Yes, you can get a four year degree in playing video games. These degrees combine features of a mass communication degree with an information systems degree with a tinge of art design thrown it. These degrees are very popular, and there are more and more jobs in the gaming industry. Or, you can start your own studio and produce your own games. California is a leading state for these schools since several major game manufacturers are located in the state, including Electronic Arts and Sony.
This major has become to encompass computer science courses, computer animation, computer graphics, programming music, and learning the other common software used to design today’s video games. You will need to be artistic and technologically savvy at the same time.
Several of the California State Univesity campuses now offer this major. Campuses that are offering it are San Bernadino, Monterey, Fresno, Fullerton and San Diego. Other choices in California are the University of Southern California (a private university in Los Angeles) and the Art Institute of California with their campuses in San Francisco, San Diego, and Los Angeles. The University of California system also has campuses with this degree including those at San Diego, Irvine, Los Angeles, Davis and Santa Cruz.
Schools in other states are Brown University in Rhode Island, Baylor University in Texas, DePaul University in Chicago, La Salle University in Philadelphia, Missouri State University at West Plains, North Carolina State University, Ohio University, Pennsylvania State University, the University of Utah, and the University of Texas at Dallas.
If you want a two year degree, there are many of those schools available as well. Check the junior colleges in your area. Most areas have at least one school that offers this major. Other more national schools that offer this degree are Art Institute, DeVry University, Digital Media Arts College, ITT Tech, and Westwood College.
Some schools even offer an excellerated degree or certificate that you can earn in one year. Other options are internet schools, which many of the schools listed above having this option also. As you can see video game design is a major that has plenty of growth for the future.