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2022 Best Colleges for Game and Interactive Media Design

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1,275

Graduates Per Year

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$56K

Average Salary

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#188

Most Popular Major

Popularity

Average Popularity

1,275

79% NATIONAL AVG

Diplomas Received Last Year

87

55% NATIONAL AVG

Colleges Offering this Degree

Most Popular Degrees

187

Food Science

1,278

188

Game and Interactive Media Design

1,275

189

Allied Health and Medical Assisting Services

1,271

Cost

Somewhat Affordable

$25,555

20% NATIONAL AVG

Median Degree Cost

Most Expensive Degrees

278

Applied Horticulture and Horticultural Business Services

$25,593

279

Game and Interactive Media Design

$25,555

280

Construction Engineering

$25,515

Salary

Average Salary

$35,097

9% NATIONAL AVG

Average Salary Two Years Out of School

Average Salary

193

Commercial and Advertising Art

$35,097

194

Game and Interactive Media Design

$35,097

195

Graphic Design

$35,097

Professors

Average

4.1/5

2.5% NATIONAL AVG

Median Student Rating

Highest Student Rated Professors

141

Liberal Arts and Sciences

142

Game and Interactive Media Design

143

Child Development

Students

Diverse

4.2/5

15.18% NATIONAL AVG

Student Diversity Index

Most Diverse

82

Systems Engineering

83

Game and Interactive Media Design

84

Physical Sciences

SUMMARY

Majoring in Game and Interactive Media Design is a valuable choice and usually a critical first step for undergraduates coveting to begin a career as a game programmer, a game artist, or a game animator. In fact, game and interactive media design is a very rare major coming in at the 188th most popular major. Last academic year, there were 1,275 game and interactive media design diplomas received. In-state tuition for game and interactive media design at private institutions is, on average, 3.8 times more pricey than their public peers.

With only 87 universities offering this degree there might be limited options as to the institutions you can choose from. If you're hoping to surround yourself with other game and interactive media design students, look at universities in Texas which have more students admitted to game and interactive media design than any other state. More generally, the best region to study game and interactive media design is in the Southwest region with Abilene Christian University, The University of Texas at Dallas, and The Art Institute of San Antonio best representing the region. Interestingly, our selection of the best conference to major in game and interactive media design is the American Southwest Conference with The University of Texas at Dallas representing the conference. That said, our selection for the best university for game and interactive media design is University of Southern California, and here you can find our comprehensive list for the best colleges.

The 'best' school does not have to be the 'best' school for you. There are a bunch of angels to consider when choosing college. Stuff like campus amenities, transportation services, and food would definitely affect one's decision on where to go to college. Here at authority.org, we've examined the pros and cons for you. If, for example, you are intrigued by which game and interactive media design university is home to the best campus, the answer is Northeastern University. If, for example, you are very interested in which college boasts the top campus, we have an entire list dedicated to that. We have carefully pored through student reviews, professor reviews, government databases, and more in order to compare all U.S. majors in an unbiased and informative way. Here you can explore our well researched list for the universities with the best student life and our choice for the university with the best student life for game and interactive media design is University of Southern California. Are you curious why? Keep scrolling to learn more about our top selections. Some of our picks might shock you.

If expense is a major influence in your decisions, you might be cautious about University of Southern California. University of Southern California appears to be the most expensive college for game and interactive media design, at least regarding out of state enrollment. We do have an entire page for the most expensive colleges that might put the cost at University of Southern California into perspective. For more context, you might be interested to know that game and interactive media design is the 279th most expensive major in America, with an average cost of $25,600. On a broader scale, the most expensive state for game and interactive media design in the country is Connecticut with expenses at the main institution, Quinnipiac University, of $46,790. Even more broadly, the most expensive region for game and interactive media design is the Mid East region which is best demonstrated with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a cost of $54,000, Drexel University with a cost of $52,146, and The University of the Arts with a cost of $46,530.

Our cheapest region for game and interactive media design is the Rocky Mountains region which is represented by Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design with a cost of $17,670, Boise State University with a cost of $22,452, and Utah Valley University with a cost of $15,872. More optimistically, the most affordable university for game and interactive media design is University of Advancing Technology. Our comprehensive list of the most affordable universities can be found here.

In-state attendees can anticipate paying around $9,600 for a degree in game and interactive media design. The cost inflates intensely to a median of $23,400 for an out-of-state public-school undergraduate. Our choice for the college representing the best value for game and interactive media design: University of Southern California. Here you can see our comprehensive list of the universities we believe to be the best value in general. Bear in mind, this list is based on the assumption that you are an out-of-state student. The value proposition changes when in-state tuition is considered, as such, we are using out-of-state tuition as the baseline.

