National Estimates for Video Game Designers
The BLS lists the states with the highest employment of video game designers (animators and multimedia artists) as California, New York, Washington, Texas and Illinois. The majority of those who have this education work in motion picture and video industries, computer systems design and related services or with software publishers. There are currently 29,270 animators and multimedia artists employed within the US. This means that those who have earned the necessary education in the state of Wisconsin have options and aren’t limited to their home state.
Training for Video Game Designers
Becoming a video game designer requires specialized training that typically comes from technical schools or colleges. The state of Wisconsin has several options when it comes to education for these professionals.
Madison Area Technical College offers up an animation program that will get video game designers pointed in the right direction. In the year 2012, there were 5 graduates of this program. Milwaukee Area Technical College also offers up an animation program where students can earn an associate’s degree. Other schools include the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, Madison Media Institute and Herzing University in Madison.
You can learn more about technical schools, including online course options, here.