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Video Game Design Schools

As a professor or instructor of video game design classes at one of the 321 accredited video game design schools in the country, you play a notable role in shaping the education, and, in effect, the future of this growing field. The graphs, statistics and analysis below outline the current state and the future direction of academia in video game design, which encompasses video game design training at the following levels:

  • Video Game Design Certificate
  • Associates degree in Video Game Design
  • Bachelors degree in Video Game Design
  • Masters degree in Video Game Design


Professional Trends

National Employment growth for Video game design professionals

217,140 230,520 240,790 229,670 1,051,700
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Dark Yellow: Actual Values

In 2010, 1,051,700 video game design professionals were working in the US. The number of video game design professionals has grown by 384% between 2006 and 2010.

This growth is faster than the growth for all careers during the same time period. There was a 1% decline for all careers.

National Salary percentiles for Video game design professionals

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Nationally, the median yearly salary earned by video game design professionals was $65,295 in 2010. The median yearly salary for video game design professionals in the US was 2% more than that for all professions, which was $68,155 per year.

National Median Salary Growth For Video Game Design

$45,625 $47,915 $49,365 $50,715 $65,295
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Salaries

Video game design professionals' salaries have seen a 43% growth from the year 2006 to the year 2010.

Educational Trends

National Video Game Design Student enrollment growth by degree

397 415 477 622 735
1,311 1,796 2,599 2,824 3,126
0 0 0 0 0
191 203 215 185 281
136 180 249 417 462
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Associate's Degree in Video Game Design
  • Blue: Bachelor's Degree in Video Game Design
  • Red: Doctorates Degree in Video Game Design
  • Light blue: Master's Degree in Video Game Design
  • Grey: Certificate in Video Game Design

We are seeing a rapid change in the career outlook for video game design professionals. And the story on the educational front is similar. In the US, 2,035 students graduated from video game design degree programs in 2006. And in 2010, 4,604 students graduated from video game design schools.

This represents a 126% change in the number of graduates. This growth in the number of students graduating from video game design courses is greater than the 12% growth nationally for students graduating from institutions of higher learning in general.

Video Game Design Programs offered Nationwide


The number of schools offering video game design programs has decreased.

Video Game Design Faculty Salaries

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