LCAD Ranked Among 5 Most Affordable Online MFAs in Multimedia Design

Laguna College of Art and Design’s (LCAD) Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program in Game Design has been ranked among the five most affordable online master's in multimedia design by Grad School Hub. The ranking was published on the organization's website in July. Laguna College of Art and Design was ranked third overall, ahead of Harvard University and Rochester Institute of Technology.


This ranking was created using the National Center for Education Statistics' College Navigator database. From a list of accredited colleges and universities offering advanced online degree programs related to digital, web, and multimedia design/management, the top five most affordable schools were ranked based on in-state graduate tuition/fees.


Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) was founded in 1961 as the Laguna Beach School of Art. Since its founding, LCAD has grown significantly to include nine undergraduate majors, three graduate degree programs, seven minors, and a Post-Baccalaureate program. LCAD's campus also has grown to include seven sites throughout Laguna Canyon and Laguna Beach that accommodate its student population of more than 600 full-time students. LCAD is now one of the leading colleges of art and design in the country.


"Our Game Design program will develop your creative skills and enhance your potential as a game designer, developer, and entrepreneur," says Jonathan Burke, LCAD President. "We are honored to have our online Game Design MFA included in this ranking by Grad School Hub."


LCAD's MFA program in Game Design is an online 2-year terminal MFA degree. Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and organized by Sandy Appleöff Lyons, the 60-unit multimedia master's curriculum uses a low-residency format to minimize California trips during courses like “Game Mechanics Analysis,” “Comparative Engine Technology,” and “Game Narrative.”


Industry partners, including Microsoft and USC’s GamePipe Laboratory provide cutting-edge tools for completing the thesis game.