School Options for Game Design in Denver, CO
Individuals interested in game design and development training in Denver have two public school options, both about 20 minutes from downtown. This article explores those two schools and their game design program offerings. A table of information about the schools is included, allowing prospective students to get an idea about the schools' enrollment, tuition, acceptance percentages and graduation rates.
- Arapahoe Community College offers an associate's degree program in game design and development. This public school is about 12 miles from downtown Denver in Littleton, CO.
- Red Rocks Community College is in Lakewood, about 11 miles from downtown. The college offers a certificate and an associate's degree program in game development.
Comparison of Schools
This table contains information that individuals should know as they decide on a school for training in game design and development.
|Arapahoe Community College||Red Rocks Community College|
|School Type||2-year; public||4-year, primarily associate's; public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||12,421*||7,355*|
|Campus Setting||Large suburb||Midsize city|
|Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)||$36,76 for in-district; $3,677 for in-state; $14,441 for out-of-state*||$4,008 for in-state; $14,773 for out-of-state*|
|% of First-Year, Full-Time Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2016-2017)||58%*||50%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||Open admissions*||Open admissions*|
|Retention Rate (2016-2017)||58% for full-time students; 45% for part-time students*||49% for full-time students; 40% for part-time students*|
|Graduation Rate||26% (23% transfer-out rate) for students who started in 2014*||26% (32% transfer-out rate) for students who started in 2011*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.
Arapahoe Community College
Arapahoe Community College offers an associate's degree program in game design and development that can prepare graduates for entry-level employment in the gaming industry. Individuals may seek jobs as game artists, game developers, computer programmers or graphic designers, or they may pursue work in other related career fields.
Associate of Applied Science in Game Design and Development
This program teaches students programming skills based on an industry-standard gaming engine. They can develop 2-D and 3-D digital modeling skills and digital sound editing capabilities, as well as study various concepts related to digital art. Required courses include drawing, college algebra, programming logic, computer science, Adobe Photoshop and 3-D animation.
Red Rocks Community College
Red Rocks Community College offers a certificate and an associate's degree program in game development. These programs could prepare students for entry-level jobs in the gaming industry, such as gaming programmer.
Game Development Certificate
Students pursuing this 19-credit certificate can build strong programming skills. Required courses include computer science, fundamentals of UNIX, game design and development, Adobe Photoshop and Flash animation. Students also select two electives from topics such as Java programming, C# programming and mobile app development.
Associate of Applied Science in Game Development
The Associate of Applied Science in Game Development degree program covers many of the same topics as the certificate program, but general studies courses are also included in the curriculum. This 60- to 61-credit program includes 28-29 required credits in computer information systems coursework along with six elective credits. Students develop mobile applications using frameworks and key features. They also have the option to complete an internship or an elective approved by a faculty advisor.