The award for best value of a game design goes to Baker College for its game software development bachelor's degree program. Baker College's program is ranked No. 15 on GetEducated.com's list of the top 29 affordable colleges for computer science programs. Students enrolled in the game software development program at Baker get more for their money than they would at other online colleges and universities that offer the degree.
Rasmussen College knows that most students have obligations that extend beyond the virtual classroom. To help students balance their education with their personal and work responsibilities, Rasmussen works hard to keep their class schedules and curriculums flexible. As a result, the college has received A+ rankings in flexibility from CliffsNotes and College Prowler. That dedication has earned Rasmussen the award for flexibility.
The Art Institute of Pittsburgh receives the award for best game design school for career support, due to the services it provides students both before and after graduation. College Prowler gave the Institute an A for providing services like resume critiques, job searches, and interview preparation to its students. The Institute also utilizes webcam technology to give students the opportunity to have career counselors critique their interview skills.
According to the Online Education Database, Rasmussen College awards 100% of its students with financial aid. This has earned the college a ranking of No. 1 on the Database, and that dedication to providing its students with an equal opportunity for education has earned it the award for best financial support.
Though online schools depend on technology as the medium through which they offer classes, some schools are better than others when it comes to providing students with technology support. With a ranking of No. 8 on College Prowler's list of top schools for best technology support, the Art Institute of Pittsburgh has gained our notice for being the best game design school for technology support. With strong tech teams that are available for a long window of time each day, the Institute stands out among other game design schools.
When it comes to online classes, it's important for colleges and universities to ensure that their students are engaged in their course work despite the distance component. Bellevue University accomplishes that feat by requiring instructors to provide 10 office hours a week and ensuring that student emails receive a response within 48 hours. Faculty members also track student sign-ins to ensure that they are tackling their assignments. It received a ranking of No. 1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of top online bachelor's degree programs for student engagement and assessment, and therefore earns the award for best student engagement.
Schools are required to provide disability support for their students, and many schools have systems in place through which students can seek help if they need it. However, Loyola University goes above and beyond other schools by providing forms and information on their website in an easily accessible manner. It also has an appeals process and a confidentiality disclosure, both of which can be accessed over the Internet. Those accessible amenities have earned Loyola University the award for best online game design school for disability support.
Library and Research Support
Baker College receives the award for best online game design school for library and research support, as its library website is an easy-to-use online resource that provides multiple options for searching for books and periodicals. The library also has a forum through which students can ask librarians questions, and which provides a promise of a response within three hours during library hours. Students also have the option of texting librarians or contacting them via the contact page.
Out of all online game design schools, Bellevue University has the best learning support for its students, providing live tutoring options for students that need extra help with their classes. It's ranked No. 43 on U.S. News & World Report's top online bachelor's degree programs for student services. As it is also ranked No. 1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of top online schools for student engagement and assessment due to the faculty's involvement in student education, it receives the award for best learning support.
Academy of Art University wins the award for best online game design school for faculty credentials, as it requires its instructors to receive training in how to teach online classes. The Academy funds that training, and has earned a ranking of No. 50 on U.S. News & World Report's top online bachelor's degree programs for faculty credentials and training. A whopping 39% of Academy instructors have two or more years of online teaching experience.
Bellevue University exceeds expectations in the area of faculty accessibility. With student-to-teacher ratios of 23-to-1, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, class sizes are manageable, which makes it easy for faculty members to stay involved in their students' education. U.S. News & World Report states that Bellevue professors hold 10 office hours each week and track sign-ins to ensure that students are participating in classes.
Full Sail University continues to offer support for its students even after they graduate, and for that reason, it receives the award for best online game design school for alumni engagement. The school alumni website provides career resources and the opportunity for students to establish professional networks. Students can also interact with each other through online profiles.
Prior Learning Options
Bellevue University wants to make sure students get the college credits that they deserve, and therefore provides multiple opportunities for students to earn credit. In addition to taking classes, students can transfer credits, earn credits for experience, get credit for military training, and acquire credits by passing exams. These options earn Bellevue the award for best game design school for prior learning.
New Online Student Orientation
The Academy of Art earns the award for best game design school for new online student orientation. The Academy provides orientation and tutorial materials on their website, which enables students to access them at all times. Rather than requiring students to travel to learn about their classes and the online platform, students can do so from the comfort of their own homes, whenever it is convenient.