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July 21, 2017

NC State Computer Science Game Design Rankings on the Rise

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.



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