The top five colleges for game development majors, as of March 2015, include the University of Southern California, the University of Utah, the DigiPen Institute of Technology, Drexel University and Hampshire College, according to the Princeton Review. Rounding out the top ten list are Worcester Polytechnic Institute, the Rochester Institute of Technology, the Art Institute of Vancouver, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and New York University. Any student looking to learn more about a particular university's game design program should speak with one of the school's educators or an admissions officer, as all programs vary slightly from school to school.
Additional schools offering strong bachelor's degree programs in video game design, as listed by The Princeton Review, include Shawnee State University, Michigan State University, Northeastern University, Oklahoma Christian University, the Savannah College of Art and Design, Champlain College, Becker College, the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Vancouver Film School and DePaul University.
The undergraduate degree in video and computer game design is typically based in computer science. The major looks at the importance of gaming from an economic and cultural perspective as well as how to create the best artistic senses in games by combining story and technical details. Most game design majors will spend time in courses that deal with digital media, computer engineering, narrative story structure, art and music.