School and Ranking Information
Game development is a relatively new and growing specialty in the field of computer applications and programming. In and around Atlanta, many of the schools offering game development programs are for-profit universities - only a couple of public 2-year colleges have such programs. Based upon the variety of degree and certificate options offered and the practical, real-world focus of the coursework, the following 2-year public school is one of the top Atlanta-area choices for training in this field:
- Winner: Gwinnett Technical College (GTC) is located east of Atlanta in Lawrenceville. Students at the school can pursue a certificate, diploma or associate's degree in game development. GTC is one of the largest technical schools in Georgia and offers many of its courses online.
School Info Chart
|Category||Gwinnett Technical College|
|School Type||2-year, public|
|Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)|| Undergraduate:
|Game Development Degrees Offered||Certificate, Diploma, Associate|
|Game Development Degrees and Certificates Awarded in 2012-2013||15*|
|Most Popular Game Development Program Level Awarded in 2012-2013||Certificate (7 awarded)*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010 Entering Class||18%*|
|Noteworthy||State-of-the-art gaming labs; Advisory Board comprised of IT professionals from companies such as Microsoft, IBM and Cisco Systems|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
Gwinnett Technical College
- Wide range of available scholarships
- Student Chapter of the Association for Information Technology Professionals
- Real-world focused advising
Founded in 1984, Gwinnett Technical College currently offers around 150 programs in over 50 program areas to roughly 20,000 students each year. GTC has nine academic divisions, ranging from Art and Design to Nursing. Game development is housed in the Computer Science Division, which additionally offers programs in areas such as computer programming, information systems, website design and networking.
GTC students may pursue one of three options in game development. The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) and the Diploma in Game Development are minimally 5-semester programs. The AAS program requires completion of 66 credit hours of general education and core game programming classes, while the diploma program includes 49 credit hours of core game development coursework.
The Game Developer certificate program is a 4-semester, 32-credit hour program, and requires acceptance into either the game development diploma or associate's program unless prerequisites have already been met. Core game development classes include C++ and Python programming languages, artificial intelligence, and game physics.