JULY 23, 2015


JAMESTOWN, N.C. has named Guilford Technical Community College’s Simulation and Game Development program as one of the Best Online Video Game Design Programs in the country.

The five schools ranked on the list offer a thorough understanding of the inner workings of small, mid-size and large game design companies; hands-on experience with the software and game design engines; and the opportunity to network alongside successful gaming professionals, according to the site.

“These schools represent some of the most results-driven, online video game design programs in the United States,” states in its summary.

GTCC came in at No. 5. Topping the list is Savannah College of Art & Design in Savannah, Ga., followed by Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio; Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, NH; and Sheridan Technical College in Hollywood, Fla.

GTCC’s Simulation and Game Development program offers an associate of applied science degree. The curriculum provides a broad background in simulation and game development with practical applications in creative arts, visual arts, audio/video technology, creative writing, modeling, design, programming and management.

Students receive hands-on training in design, 3D modeling and programming, and prepares students to be designers, artists, animators, programmers, testers, quality assurance analysts, engineers and administrators in the entertainment industry, health care, education, corporate training and government organizations.

Video game industry employment has become one of the fastest-growing industries in the U.S., increasing annually by 9 percent — more than 13 times the growth rate of the overall labor force from 2009-2012, according to a 2014 report by the Entertainment Software Association.

Guilford Technical Community College is the third largest of 58 institutions in the North Carolina Community College System. GTCC serves more than 40,000 students annually from five campuses and a Small Business Center. Learn more at


— Carla Kucinski/GTCC