The U.S. is now the number one video game market in the world. The industry in the U.S. employs hundreds of thousands of employees, with more than 200,000 game designers alone. In addition, analysts expect the game industry to generate more than $68 billion in 2012 and according to O*Net OnLine, employment is expected to increase by three to six percent between now and 2020. Other reports predict an even greater increase in employment by year 2018.
As the industry grows, the demand for top talent will grow as well. To meet the demand, many traditional colleges and universities now offer a variety of programs for aspiring game designers & developers. Artists can enter the field with a degree in Interactive Entertainment, Interactive Design, Computer Science with a Game Design Concentration, and other similar degrees. In the state of North Carolina, several schools offer programs such as these and they all made the list of “Best Schools” for 2012.
North Carolina’s best schools made the cut based on factors such as peer assessment, financial resources, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources (such as class size), and student selectivity. While a number of North Carolina’s best schools are located in principal cities such as Charlotte and Raleigh, we also found a few in smaller cities and towns such as Greenville and Wilmington. To learn more, browse through our list below to review some of the best game design & development school programs in North Carolina and what they have to offer.
Best Game Design & Development School Programs North Carolina
North Carolina State University - Degrees Offered: Bachelor of Graphic Design; Bachelor of Art and Design, New Media and Animation; B. S. Computer Science – Game Development; Master of Graphic Design ; Master of Art and Design with Animation/New Media Concentration
East Carolina University - Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Art with Concentration in Graphic Design, Animation/Interactive Design, Illustration; M. F. A. Art with Concentration in Graphic Design, Illustration
Other Programs for Game Design & Development Artists
University of North Carolina at Wilmington - Degrees Offered: B. S. Computer Science with Concentration in Digital Arts
More Programs to Consider:
- Atlanta, Georgia; Savannah, Georgia; Lacoste, France; and SCAD eLearning