The best video gaming schools in the US are easy to find. Starting in Seattle Washington the Academy of Interactive Entertainment located in Seattle Center by Seattle’s world famous Space Needle plans to offer a two year degree program in video game programming and one year certificates. Academy of Interactive Entertainment is led by former Digi Pen faculty member Christopher Erhardt. The Academy of Interactive Entertainment is located in Australia in Sydney, Melbourne, and Canberra with Seattle being it’s first school in North America.
Digi Pen Institute of Technology started in Seattle Washington in 1998 has been a leader in video game programing learning. In 2011 Digi Pen opened a new campus in Redmond Washington offering video game programming certificates and degrees. Digi Pen also offers online classes for video game programming. Digi Pen teaches children starting in grades 5 to 12 the principals of 2D video game design.
The Art Institute of Seattle is a video game programming school. The Art Institute of Seattle offers a Game Designer degree, 2D/3D Animator or Artist Program, a Game Tester/Analyst program, and a Level and Texture Artist program. The Art Institute of Seattle teaches a student how to apply all the video game programming techniques to be prepared to make the best video games possible.
Portland Oregon Video Game Programming Schools
The Art Institute of Portland has a three year Visual and Game Programming program. The program is available on campus and not online. The school is accredited and has financial aide is available.
ITT Technical Institutes offer video game programming schools throughout the country.
ITT offers a Bachelors Degree in Digital Entertainment. There are courses in video game design, game design process, animation and level design.
DeVry University Offers Video Game Programming
DeVry University has ninety plus locations throughout the US and Canada. DeVry’s Bachelor’s degree is called,”Game and Simulation Programming”. DeVry’s program gets graduates ready to work in the video gaming software industry. Students also learn the math and physics of games as well as valuable engineering skills. One skill DeVry teaches students is how to make massively multi-user online games (MMOG).
Full Sail University in Orlando Florida offers Video Game Programming
Full Sail University offers a Bachelors degree in Game Development, Game Art, Computer Animation and Digital Arts and Design. Full Sail University also prides itself on having former students who have worked on Academy Award Oscar winning films.
California has one of the top Video Game Programming Schools.
Westwood College has a Graphic Design Program in Video Game Art. It has courses in Game Design Process, Texture Mapping for Games, Character Animation, and Level and Environment Design.
The University of Southern California school of Cinematic Arts is rated one of the top video game programming schools in America by the Princeton Review. USC offers an undergraduate program in game design and programming. USC also offers a Bachelor of Arts in Interactive Entertainment with a minor in Video Game Design.
UC Santa Cruz offers a BS in Computer Science in Computer Game Design it is a new undergraduate degree program focused on construction and design of interactive video games. The degree offers a freshman video game design experience and two upper division media electives, and for the students senior year there is an intensive program where students work in a video gaming studio and collaborate together to make interactive video games.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has a Video Game Programming school.
The Princeton Review says MIT is a top Undergraduate and Graduate Video Game Programming School. MIT has a video game lab called Gambit in collaboration with the country of Singapore to study and research video games. There is a US lab on MIT campus and a Singapore lab in Singapore in the Shaw Tower. You can check out MIT’s game lab online at http://gambit.mit.edu/index.php
Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester New York is rated as another top video game programming school in America. The Rochester Institute of Technology has the school of Interactive Games and Media the school offers a Bachelors of Science in Game Design and Media. It also offers another BS in New Media Interactive Development and a Masters of Science in Game Design and Development. The school of Interactive Games and Media is rated one of the top ten by the Princeton Review.
Southern Methodist University in Plano Texas offers a Masters of Interactive Technology in Digital Game Development. The Masters Program requires a 3.0 grade point average from an accredited college. SMU also offers an intense two year Professional Certificate in Digital Game Development. Southern Methodist University is the founder of the Indie Game Challenge which supports new and aspiring game developers to showcase their new work to the public and break into the video game business.