Earn a Bachelors Degree in
Game Art, Game Design & Engineering

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Become a Dragon Slayer in Game Design

Build the Games You Want to Play

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Our Game Design & Development department stands as a creative powerhouse, having clinched a spot among The Princeton Review’s Top 25 Schools for Game Design.

We’ll equip you with essential theoretical, technical, and business knowledge to conquer the gaming industry. Employers seek talent that masterfully blends creativity and technical wizardry, precisely where our unique specialization shines. We’re all about merging the best of both worlds, fostering a new generation of innovative game developers.

At USV, personalized attention and hands-on mentoring take center stage. Consider us not just educators but your companions in the gaming trenches—guiding every step of your journey. You can choose between a Bachelor in Game Art, a Bachelor in Game Design, or a Bachelor in Game Engineering and enjoy a mentor-focused approach, as well as a curriculum that adapts to unleash your distinct abilities.

Join Our Alumni Ranks

USV gaming alumni have gone on to work at some of the most prestigious studios in the video game industry. 

Gaming Degree Programs

Bachelor of Arts in Game Art

Offered On-Campus & Online
Get ready to unleash your artsy side in our Bachelor of Arts in Game Art program! We'll equip you with the fundamental skills needed to conquer the game development industry. Dive into art theory, design skills, and game design principles in a hands-on and highly technical adventure! It’s game on for game art.

Bachelor of Arts in Game Design

Offered On-Campus & Online
XP for your degree. Welcome to the ultimate game design playground! In our Bachelor of Arts in Game Design program, we'll immerse you in a hands-on, collaborative adventure. Get ready to dive into your game design classes, learn theoretical design concepts, and master practical skills like storytelling, programming, level design, and quality assurance.

Bachelor of Science in Game Engineering

Offered On-Campus & Online
Gear up for a wild ride in our Bachelor of Science in Game Engineering program at the University of Silicon Valley! We'll teach you the secret sauce of development and design processes, equipping you for awesome jobs in various computing fields. We'll help you to learn how to code video games, armed with the tools and concepts employers crave! We’re game. Are you?

Tech Pack™
Your Essential Creative Toolkit

Picture this: Your files, multimedia masterpieces, and coursework are all at your fingertips, 24/7. That’s the magic of Tech Pack™, available exclusively for Gaming Degrees and Audio Certificate & Diploma students.

What’s in the box? A sleek laptop and media creation software tailored to your program, keeping you in sync with the ever-evolving industry standards. And it’s yours to keep after you graduate, setting you up for success in the future. Whether you’re crafting the next big game or working on mind-blowing multimedia projects, Tech Pack™ has your back.

The exact components of your Tech Pack™ might vary based on what’s available when we ship it out. No worries – it’s all part of your total education cost. Oh, and about the software? You’ll need to do a quick download using your USV email. Just a heads-up, there might be a small cost involved. Keep it in the loop!

What's included*:

*Pricing and package specifications are subject to change.

Gaming Student Work

Create Projects
for the Pros

Potential Gaming Career Options

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Game Art

  • 2D Animator
  • 2D Artist
  • 3D Animator
  • 3D Modeler
  • Character Artist
  • Concept Artist
  • Environment Artist
  • Game Designer
  • Level Designer
  • Narrative Designer
  • Game Writer
  • Content Editor
  • Producer
  • Quality Assurance (QA) Tester
  • Technical Artist
  • Texture Artist 

Game Design

  • Game Designer
  • Level Designer
  • Narrative Designer
  • Game Writer
  • Content Editor
  • Producer
  • Quality Assurance (QA) Tester

Game Engineering

  • Computer Programmers
  • Software Developers, Applications
  • Software Developers, Systems Software 
Ready to git gud at game design?

Get Your Gaming Degree
On-Campus or Online

Our Game Design & Development programs are available on-campus or 100% online. Whether taking classes at the USV campus or learning from the comfort of your own home, you will experience the multiplayer support of our award-winning curriculum. 

Learn more about getting a career in Game Design & Development

It's Never too Late to Reset Your Skill Tree

Real World Learning.
For Reels.

In Game Studio, students work in teams for external clients, adding actual games that ship to their portfolio. Project-based learning leads to real-world results. 

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