Earnings for game and interactive media design majors vary widely, but two-years after graduation students will typically earn around $56,200. While there is a lot of variation in salary; highest paid earners can enjoy pay up to $96,400. Straight out of college, the minimum earning positions within the game and interactive media design field make $33,000, which could be worse. The highest earning grads for game and interactive media design graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and if you want to find the colleges with all of the highest earning graduates, we have that too.

The all-around diversity of game and interactive media design sits pretty high, ranking within the 79th percentile of all programs. The college with the highest composite diversity for game and interactive media design is Northeastern University and here you can find our comprehensive list for the schools which have the most diversity. The overall financial diversity of the Game and Interactive Media Design major only ranks in the 48th percentile of all majors. Racial diversity is greater than financial diversity, ranking in the 76th percentile. White students make up the largest share at 53% of students majoring in game and interactive media design. Additionally, 70% of students pursuing a game and interactive media design degree are men.

The median rating of game and interactive media design's professors is 4.1 stars, a score that is 2% greater than the average for every major; this is a good score. If you are curious about the most popular game and interactive media design instructor in the nation, look no further than John Schultheiss at California State University-Northridge. This may be shocking, but the top rated professors for game and interactive media design according to students are at California State University-Northridge. As we incorporate data other than basic rankings it becomes clear that the school with comprehensively the best professors for game and interactive media design is Worcester Polytechnic Institute. You will find more detail on our ever evolving ranking methodology for the best overall professors here, as well as many of the finest examples of instructors nationwide.

Finally, the most difficult university to get into for game and interactive media design is University of Southern California. While we are unsure why you would be interested, we do have a comprehensive page of the hardest colleges to get into. Although, here at Authority we hope you believe that considering the education process with a lens only informed by superlatives might create issues. We at Authority hope you explore our other pages on different schools and read a couple of our helpful background articles on essential details to think about as you continue your school search.

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The University of Texas at Dallas

#1 Best Colleges for Game and Interactive Media Design

The University of Texas at Dallas is a very large public university located in Richardson, TX ranked 231st in the nation. It has a total of 21,317 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 78.59% acceptance rate. The University of Texas at Dallas offers 140 different majors and is best known for its Game and Interactive Media Design, Management Science, and Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods programs (nationally ranked 1st, 3rd, and 4th respectively). With an annual tuition of $13,442 for students from Texas and $38,168 for those from out-of-state, The University of Texas at Dallas is quite pricey. 64.75% of students graduate ready to the next phase of their lives, employment. After finishing college, alumni go on to take home roughly $53,100 per year, which is 28% over the national median.

Richardson, TX

www.utdallas.edu

A-

Rating

79%

Acceptance

31,419

Students

#231

Ranking

$38,168

Tuition

Savannah College of Art and Design

#2 Best Colleges for Game and Interactive Media Design

Savannah College of Art and Design is a large private art school located in Savannah, GA ranked 10th in Georgia. It has a total of 12,966 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 95.91% of applicants. Savannah College of Art and Design offers 64 different majors and is best known for its Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects, Illustration, and Apparel and Textiles programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $37,575 per year, Savannah College of Art and Design is rather costly. 60% of students graduate moving on to the next phase of their lives, employment. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to make about $36,400 per year, which is 12% below the national median.

Savannah, GA

www.scad.edu

B-

Rating

96%

Acceptance

16,065

Students

#543

Ranking

$37,575

Tuition

University of Southern California

#3 Best Colleges for Game and Interactive Media Design

University of Southern California is a very large private university located in Los Angeles, CA ranked 24th in the United States. It has a total of 21,909 full-time undergraduate students and is quite competitive, accepting 11.42% of applicants. University of Southern California offers 527 different majors and is best known for its Communication and Media Studies, Film, and Gerontology programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $57,256 per year, University of Southern California is very high-priced. 87.78% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, entering the labor market. After college, alumni go on to take home around $74,000 per year, which is 78% over the national median.

Los Angeles, CA

www.usc.edu/

A+

Rating

11%

Acceptance

53,186

Students

#24

Ranking

$57,256

Tuition

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

#4 Best Colleges for Game and Interactive Media Design

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is a mid-sized private university located in Troy, NY ranked 70th in the United States. It has a total of 6,706 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 47.41% acceptance rate. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute offers 145 different majors and is best known for its Computer Engineering Technologies, Game and Interactive Media Design, and Nuclear Engineering programs (nationally ranked 1st, 4th, and 4th respectively). With an annual tuition of $54,000 per year, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is exceptionally expensive. 82.28% of students graduate ready to the next stage of their lives, joining the labor force. After graduation, alumni go on to take home about $82,000 per year, which is 97% greater than the national median.

