What is the top game design program in Alabama for 2021?
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Our 2021 ranking of the top game design school program in Alabama. For an explanation of the ranking criteria, click here.
University of Alabama Huntsville (UAH) was founded in 1950 as University of Alabama Huntsville Center. Enrollment was 137 students and the school’s 10 freshmen-level classes cost just $4 per credit hour. Today, the school serves 10,000 students enrolled in 88 degree programs in more than 100 areas of study in nine colleges. UAH also has 16 different research centers, laboratories, and institutes. Programs for aspiring game designers are offered in two colleges.
The College of Science, Department of Computer Science offers a BS in Computer Science with an Entertainment Computing (Gaming and Entertainment Computing) Concentration and a 24 credit hour Minor in Entertainment Computing. The College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences’ Department of Art, Art History, & Design offers a Game Design and Development Minor consists of 18 credit hours of computer science courses, three in dramatic media elements, and three in math. Course selections are identical to those for the BS program.
Course highlights for the BS in Computer Science with an Entertainment Computing Concentration include Advanced Computer Graphics, Animation: Modeling, Artificial Intelligence for Games & Simulation, Game Engines and Level Development, Technology for Multimedia and Gaming, and Video Game Design and Programming.
The Game Design and Development Minor in the Department of Art, Art History, & Design is an interdisciplinary program “for students interested in exposure to the full video game production pipeline,” says the school. “Students will learn the technical tools, design, critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and analytical skills necessary in the production of video games from faculty in Art, Art History, & Design, Computer Science, English, and Music, and will be able to understand and effectively communicate between disciplines.”
Graduates of the Game Programs at UAH are prepared to seek entry- to mid-level positions in game design and development, software development, multimedia and animation, and many other industries.