List of Accredited Online Degrees

Online Game Design Degrees Teach Programming and Graphic Design
Video games are no longer just a pastime for teenagers and children, but have taken on a larger role in our society as technology has expanded. There are video games for every purpose these days—to educate children on certain subjects, to entertain people of all age-ranges, and to connect groups of people with a common interest. You no longer have to own an XBox or a Playstation to indulge in your favorite video games. Games are right at our fingertips, on practically any device you can imagine—our phones, ipads, PCs, and consoles. 

An online game design degree combines a knowledge of computer sciences and programming with a honed artistic focus. Individuals who pursue a career in multimedia art or animation pull from an array of technology and arts courses and work with a team to plan ideas for games and bring them to life across various platforms.

The game design profession may be competitive, but it is certainly fun and fulfilling for those whose passion lies in gaming development and technology.

THE CAREER PATH

Over half of the individuals in the game design industry have a bachelor’s degree, but there are certainly opportunities available for those with an associate’s.

While some individuals may come to game design from a background in computer science, others may come in from the multimedia arts market. Specialized programs in either field can lay the building blocks for an understanding of multimedia development and gaming components.

Whatever direction they come from, game designers need to be prepared to fulfill these types of roles as a professional:

  • Creating core game features such as storylines, roleplay mechanics, and character portfolios
  • Devising missions, challenges, or puzzles to be overcome during gameplay
  • Creating and managing documentation, production schedules, prototyping goals, and communication plans in collaboration with production staff
  • Preparing two-dimensional concept layouts or three-dimensional mock-ups
  • Writing or supervising the writing of game text and dialogue
  • Collaborating with artists to achieve the appropriate visual style

Those who are interested in this field should be prepared to establish a competitive portfolio when seeking employment, since this field is expecting the least growth among all of the computer sciences in the coming years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. However, salaries reward those who persevere in this field—a game designer earned an average of $85,240 in 2016.

WHO IS THE IDEAL CANDIDATE?

An online game design degree does not consist of just playing video games, but develops communication skills in team environments, knowledge of computer programming and coding, creativity, and time-management skills in order to meet deadlines.

A game design degree will ensure you’re a well rounded technology professional who can articulate and bring your creative ideas to life in a game. As state-of-the-art graphics and animation techniques are becoming the new standard for games, movies, advertisements, multi-media outlets and businesses, you must also be interested in graphic design, art, etc.

This career is perfect for you if you are just as passionate about the artistic components, as well as the programming concepts, behind gaming technology.

WHAT SHOULD I LOOK FOR?

Opportunities in game design typically demand a bachelor’s degree of professionals, and many employers look for a competitive portfolio of work and technical skills. A bachelor’s degree in computer graphics or animation is a good start when getting into the field of game design. Some universities offer programs that are specifically designed to expand your game development portfolio and may give you a leg up on the competition when applying to jobs.

For those who would like to broaden their opportunities, it might be beneficial to pursue a bachelor’s of computer sciences or fine arts, depending on your interest, in addition to a certificate in game design in order to acquire the knowledge of programs and applications specific to gaming platforms.

A specific online game design degree is a multifaceted blend of art, computer science and technology that will prepare students to develop 2D, 3D, first person perspective, third person perspective and top down perspective types of gaming scenarios. The core computer science courses are supplemented with specific programming language courses needed to lay the foundation for gameplay and graphics.

Whatever the program that you decide to take, make sure that you prepare yourself for a career in game design by electing for courses that cover topics such as:

  • Game Design, Theory, and Analysis
  • Character and Level Design
  • 3D Computer Animation Motion
  • Game Scripting
  • Discrete Mathematics 

Most colleges will offer these courses as part of a game-design program, as electives in conjunction with an alternative program, or as part of a certification course.

COST

An online bachelor’s in computer science costs just under $50,000, on average, as revealed in our Best Buy cost rankings. However, some schools are more affordable than others—and a degree for under $20,000 is possible if you do your research! In general, you can save more money by enrolling in a public vs private school or a school based in southern states. Click on a degree profile below to see the total tuition (including all fees). Keep in mind that books are not included in this estimate.


