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Our 2014 rankings of the Top 15 schools for game design and development in the Southwest US.
We define the Southwest as Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, and Nevada.
1. University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
Established in 1850 as Deseret University, the University of Utah (The U) sits on a 1, 535-acre campus and it is home to more than 32, 000 students enrolled in more than 190 degree programs. Included in this large collection of programs are several unique and highly-respected programs for aspiring game designers.
Developed by the Department of Film and Media Arts and the School of Computing, The U’s innovative Entertainment Arts and Engineering (EAE) Program features a BS in Computer Science with an Entertainment Arts & Engineering Emphasis and a BA in Film and Media Arts with an Entertainment Arts & Engineering Emphasis. Both programs prepare students for careers in Video Games, Computer Generated Special Effects, Digital Animation, and more.
The U also offers a Master’s of Entertainment Arts & Engineering (MEAE) of the Entertainment Arts and Engineering: Master Games Studio (EAE: MGS). The Master’s Program offers 4 tracks including Game Arts, Game Engineering, Game Production and Technical Art. Students will immerse in 4 semesters of study and complete a mandatory professional level internship, an internal internship, or an individual research project. In addition, all EAE students have access to labs, classes, and personal space in the Master Games Studio.
2. The University of Texas-Austin, Austin, Texas
The University of Texas-Austin (UT Austin) offers one of the region’s best game programs, and it is the school’s most popular major. Developed by the Radio-Television-Film, Computer Science, and Fine Arts Departments, the Game Development program is an interdisciplinary undergraduate program dedicated to preparing students to “design, develop, create assets, and provide leadership for the rapidly growing video game industry both in Texas and around the world.”
The Program—Games and Mobile Media Applications (GAMMA), features immersive study in Game Development, Art Creation, UI/UX Design, Scene/World Building, Sound Design and Production, and 2D/3D Visual Effects Art & Animation. Just a few GAMMA electives include Creating Music: Film/Vid/Games, Interactive Digital Storytelling, Interactive Media & Game Development, and Writing for Interactive Games & Media. UT Austin also offers MFA degrees in Film & Media Production and Screenwriting and a BS in Radio-Television-Film (RTF).