Find the best game design schools to jump start your career. Below is a list of the top 50 best game design and animation schools as rated by the Princeton Review. Criteria for judging each school is based on a large combination of factors, such as the courses offered, the faculty employed, the engines/technologies the school uses, etc. The video gaming industry is getting bigger and better every day. Follow your passion and become part of a booming tech industry.

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Top 50 Schools for Game Design and Animation (Undergraduate)

  1. University of Utah (Salt Lake City, UT)
  2. University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)
  3. Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, NY)
  4. DigiPen Institute of Technology (Redmond, WA)
  5. Becker College (Worcester, MA)
  6. The Art Institute of Vancouver
  7. Hampshire College (Amherst, MA)
  8. Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI)
  9. Drexel University (Philadelphia, PA)
  10. New York University (New York, NY)
  11. The University of Texas at Dallas (Richardson, TX)
  12. Northeastern University (Boston, MA)
  13. Champlain College (Burlington, VT)
  14. Vancouver Film School
  15. Bradley University (Peoria, IL)
  16. Ferris State University (Big Rapids, MI)
  17. Lawrence Technological University (Southfield, MI)
  18. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, NY)
  19. Cogswell College (San Jose, CA)
  20. Shawnee State University (Portsmouth, OH)
  21. University of Wisconsin-Stout (Menomonie, WI)
  22. Abertay University
  23. University of California--Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz, CA)
  24. Savannah College of Art and Design (Savannah, GA)
  25. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)
  26. Full Sail University (Winter Park, FL)
  27. Abilene Christian University (Abilene, TX)
  28. Marist College (Poughkeepsie, NY)
  29. Oklahoma Christian University (Oklahoma City, OK)
  30. Miami University (Oxford, OH)
  31. Academy of Art University (San Francisco, CA)
  32. New Jersey Institute of Technology (Newark, NJ)
  33. North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC)
  34. Ringling School of Art & Design (Sarasota, FL)
  35. DePaul University (Chicago, IL)
  36. University of Michigan-Dearborn (Dearborn, MI)
  37. Kennesaw State University (Kennesaw, GA)
  38. Texas A&M University--College Station (College Station, TX)
  39. Quinnipiac University (Hamden, CT)
  40. New England Institute of Technology
  41. University of California - Irvine (Irvine, CA)
  42. Sacred Heart University (Fairfield, CT)
  43. Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)
  44. Western University (London, ON)
  45. Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, OH)
  46. Southern Illinois University Carbondale (Carbondale, IL)
  47. Purdue University--West Lafayette (West Lafayette, IN)
  48. University of Tulsa (Tulsa, OK)
  49. Pennsylvania State University--University Park (University Park, PA)
  50. Eastern Kentucky University (Richmond, KY)

Top 25 Schools for Game Design and Animation (Graduate)

Graduate programs in Game Design and Animation are geared towards artists and professionals with a bachelor's degree in computer science, art, and/or a related field. These programs generally combine foundational coursework in the fine arts or animation with extensive digital production experiences to help students develop technical skills and their artistic voice.

Click here to view Princeton Review's Top 25 Graduate Schools for Game Design and Animation.

Game Design Software Available for Academic Use

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