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Game Design Schools In California

California has 4 accredited game design schools where game design faculty who teach game design classes can find employment. The following statistics and charts help analyze the current state of the game design academic community in California, and the future trends in game design training at the following levels:


  1. Coleman University

    8888 Balboa Ave, San Diego, California 92123-1506

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
  2. University of Southern California

    University Park, Los Angeles, California 90089

    23 U.S. News National University Ranking
  3. Mt Sierra College

    101 E Huntington Dr, Monrovia, California 91016

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
  4. Los Angeles Film School

    6363 Sunset Blvd, Hollywood, California 90028-7318

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking



Professional Trends

California Vs. National Game Design Employment

California 145,280
National 1,054,840

Of all of the game design professionals in the country, nearly 14% are in the state of California.

Employment Growth for Game design professionals In California

33,630 35,550 37,680 34,380 145,280
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Actual Values

In California, the field of game design is growing. 111,650 more game design professionals were working in California in 2010, than there were in 2006. So, in four years, the number of game design professionals has grown by 332%. This growth is slower than the change in the number of game design professionals around the country. Nationally, the number of game design professionals has grown by 375% from 2006 to 2010.

Game Design VS. All Professions salaries in California

$72,995 $76,680 $79,620 $81,110 $87,580
$48,885 $52,410 $54,744 $56,285 $57,176
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Game Design
  • Dark Yellow: All Professions

In California, as the number of game design professionals is growing, the salaries earned by game design professionals are increasing. The mean salary for game design professionals in 2006 was $72,995 per year. And in 2010 the mean salary was $87,580 per year.

Salary percentiles for Game design professionals in California

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Thus, there was a 17% growth in game design professionals' salaries. This growth is mirrored by state trends for all professionals. Within the field of game design, there is a huge variation in pay, with the highest paid game design professionals earning 172% more money than those in the bottom 10% of the pay bracket in California state.

Average Salaries for Game design professionals and related professions in California

Computer Animation
Computer Programming
Computer Science
Game Design
Video Game Design
Visual Communications

Game design professionals in California earn, on average, more than their counterparts in related professions.

Educational Trends

Game Design programs available for each degree type for all schools in California


A majority of these graduates, or 50%, graduated with a bachelor's degree in game design.

Game Design Faculty Salaries in California

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