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BA in Game Design

Program Overview

A Top-Ranked Online Game Design Degree Program

Gain the background you need for a career in a game studio environment. Through a curriculum that only requires basic programming skills to start, you can develop your skills using game engines like Unreal and Unity.

Gain the background you need for a career in a game studio environment. Through a curriculum that only requires basic programming skills to start, you can develop your skills using game engines like Unreal and Unity.

At a Glance

$450

per credit hour

120

credit hours

24-48

months to complete

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As you’re making your decision about pursuing an online degree, you are likely to have questions. From program information to details about the application process, we’re here to help you find the answers you need.

Create the Next Big Game

Gain the skills to enter a growing and competitive field with the online Bachelor of Arts in Game Design program from Lindenwood University. As you learn from experienced faculty who understand the dynamic nature of the industry, you will prepare for a career in a game studio environment.

Our online game design degree program teaches you key topics that include advanced game design and production. You will explore what it takes to develop games from conception to application, including storytelling and character development. The relevant curriculum also covers aesthetics, immersion, usability, and game economics.

Only basic programming knowledge is required when you earn your game design degree online. In addition, you will have the opportunity to learn on two- and three-dimensional game engines such as Unreal and Unity.

This program is ranked as No. 1 by The Best Schools for the “Best Online Bachelor’s in Game Design Program“s and No. 2 on Best Colleges’ list of the “Best Online Bachelor’s in Video Game Design Programs“.

Awards and Accolades

2019 Best Game Design Program by Intelligent Badge

2019 Best Online Bachelor's in Video Game Design by BestColleges Badge

2019 Best Online Colleges for Video Game Design by Successfulstudent.org Badge

2019 Best Online Programs for Bachelor in Game Design by TheBestSchools.org Badge

2019 Best Online Programs for Bachelor's in Multimedia Design by TheBestSchools.org Badge

Transfer Your Credits

We don’t want the college credits you have already earned to go to waste. At Lindenwood Online, we offer a generous credit transfer policy for our undergraduate programs. You can even complete your degree in as few as 30 credit hours taken within the Lindenwood University system.

In addition, we have partnerships with area community colleges, which allow credits to be counted toward your general education requirements.

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A Curriculum Designed to Help You Succeed

Through our online game design degree program, you will gain key competencies that will help you excel in this evolving field.

After completing your general education requirements, you will explore 30 credit hours of foundational courses in areas such as design, visual storytelling, and game development. You will select 21 credit hours of art and design or game electives. This program also requires the completion of a capstone course.

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Admission Requirements

To apply to our online game design degree program, you must submit the following:

  • Online application
  • All official transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended. If you have fewer than 24 college credits, you will need to submit your official high school transcript.

If cumulative college GPA is below a 2.0, the following will also be required:

  • Résumé
  • Letter of intent/personal statement (1–2 page document indicating your interest in the program and Lindenwood)

What It’s Like to Study Online

Being an online student doesn’t mean that you will sacrifice access to the tools, resources, support, and community that you would have through a traditional on-campus program. In fact, you will still get the college experience — just at an affordable price from the comfort of your home.

Find out more about what it’s like to study online at Lindenwood.

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Cost to Attend

We strive to provide a high-quality online education at an affordable price. Our online game design degree program is offered at just $450 per credit hour.

In addition, we offer the opportunity to transfer previously earned college credits, financial assistance, and U.S. military benefits.

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Program Outcomes

  • Effectively create two- and three-dimensional games from the character development stages through production and application
  • Understand the various genres of games, along with the basic psychology related to gaming
  • Exhibit skills in using design software to create vector graphics and animation

Career Outlook

Some of the potential career paths you may pursue after earning your game design degree online include:

  • Multimedia artist or animator: $72,520
  • Art director: $92,780
  • Concept artist: $52,839

Median annual salary information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and PayScale.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are the answers to some of the questions we are commonly asked.

Yes. We don’t want the college credits you have already earned to go to waste. At Lindenwood Online, we offer a generous credit transfer policy for our undergraduate programs. You can even complete your degree in as few as 30 credit hours taken within the Lindenwood University system. Your transfer credits must meet minimum GPA requirements and be applicable to this program’s curriculum and general education coursework.

Upon graduating from our game programming degree online, you can pursue a variety of careers within the game design industry. Some potential roles include animator, art director, video game programmer, or audio programmer.

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