boston University

Waltham

MA

Becker College

Worcester

MA

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Worcester

MA





Maryland

School

City

State

Anne Arundel Community College

Anne Arundel

MD

Community College of Baltimore County

Baltimore

MD

University of Baltimore

Baltimore

MD

Hagerstown Community College

Hagerstown

MD

Montgomery College

Rockville

MD





Michigan

School

City

State

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor

MI

University of Michigan - Dearborn

Dearborn

MI

College for Creative Studies

Detroit

MI

Michigan State University

East Lansing

MI

Baker College Online

Flint

MI

Calvin College

Grand Rapids

MI

Davenport University

Grand Rapids

MI

Ferris State University

Grand Rapids

MI

Northern Michigan University

Marquette

MI

International Academy of Design & Technology - Michigan

Troy

MI





Minnesota

School

City

State

Academy College

Bloomington

MN

The College of St. Scholastica

Duluth

MN

Brown College

Mendota Heights

MN

Art Institutes International Minnesota

Minneapolis

MN

Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Minneapolis

MN





Missouri

School

City

State

ITT Technical Institute

Arnold

MO

Southern Missouri State University

Cape Girardeau

MO

University of Missouri - Columbia (College of Engineering)

Columbia

MO

ITT Technical Institute

Earth City

MO

Sanford-Brown College

St. Peters

MO

Missouri State University - West Plains

West Plains

MO





Montana

School

City

State

University of Great Falls

Great Falls

MT





North Carolina

School

City

State

Art Institute of Charlotte

Charlotte

NC

Central Piedmont Community College

Charlotte

NC

Fayetteville Technical Community College

Fayetteville

NC

High Point University

High Point

NC

North Carolina State University

Raleigh

NC

School of Communication Arts

Raleigh

NC

Wake Technical Community College

Raleigh

NC

Piedmont Community College

Roxboro

NC





Nebraska

School

City

State

Bellevue University

Bellevue

NE





New Hampshire

School

City

State

Concord Community College

Concord

NH

Dartmouth College

Hanover

NH

Southern New Hampshire University

Manchester

NH

Daniel Webster College

Nashua

NH





New Jersey

School

City

State

Camden County College

Blackwood

NJ

Bloomfield College

Bloomfield

NJ

The College of New Jersey

Ewing

NJ

Stevens Institute of Technology

Hoboken

NJ

New Jersey Institute of Technology

Newark

NJ





New Mexico

School

City

State

Art Center Design College - Albuquerque

Albuquerque

NM

The University of New Mexico

Albuquerque

NM





Nevada

School

City

State

Art Institute of Las Vegas

Henderson

NV

International Academy of Design & Technology - Las Vegas

Henderson

NV

Sierra Nevada College

Incline Village

NV





New York

School

City

State

Excelsior College

Albany

NY

Mildred Elley - School of Digital Media Arts

Albany

NY

CUNY Brooklyn

Brooklyn

NY

Polytechnical Institute of NYU

Brooklyn

NY

Pratt Institute

Brooklyn

NY

Finger Lakes Community College

Canandaigua

NY

Adelphi University

Garden City

NY

Cornell University

Ithaca

NY

Long Island University- CW Post

Long Island

NY

Fashion Institute of New York

New York

NY

Game Institute, Inc.

New York

NY

Globe Institute of Technology (GIT)

New York

NY

New York University

New York

NY

Pace University

New York

NY

Parsons the New School of Design: School of Art, Media and Technology

New York

NY

School of Visual Arts

New York

NY

Sessions Online School of Game Art

New York

NY

Clarkson University

Potsdam

NY

Marist College

Poughkeepsie

NY

CUNY Queensborough

Queens

NY

Rochester Institute of Technology

Rochester

NY

Stony Brook University

Stony Brook

NY

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Troy

NY

Mohawk Valley Community College

Utica

NY

Mercy College - Center for Digital Arts

White Plains

NY

The College of Westchester

White Plains

NY





Ohio

School

City

State

Ohio University

Athens

OH

Case Western Reserve University

Cleveland

OH

Cleveland Institute of Art

Cleveland

OH

The Ohio State University, Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design

