Online Game Development Schools

Many game development classes can be completed from your home PC.

As video games become increasingly popular in the 21st century, many high school graduates are interested in pursuing a degree in video game design or development. While classes like this were once limited to a handful of educational institutes, the expansion of the industry has created the need for thousands of educated game developers—and colleges are stepping up to provide the classes needed for video game development and design. In order to make the programs even more accessible, many schools make these classes available online.

Full Sail University

Originally founded as a full-fledged college campus in 1979 in Orlando, Florida, Full Sail University has recently expanded to include a number of online bachelor’s degree programs. These include programs in computer animation, game art, game development and digital arts and design. A master’s degree program in game design is also offered through Full Sail University’s online campus.

Full Sail University

3300 University Boulevard

Winter Park, FL 32792


Westwood College

Westwood College offers students the chance to explore various aspects of professional game design in either its School of Technology or its School of Design. Programs available through the School of Technology include game software development and information technology, while the School of Design offers online degree programs in animation, game art and graphic design and multimedia. Although these degrees can be completed solely online, Westwood College does have physical campuses in several different states.

Westwood College, Anaheim Campus

1551 S. Douglass Road

Anaheim, CA 92806

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Game Institute

The Game Institute offers comprehensive game development education with programs geared toward both beginners and those who already have experience in the field. Beginner courses include C++ programming for game developers and graphics programming with DirectX. Advanced courses include artificial intelligence for game developers, game mathematics and game physics.

Game Institute

New York, New York

University of Advancing Technology

UAT-Online is a complementary online program available to students at the University of Advancing Technology, but many degrees in the field of video game design can be completely solely online. Bachelor of science programs with majors in advancing computer science and game programming are available, as are bachelor of arts degrees in game art and animation, game design and virtual modeling and design.

University of Advancing Technology

2625 West Baseline Road

Tempe, AZ 85283


McKinley College

The online game development program offered by McKinley College is meant for students who want to pursue an associate’s degree in video game development. The college’s game development program teaches students about 3D game engines, graphics and animation, gaming platforms and sound and music.

McKinley College

2001 Lowe St.

Fort Collins, CO 80525