Troy, NY

www.rpi.edu

A+

Rating

47%

Acceptance

8,156

Students

#70

Ranking

$54,000

Tuition

Northeastern University

#5 Best Colleges for Game and Interactive Media Design

Northeastern University is a very large private university located in Boston, MA ranked 36th in the United States. It has a total of 18,753 full-time undergraduate students and is quite competitive, with a 18.05% acceptance rate. Northeastern University offers 186 different majors and is best known for its Human Services, Physical Therapy, and Data Modeling and Database Administration programs (nationally ranked 1st, 2nd, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $52,420 per year, Northeastern University is very expensive. 73.11% of students graduate starting the next phase of their lives, employment. After finishing college, alumni go on to take in approximately $67,400 per year, which is 62% greater than the national median.

Boston, MA

www.northeastern.edu

A+

Rating

18%

Acceptance

28,374

Students

#36

Ranking

$52,420

Tuition

University of California-Santa Cruz

#6 Best Colleges for Game and Interactive Media Design

University of California-Santa Cruz is a large public university located in Santa Cruz, CA ranked 175th in the United States. It has a total of 18,774 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 51.31% of applicants. University of California-Santa Cruz offers 155 different majors and is best known for its Comparative Literature, Women's Studies, and Hispanic-American Studies programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $11,442 for students from California and $41,196 for those from out-of-state, University of California-Santa Cruz is quite costly. 72.4% of students graduate beginning the next chapter of their lives, employment. After finishing college, alumni go on to take in roughly $46,900 per year, which is 13% over the national median.

Santa Cruz, CA

www.ucsc.edu/

A

Rating

51%

Acceptance

20,839

Students

#175

Ranking

$41,196

Tuition

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

#7 Best Colleges for Game and Interactive Media Design

Worcester Polytechnic Institute is a mid-sized private university located in Worcester, MA ranked 89th in the nation. It has a total of 4,879 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 49.37% acceptance rate. Worcester Polytechnic Institute offers 116 different majors and is best known for its Mechatronics, Robotics, and Automation Engineering, Game and Interactive Media Design, and Engineering programs (nationally ranked 1st, 7th, and 8th respectively). With an annual tuition of $51,604 per year, Worcester Polytechnic Institute is very pricey. 85.88% of students graduate starting the next stage of their lives, working. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to make more or less $84,900 per year, which is 104% over the national median.

Worcester, MA

https://www.wpi.edu/

A+

Rating

49%

Acceptance

7,505

Students

#89

Ranking

$51,604

Tuition

Drexel University

#8 Best Colleges for Game and Interactive Media Design

Drexel University is a very large private university located in Philadelphia, PA ranked 174th in America. It has a total of 17,591 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 74.7% of applicants. Drexel University offers 360 different majors and is best known for its Accounting and Finance, Accounting and Business Management, and Culinary Arts programs (nationally ranked 1st, 2nd, and 4th respectively). With an annual tuition of $52,146 per year, Drexel University is extremely high-priced. 56.25% of students graduate beginning the next chapter of their lives, employment. Open graduating, alumni go on to earn approximately $68,800 per year, which is 66% above the national median.

Philadelphia, PA

https://drexel.edu

A

Rating

75%

Acceptance

28,249

Students

#174

Ranking

$52,146

Tuition

New England Institute of Technology

#9 Best Colleges for Game and Interactive Media Design

New England Institute of Technology is a small private associates college located in East Greenwich, RI ranked 10th in Rhode Island. It has a total of 3,406 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 63.2% of applicants. New England Institute of Technology offers 56 different majors and is best known for its Computer Graphics, Mechanical Engineering Technology, and Multimedia Art programs (nationally ranked 6th, 7th, and 8th respectively). With an annual tuition of $29,100 per year, New England Institute of Technology is somewhat moderately costly. 50.72% of students graduate starting the next phase of their lives, working. Open graduating, alumni go on to make about $42,800 per year, which is 3% greater than the national median.

