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Game Development Schools in California

There are five California schools offering game development programs. In 2010, 126 students graduated from programs at California game development schools. 105 of all these students graduated with bachelors degrees and 21 of all these students graduated with masters degrees.

Overview

95 students graduate from programs in California in game development, on average, each year. This accounts for about 13% of game development students who US schools graduate. More specifically, 105 students graduated with a bachelor's level degree in game development and 21 with a master's level degree.

Five game development schools are located in this state. Of these, five schools are private. Tuition at a private game development school varies from $14,317 to $28,690.

Average tuition for game development programs is $21,108. The highest tuition for game development programs, which is $28,690 per year, is at Holy Names University, while the lowest tuition in this state is at Westwood College-Los Angeles.

California schools offer bachelors degrees and masters degrees in game development.

Game Development Program Completions in California 2006 - 2010

95 students graduate from programs in California in game development, on average, each year. This accounts for about 13% of game development students who US schools graduate. More specifically, 105 students graduated with a bachelor's level degree in game development and 21 with a master's level degree.

Game Development Program Completions in California 2006 - 2010

  • Bachelor 2006: 2
  • Bachelor 2007: 31
  • Bachelor 2008: 38
  • Bachelor 2009: 65
  • Bachelor 2010: 105
  • Master 2006: 3
  • Master 2007: 4
  • Master 2008: 26
  • Master 2009: 27
  • Master 2010: 21

Game Development Program Availability in California

California schools offer a total of eight game development programs. Of these programs, approximately 75% are programs at the bachelor's level. The remaining programs are degrees at the masters level.

Game Development Program Availability in California

  • Bachelor: 6
  • Master: 2

Computer Programmers — Salary by Percentile

Computer Programmers — Salary by Percentile

  • 10th Percentile: 47820
  • 25th Percentile: 63970
  • Median: 83120
  • 75th Percentile: 104010
  • 90th Percentile: 124970

Software Developers, Applications — Salary by Percentile

Software Developers, Applications — Salary by Percentile

  • 10th Percentile: 62540
  • 25th Percentile: 79960
  • Median: 100840
  • 75th Percentile: 123910
  • 90th Percentile: 145710

Video Game Designers — Salary by Percentile

Video Game Designers — Salary by Percentile

  • 10th Percentile: 42130
  • 25th Percentile: 59680
  • Median: 82330
  • 75th Percentile: 105820
  • 90th Percentile: 128520

Computer Programmers — Employment Trend

Computer Programmers — Employment Trend

  • Median Salary 2006: 73610
  • Median Salary 2007: 76150
  • Median Salary 2008: 80220
  • Median Salary 2009: 81550
  • Median Salary 2010: 83120
  • Total Employed 2006: 35040
  • Total Employed 2007: 32950
  • Total Employed 2008: 33010
  • Total Employed 2009: 31230
  • Total Employed 2010: 34840

Software Developers, Applications — Employment Trend

Software Developers, Applications — Employment Trend

  • Median Salary 2006: 90140
  • Median Salary 2007: 94080
  • Median Salary 2008: 95520
  • Median Salary 2009: 100520
  • Median Salary 2010: 100840
  • Total Employed 2006: 84550
  • Total Employed 2007: 82410
  • Total Employed 2008: 73700
  • Total Employed 2009: 76960
  • Total Employed 2010: 78150

Video Game Designers — Employment Trend

Video Game Designers — Employment Trend

  • Median Salary 2006: 70080
  • Median Salary 2007: 73050
  • Median Salary 2008: 77360
  • Median Salary 2009: 78070
  • Median Salary 2010: 82330
  • Total Employed 2006: 29400
  • Total Employed 2007: 29970
  • Total Employed 2008: 30300
  • Total Employed 2009: 30840
  • Total Employed 2010: 24150

California vs National Game Development Employment

California vs National Game Development Employment

  • Employed in California: 13.498% (137140)

Game Development Schools in California

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1. California State University - Monterey Bay

100 Campus Center
Seaside, CA 93955-8001
(831) 582-3330

Founded in 1994, California State University-Monterey Bay is a public, 4-year, research institution. CSUMB is located in Seaside, California, where students can enjoy a rural setting. This public university offers 18 bachelors level degrees and seven degrees at the masters level to students. In 2010, 4,790 students pursued degrees from the 23 programs at this university. CSUMB offers subjects including business and game design. This university is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities. Cal State Monterey Bay is one of 28 research universities in California.

2. The Los Angeles Film School

6363 Sunset Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90028-7318
(877) 952-3456

Founded in 1999, the Los Angeles Film School is a for-profit 2-year institution. It is in the center of Hollywood. It offers students four associates level degrees. In 2010, 2,083 students sought degrees from the four programs at this small school. This school offers subjects including music production and sound engineering. It is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges.

3. Platt College - San Diego

6250 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA 92115-3919
(619) 265-0107

Founded in 1879, Platt College-San Diego is a for-profit 4-year institution. This school, which is 6.4 miles from the heart of downtown, is in San Diego, CA. It offers subjects including communications, animation, and video game design. Platt offers students five certificates, two degrees at the associates level, and one bachelors level degree. 360 students pursued degrees from the eight programs at PCSD in 2010. The Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges accredits this school.

4. Coleman University

8888 Balboa Ave
San Diego, CA 92123-1506
(858) 499-0202x12004

Founded in 1963, Coleman University is a 4-year institution. This school, which is 7.4 miles from the heart of downtown, is located in San Diego, CA. This school offers four certificates, five associates level degrees, six bachelors level degrees, and two masters level degrees to students. 644 students sought degrees from the eight programs at Coleman in 2010. It offers subjects including video game design, computer programming, and healthcare. The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools accredits this school.

5. Holy Names University

3500 Mountain Blvd
Oakland, CA 94619-1699
(510) 436-1000

Holy Names University offers one game development program and HNU, which is near the center of the city, is located in Oakland, CA. This very small school is the oldest institution in the state of California offering game development programs.

6. Mt Sierra College

101 E Huntington Dr
Monrovia, CA 91016
(626) 873-2144

Mt Sierra College is located in the suburbs of Monrovia, California and it offers one program in game development. This school is a for-profit 4-year institution. It is the ninth largest institution in the state of California offering game development.