Columbus

OH

Kent State University-Tuscarawas Campus

New Philadelphia

OH

Miami University

Oxford

OH

Edison Community College

Piqua

OH

Shawnee State University

Portsmouth

OH





Oklahoma

School

City

State

Oklahoma Panhandle State University

Goodwell

OK

Oklahoma Christian University

Oklahoma City

OK

Oklahoma City Community College

Oklahoma City

OK

Northern Oklahoma College

Tonkawa

OK





Oregon

School

City

State

Southern Oregon University

Ashland

OR

Art Institute of Portland

Portland

OR





Pennsylvania

School

City

State

Montgomery County Community College

Blue Bell

PA

Gannon University

Erie

PA

Harrisburg University

Harrisburg

PA

Delaware County Community College

Media

PA

Art Institute of Philadelphia

Philadelphia

PA

Drexel University, Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design

Philadelphia

PA

La Salle University

Philadelphia

PA

Philadelphia University

Philadelphia

PA

The University of the Arts

Philadelphia

PA

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia

PA

Art Institute of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh

PA

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh

PA





Rhode Island

School

City

State

Brown University

Providence

RI

New England Institute of Technology

Warwick

RI





South Dakota

School

City

State

Dakota State University

Madison

SD

Black Hills State University

Spearfish

SD





South Carolina

School

City

State

Charleston Southern University

Charleston

SC

Limestone College

Gaffney

SC





Tennessee

School

City

State

Southern Adventist University - School of Visual Art and Design

Collegedale

TN

East Tennessee State University

Johnson City

TN

Tennessee State University

Nashville

TN





Texas

School

City

State

Abilene Christian University

Abilene

TX

Austin Community College

Austin

TX

St. Edward's University

Austin

TX

Gemini School of Visual Arts & Communication

Cedar Park

TX

Art Institute of Dallas

Dallas

TX

Richland College

Dallas

TX

University of Texas at Dallas

Dallas

TX

University of North Texas

Denton

TX

Art Institute of Houston

Houston

TX

Houston Community College

Houston

TX

San Jacinto College Central

Houston

TX

Sam Houston State University

Huntsville

TX

DeVry University – Irving

Irving

TX

Kingwood College

Kingwood

TX

Guildhall at SMU

Plano

TX

University of Texas at Dallas - Arts and Technology program

Richardson

TX

Angelo State University

San Angelo

TX

Tyler Junior College

Tyler

TX

University of Houston-Victoria

Victoria

TX

Baylor University

Waco

TX

Texas State Technical College

Waco

TX





Utah

School

City

State

Weber State University

Ogden

UT

Brigham Young University

Provo

UT

Art Institute-Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City

UT

University of Utah

Salt Lake City

UT

Neumont University

South Jordan

UT





Virginia

School

City

State

Art Institute of Washington

Arlington

VA

Virginia Polytechnical Institute

Blacksburg

VA

George Mason University

Fairfax

VA

University of Mary Washington

Fredericksburg

VA

Lynchburg College

Lynchburg

VA

Old Dominion University

Norfolk

VA

Tidewater Community College

Portsmouth

VA

Virginia Commonwealth University

Richmond

VA





Vermont

School

City

State

Champlain College

Burlington

VT





Washington

School

City

State

Bellevue Community College

Bellevue

WA

Olympic College

Bremerton

WA

Lake Washington Technical College

Kirkland

WA

Clover Park Technical College

Lakewood

WA

Edmonds Community College

Lynnwood

WA

DigiPen Institute of Technology

Redmond

WA

Art Institute of Seattle

Seattle

WA

Seattle Central Community College

Seattle

WA

University of Washington - Professional and Continuing Education

Seattle

WA





Wisconsin

School

City

State

ITT Tech - Green Bay Campus

Green Bay

WI

Madison Area Technical College

Madison

WI

Madison Media Institute | College of Media Arts

Madison

WI

University of Wisconsin-Stout

Menomonie

WI

Milwaukee Area Technical College

Milwaukee

WI

University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

Stevens Point

WI

Carroll University

Waukesha

WI





West Virginia

School

City

State

Marshall University

Huntington

WV




SOURCE Entertainment Software Association



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