Located in Redmond, Washington (near Seattle), former students always give rave reviews about Digipen Institute of Technology.  Not the easiest school to get into, and they do throw a lot of hard technical and programming information at you, as well as the graphics.  They have partnerships with a lot of high profile companies in computer gaming and console gaming, and they routinely visit the campus to meet with future graduates.  Top companies such as Sony, Nintendo, Blizzard, Sega, and Microsoft Games Studio actively recruit from Digipen.  This should be near the top of your list if you're interested in pursuing a career in game design.

The following is from the Digipen website:
DigiPen Institute of Technology is authorized to offer computer science, computer engineering and fine arts degree programs related to the field of digital interactive entertainment technology. Specifically, the majority of DigiPen students are pursuing serious careers in the video game industry.  Long considered a leader in the field, DigiPen continues to provide students with an excellent curriculum, knowledgeable faculty, strong industry connections and a cohort of highly intelligent students who share a passion for the work.
DigiPen Institute of Technology
5001-150Th Ave NE
Redmond WA
Financial Aid (425) 895-4446
Admissions (425) 895-4438
About Digipen Institute Of Technology:
Digipen Institute Of Technology: Redmond, Washington, USA
Digipen Institute Of Technology
Campus Locations:
Redmond, Washington.
Art/ Animation Related Courses Available:
Interactive Simulation, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, 3D Computer Animation, Fine Arts.
Degree Programs At Digipen Institute Of Technology:

DigiPen is a school dedicated to computer science instruction as it applies to real-time interactive simulation programming (R.T.I.S.), computer engineering and 3D computer animation.

Successful graduates of our programs gain the skills required to pursue careers in the rapidly growing world of computer technologies in general and computer graphics and simulations in particular. We provide an innovative and pioneering combination of practical hands-on project experience with strong academics. DigiPen also encourages enrolled students to apply their learning in a variety of ways. Some students receive the opportunity to teach in our Summer Workshop program, while others pursue internships with game development companies like Nintendo, Sierra, and Moral Productions. We offer several degree programs:

Mathematics, Science, and Engineering

Bachelor of Science in Real-Time Interactive Simulation
Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering
Master of Science in Computer Science
Art and Animation

Associate of Applied Arts in 3D Computer Animation
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Production Animation
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