East Greenwich, RI

www.neit.edu

C+

Rating

63%

Acceptance

3,609

Students

#739

Ranking

$29,100

Tuition

California State University-Chico

#10 Best Colleges for Game and Interactive Media Design

California State University-Chico is a large public college located in Chico, CA ranked 70th in California. It has a total of 18,053 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 72.33% acceptance rate. California State University-Chico offers 111 different majors and is best known for its Construction Engineering Technology, Game and Interactive Media Design, and Agriculture programs (nationally ranked 7th, 10th, and 12th respectively). With an annual tuition of $5,742 for students from California and $17,622 for those from out-of-state, California State University-Chico is reasonably priced. 66.19% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, employment. After graduation, alumni go on to bring home about $48,100 per year, which is 16% over the national median.

Chico, CA

www.csuchico.edu

C+

Rating

72%

Acceptance

19,323

Students

#699

Ranking

$17,622

Tuition

Webster University

#11 Best Colleges for Game and Interactive Media Design

Webster University is a mid-sized private institution located in Saint Louis, MO ranked 11th in Missouri. It has a total of 3,522 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting faintly above 55.5% of applicants. Webster University offers 227 different majors and is best known for its Game and Interactive Media Design, Musical Theatre, and Legal Studies programs (nationally ranked 11th, 20th, and 24th respectively). With an annual tuition of $28,500 per year, Webster University is somewhat moderately expensive. 59.7% of students graduate ready to the next stage of their lives, employment. After graduation, alumni go on to take in about $42,300 per year, which is 2% over the national median.

Saint Louis, MO

www.webster.edu

B

Rating

57%

Acceptance

14,581

Students

#442

Ranking

$28,500

Tuition

Champlain College

#12 Best Colleges for Game and Interactive Media Design

Champlain College is a small private institution located in Burlington, VT ranked 6th in Vermont. It has a total of 4,925 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 85.15% of applicants. Champlain College offers 88 different majors and is best known for its Writing, Health Care Facilities Administration, and Computer Graphics programs (nationally ranked 3rd, 4th, and 8th respectively). With an annual tuition of $41,728 per year, Champlain College is rather pricey. 57.33% of students graduate starting the next chapter of their lives, entering the labor market. After finishing college, alumni go on to draw near $45,400 per year, which is 9% over the national median.

Burlington, VT

www.champlain.edu

B-

Rating

85%

Acceptance

6,060

Students

#549

Ranking

$41,728

Tuition

Indiana University-Bloomington

#13 Best Colleges for Game and Interactive Media Design

Indiana University-Bloomington is a very large public university located in Bloomington, IN ranked 280th in the US. It has a total of 34,843 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 77.91% acceptance rate. Indiana University-Bloomington offers 336 different majors and is best known for its Business, Public Administration, and Informatics programs, which are all nationally ranked 1st. With an annual tuition of $9,575 for students from Indiana and $35,140 for those from out-of-state, Indiana University-Bloomington is somewhat moderately pricey. 60.07% of students graduate starting the next phase of their lives, working. After finishing college, alumni go on to bring home around $47,700 per year, which is 15% above the national median.

Bloomington, IN

www.indiana.edu/

A-

Rating

78%

Acceptance

46,423

Students

#280

Ranking

$35,140

Tuition

Quinnipiac University

#14 Best Colleges for Game and Interactive Media Design

Quinnipiac University is a mid-sized private college located in Hamden, CT ranked 239th in the nation. It has a total of 8,026 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 70.12% acceptance rate. Quinnipiac University offers 111 different majors and is best known for its Radiography, Diagnostic Medical Sonography and Ultrasound Technology, and Physiological Psychology programs (nationally ranked 8th, 8th, and 9th respectively). With an annual tuition of $46,790 per year, Quinnipiac University is very costly. 70.67% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, joining the workforce. After college, alumni go on to earn around $63,300 per year, which is 52% greater than the national median.

Hamden, CT

www.qu.edu

A-

Rating

70%

Acceptance

11,730

Students

#239

Ranking

$46,790

Tuition

Abilene Christian University

#15 Best Colleges for Game and Interactive Media Design

Abilene Christian University is a mid-sized private institution located in Abilene, TX ranked 26th in Texas. It has a total of 3,594 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting something like 3 in 5 applicants. Abilene Christian University offers 102 different majors and is best known for its Speech-Language Pathology, Game and Interactive Media Design, and Bible Studies programs (nationally ranked 5th, 15th, and 15th respectively). With an annual tuition of $36,250 per year, Abilene Christian University is quite high-priced. 48.05% of students graduate ready to the next stage of their lives, working. After graduation, alumni go on to take in approximately $43,000 per year, which is 4% over the national median.

