The State of Texas is home to 252 Title IV degree-granting institutions. The Lone Star State has the fourth largest number of colleges in the country, and it is home to some of the most respected academic institutions in the world. Just a few include Texas Tech, Rice University, Texas A&M, University of Texas at Austin, and University of Texas at Dallas.
Many of the state’s best schools are surprisingly affordable, while others are considered expensive. The good news is, it doesn’t matter if a school is $40,000 per year or $4,000, if it has Title IV status it is eligible for federal financial aid programs. This makes even the most expensive schools accessible to students with varying levels of financial need.
To become a Title IV school, an institution must have met five requirements established by the U.S. Department of Education. They must (1) have accreditation recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (2) grant an associate's degree or higher, (3) offer a program of at least 300 clock hours in length, (4) be in business for at least two years, and (5) sign a participation agreement with the Department.
Texas is home to more than 20 Title IV’s that offer top-rated art and design programs. Several offer top-tier game design and development programs. Continue reading to find out which Texas schools have the best programs for aspiring game designers and developers, and what you can expect to pay.
Most Expensive Texas Game Design & Development Schools
Southern Methodist University, Dallas - Tuition Information: Undergraduate $48,190 for the 2015-2016 school year.
University of Texas at Dallas, Dallas - Tuition Information: Undergraduate residents $10,684 ($5,342 per semester), nonresidents $26,954 ($13,477 per semester) for the 2014-2015 school year.
Least Expensive Texas Game Design & Development Schools
University of Houston – Victoria, Victoria - Tuition Information: Undergraduate residents $3,804 (22 credit hours), nonresidents $11,768 for the 2014-2015 school year.
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Texas Game Design & Development Scene
According to the Texas Film Commission, “Texas has played a major role in the computer and video game industry since the 1980's, and continues to remain a hub for production. Texas has the second largest concentration of game companies in the U.S., with more than 155 development and publishing companies throughout the state providing around 4,000 full-time jobs.” Game designers here earn competitive salaries overall, and even more in larger cities. The average salary for game designers statewide is around $99,000 per year, but in Houston the average salary is $116,000 per year and in Dallas the average salary is $105,000 per year.
A few of Texas’s most popular gaming companies are:
- BioWare Austin, Austin
- Blizzard Entertainment, Austin
- Epic Software Group, Houston
- GameStop, Grapevine
- Gearbox Software, Dallas/Fort Worth
- Replay Games, Austin
Texas is also home to more than 2,600 technology firms, as well as thousands of creative agencies, production studios, and mobile communication companies. In addition to one of the highest number of employment options for game designers and developers, Texas has one of the largest collections of major cities with a population of more than 250,000.
Aspiring designers and developers may find some of the best job opportunities in major cities such as: Houston (the nation’s 4th largest city), San Antonio (the nation’s 7th largest city), Dallas (the nation’s 9th largest city), Austin (the nation’s 11th largest city), Fort Worth (the nation’s 17th largest), El Paso (the nation’s 19th largest), Arlington (the nation’s 50th largest city), and Corpus Christi. If you prefer a slower pace, other worthy options include Grapevine (home of GameStop), Kerrville (home of Schreiner University), Galveston, Lockport, and LaGrange.
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