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Want To Enroll In A Video Game College Program? You've Got More Options Than Ever

by Matt Helgeson on Sep 11, 2014 at 03:00 PM

A new study by the Entertainment Software Association shows an explosion in the number of colleges and universities that offer video-game related degree programs.

According to the ESA, which maintains a full list of all video game higher educational programs in the U.S. on its website, the are now 390 colleges, universities, and other institutions that offer game-related degree programs.

There are now game programs in all 50 states, with the largest number (73) being located in California. The total of 390 is an increase of the 254 that were available in 2009. This rapid growth is impressive, and indicates a growing demand and need for game-industry related training.

[Source: ESA via]

Our Take:
For many students, these educational programs are a great way to go down the path of game development. However, it's important to note that all game degrees are not created equal - and some are even flat-out substandard. Also, the elements of game design are very challenging and not for everyone. It's important to know what's right for you, and also use easily available mod tools to experiment on your own before you spend tens of thousands of dollars on an expensive degree.