July 21, 2017
A recent study performed by the Animation Career Review
recognized NC State's Game Design Program in the Department of Computer Science among the top 30%
of all schools considered. Nationally, NC State was ranked 39th, and 13th
among public schools. The department was also placed in the 7th spot
when evaluating schools in the South.
While considering hundreds of schools in the United States
that offered programs geared towards animation or game design, the Animation Career Review incorporated school surveys into the information gathering
and evaluation process. Information was also requested about specific programs
from each school, as well as each school’s individual perspective regarding
which programs they considered to be the most impressive. If information could
not be obtained directly from the school, necessary information was obtained
from the school’s web site or other reputable publications.
The rankings were ultimately evaluated by academic
reputation, admission selectivity, depth and breadth of the program, value as
it relates to tuition and indebtedness, and geographic location.
NC State’s unique program offers students opportunities
unlike many others including courses taught in both the top engineering and
design colleges. In addition, students have access to award winning library
facilities with various technologies to utilize including game rooms, new
hardware, and an impressive collection of games.
Arnav Jhala, Associate
Professor of Computer Science at NC State, enjoys watching students matriculate
through the program and flourish in the professional world.
“Graduates are trained as excellent software developers and
designers, and land jobs at large international companies like Epic Games,
dynamic North Carolina game studios like Spark Plug Games, or start-ups they
found themselves, like Mighty Rabbit Studios.”
Students with a concentration in gaming are not only given
a solid foundation of computer science education, but are able to focus on game
design and development courses specifically. Computer graphics, artificial
intelligence, and human-computer interaction are a few of many courses
specifically geared towards students interested in gaming.
For more information on the Concentration in Game Development in the Computer Science undergraduate program, please click here.