Top Schools for Game Software Development Bachelor's Degrees

Learn where you can find the top undergraduate game design programs in the U.S. Discover three top U.S. colleges and universities for game software development based on rankings and program offerings. Schools offering Game Production degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

How to Select a Game Software Development Bachelor's Program

Important considerations when choosing a school include industry connections, internship opportunities, and student laboratory space. Students might also consider a program's reputation and the amount of hands-on experience a program affords its students.

Three Top Schools for Game Software Development

University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles

The University of Southern California's Interactive Media & Games Division offers the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Interactive Entertainment. Students take courses in animation, game design, multiplayer game environments, sound design and character development. Additionally, USC offers a minor in video game programming through its information technology program. USC's Game Innovation Lab allows students to pursue experimental game projects. In 2015, the Princeton Review ranked USC #1 in the nation for undergraduate programs in video game design. You can earn the following degrees:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Interactive Entertainment
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

Rochester Institute of Technology in New York

Students in the School of Interactive Games and Media at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) can earn a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Game Design and Development or a B.S. in New Media Interactive Development. The game design program combines the technical disciplines of computing and information science with game process, animation and design. In 2015, the Princeton Review ranked RIT #6 among undergraduate video game design schools in the U.S. Degrees offered include:

  • Bachelor of Science in Game Design and Development
  • Bachelor of Science in New Media Interactive Development

Savannah College of Art & Design in Georgia

The Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD) offers a B.A. in Interactive Design and Game Development with a concentration in game development and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Interactive Design and Game Development. These undergraduate degree programs include courses in drawing, color theory, game design and game programming. Both programs are available on SCAD's Atlanta and Savannah campuses, and the BFA is also available on the Hong Kong campus. SCAD was ranked #19 in 2015 among undergraduate schools for video game design by the Princeton Review. You can earn these degrees:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Interactive Design and Game Development
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interactive Design and Game Development

Other Top Schools for Game Development

College/University Institution Type Location
University of Utah 4-year, Public Salt Lake City, UT
DigiPen Institute of Technology 4-year, Private for-profit Redmond, WA
Drexel University 4-year, Private Philadelphia, PA
Michigan State University 4-year, Public East Lansing, MI
Shawnee State University 4-year, Public Portsmouth, OH
Becker College 4-year, Private Worcester, MA
Hampshire College 4-year, Private Amherst, MA
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 4-year, Private Troy, NY
Carnegie Mellon University 4-year, Private Pittsburgh, PA
Bradley University 4-year, Private Peoria, IL

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