Abilene, TX

www.acu.edu

C+

Rating

61%

Acceptance

5,864

Students

#681

Ranking

$36,250

Tuition

DePaul University

#16 Best Colleges for Game and Interactive Media Design

DePaul University is a very large private university located in Chicago, IL ranked 13th in Illinois. It has a total of 16,625 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 68.22% of applicants. DePaul University offers 263 different majors and is best known for its General Studies, Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications, and Computer Programming programs (nationally ranked 3rd, 3rd, and 5th respectively). With an annual tuition of $40,551 per year, DePaul University is quite expensive. 65.8% of students graduate starting the next chapter of their lives, working. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to earn more or less $53,300 per year, which is 28% greater than the national median.

Chicago, IL

https://www.depaul.edu

A-

Rating

68%

Acceptance

26,721

Students

#314

Ranking

$40,551

Tuition

The University of the Arts

#17 Best Colleges for Game and Interactive Media Design

The University of the Arts is a small private art school located in Philadelphia, PA ranked 35th in Pennsylvania. It has a total of 1,786 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 73.34% acceptance rate. The University of the Arts offers 41 different majors and is best known for its Dance, Musical Theatre, and Directing and Theatrical Production programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 2nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $46,530 per year, The University of the Arts is extremely expensive. 65.86% of students graduate starting the next stage of their lives, entering the labor market. After finishing college, alumni go on to make around $32,600 per year, which is 22% less than the national median.

Philadelphia, PA

https://www.uarts.edu

B

Rating

73%

Acceptance

2,080

Students

#460

Ranking

$46,530

Tuition

Saint Edward's University

#18 Best Colleges for Game and Interactive Media Design

Saint Edward's University is a small private institution located in Austin, TX ranked 25th in Texas. It has a total of 3,985 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 88.21% of applicants. Saint Edward's University offers 87 different majors and is best known for its Writing, English Teacher Education, and Game and Interactive Media Design programs (nationally ranked 6th, 11th, and 18th respectively). With an annual tuition of $46,690 per year, Saint Edward's University is very costly. 60.68% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to bring in more or less $46,500 per year, which is 12% over the national median.

Austin, TX

https://www.stedwards.edu

C+

Rating

88%

Acceptance

4,682

Students

#669

Ranking

$46,690

Tuition

Long Island University

#19 Best Colleges for Game and Interactive Media Design

Long Island University is a large private institution located in Brookville, NY ranked 84th in New York. It has a total of 11,530 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 80.09% of applicants. Long Island University offers 323 different majors and is best known for its Art Therapy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Occupational Therapy programs (nationally ranked 5th, 6th, and 7th respectively). With an annual tuition of $36,452 per year, Long Island University is rather pricey. 40.15% of students graduate starting the next stage of their lives, working. Open graduating, alumni go on to take home close to $49,000 per year, which is 18% over the national median.

Brookville, NY

www.liu.edu

C+

Rating

80%

Acceptance

17,703

Students

#758

Ranking

$36,452

Tuition

Laguna College of Art and Design

#20 Best Colleges for Game and Interactive Media Design

Laguna College of Art and Design is a very small private art school located in Laguna Beach, CA ranked 89th in California. It has a total of 764 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 80.97% of applicants. Laguna College of Art and Design offers 14 different majors and is best known for its Game and Interactive Media Design, Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects, and Illustration programs (nationally ranked 20th, 29th, and 32nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $31,600 per year, Laguna College of Art and Design is reasonably high-priced. 55.88% of students graduate moving on to the next phase of their lives, employment. After finishing college, alumni go on to bring in about $32,900 per year, which is 21% below the national median.

Laguna Beach, CA

www.lcad.edu

C+

Rating

81%

Acceptance

819

Students

#926

Ranking

$31,600

Tuition

University of Advancing Technology

#24 Best Colleges for Game and Interactive Media Design

University of Advancing Technology is a very small for-profit school of engineering and technology located in Tempe, AZ ranked 49th in Arizona. It has a total of 939 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, with a 87.43% acceptance rate. University of Advancing Technology offers 43 different majors and is best known for its Military Technologies, Computer Programming, and Game and Interactive Media Design programs (nationally ranked 10th, 16th, and 24th respectively). With an annual tuition of $16,701 per year, University of Advancing Technology is moderately priced. 28% of students graduate beginning the next chapter of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to earn close to $46,400 per year, which is 12% greater than the national median.

Tempe, AZ

www.uat.edu

D

Rating

87%

Acceptance

984

Students

#2703

Ranking

$16,701

Tuition