Where do you go to school to major in video game programming?

For the third year in a row, The Princeton Review names the University of Southern California as the top school in the nation for studying Video Game Design – both the graduate and undergraduate programs. The program is a joint effort between the Interactive Media Division in the USC School of Cinematic Arts and the Computer Science Department in the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. According to Princeton Review, Michael Zyda, Professor of Computer Science in the Viterbi School of Engineering and Director of USC’s GamePipe Laboratory says that the school’s graduates have developed games reaching over 436 million players.

The top 10 undergraduate schools to study video game design for 2012 are:

  • University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)
  • University of Utah (Salt Lake City, UT)
  • DigiPen Institute of Technology (Redmond, WA)
  • The Art Institute of Vancouver (Vancouver, BC)
  • Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, NY)
  • Shawnee State University (Portsmouth, OH)
  • Savannah College of Art and Design (Savannah, GA)
  • University of New Mexico (Albuquerque, NM)
  • Becker College (Worcester, MA)

The top graduate schools to study video game design for 2012 are:

  • University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, NY)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)
  • University of Central Florida (Orlando, FL)
  • Southern Methodist University (SMU) (Plano, TX)
  • Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • Savannah College of Art and Design (Savannah, GA)
  • DigiPen Institute of Technology (Redmond, WA)
  • Univ. of California, Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz, CA)
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