     Browse 61 online game design degree programs below.
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List of Accredited Online Degrees

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Bachelor of Science in Computer Animation

In this program, students learn what it takes to work on a variety of projects – from animated films and television series, to video games and motion graphics.  Course Highlight...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Bachelor
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    120
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Bachelor of Science in Game Art

This degree program focuses on the fundamentals of interactive graphics development – including character creation, environment and prop creation, the game production pipeline, in-game effec...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Bachelor
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    120
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Bachelor of Science in Game Design

Students learn production processes used by top studios to design and produce best-selling games while also honing their skills by studying the building blo...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Bachelor
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    120
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Master of Science in Mobile Gaming

This program allows students to explore the production processes used to produce content for mobile gaming platforms, such as character sketches, level design, story development, and other creativ...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    36
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Bachelor of Science in Information Technology / Gaming Design

The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology with a specialization in Gaming Design offered at Liberty University is designed for students interested in developing advancing their knowledge a...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Evangelical Christian

  • Degree Level:
    Bachelor
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    120
  • Credit Type:

Bachelor of Arts in Game Art & Development

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Bachelor
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    120
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Bachelor of Science in Game Programming & Development

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Bachelor
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    120
  • Credit Type:

Master of Science in Information Technology / Game Design & Development

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    12
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Serious Game Design and Research - Graduate Certificate

Michigan State University offers a graduate certificate in Serious Game Design and Research to students who hold a bachelor’s degree. Serious games are games designed for other purposes besi...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Public, 4-year or above
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    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Certificate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    1
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester

Associate of Science in Computer Science / Game Development-Design

Ocean County College’s online Associate of Science in Computer Science / Game Development-Design program prepares students to transfer to a four-year institution to obtain a Bachelor of Scie...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Public, 2-year
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Associate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    64
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Undergraduate Certificate in Web Developer Game Design

The Undergraduate Certificate in Web Developer Game Design from Riverland Community College can be a valuable asset for students' career opportunities and advancement potential. Students creat...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Public, 2-year
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Certificate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    19
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Bachelor of Science in Applied Arts & Science / Computer Graphics

Rochester Institute of Technology’s Bachelor of Science in Applied Arts & Science / Computer Graphics program allows students to create a customized degree with a focus on computer graph...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Bachelor
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    120
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Bachelor of Arts in Interactive Design and Game Development

Savannah College of Art and Design’s Bachelor of Arts in Interactive Design and Game Development program encompasses topics of typography, interactive web design, digital design aesthetics, ...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Bachelor
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    12
  • Credit Type:
    Per Quarter

Online Master of Arts in Interactive Design and Game Development

Savannah College of Art and Design's Master of Arts in Interactive Design and Game Development program includes courses such as: Contemporary Art, Interactive Design and Media Application...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    10
  • Credit Type:
    Per Course

Master of Fine Arts in Interactive Design and Game Development

Savannah College of Art and Design’s Master of Fine Arts in Interactive Design and Game Development includes courses such as: Typographic Communication, Integrated Design Media, Illustration...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    20
  • Credit Type:
    Per Course

Associate of Applied Science in Video Game Development

Yavapai College’s Associate of Applied Science in Video Game Development program gives students the knowledge and skills required for entry-level positions creating and designing intricate v...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Public, 2-year
  • Religious Affiliation:
    Not applicable
  • Degree Level:
    Associate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    60
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Undergraduate Certificate in Video Game Developer

Yavapai College’s Undergraduate Certificate in Video Game Developer program focuses on providing interested students with the necessary skills to develop gaming and media applications. Cours...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Public, 2-year
  • Religious Affiliation:
    Not applicable
  • Degree Level:
    Certificate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    18
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Bachelor of Science in Game Software Development

The online Bachelor of Computer Science in Game Software Development provides instruction in the core knowledge of software engineering emphasizing animation and gaming development.  Students...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private, Not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Bachelor
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    181
  • Credit Type:
    Per Quarter Credit

Game Studies Degree - Bachelor of Science

The Game Studies program from Bellevue University is an inclusive education in game design and development that covers an array of skills required by the quickly evolving game industry. These skil...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private, Not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Bachelor
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    127
  • Credit Type:

Bachelor of Science in Interactive Media Design

The online Bachelor of Science in Interactive Media Design prepares students to to apply technical and creative skills to manage the design and development process for interactive media projects, ...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Bachelor
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    124
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

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