Rowan College at Gloucester County (RCGC) was recently ranked the number one college for Computer Graphics in the state of New Jersey by Universities.com.
Established in 1996, Universities.com is an online resource dedicated to helping students find the right college or university to fit their individualized needs and career goals. They rank colleges and universities throughout the country based on a compilation of data from government sources, student surveys, college graduate interviews and editorial reviews. In their 2017 list of "Best Computer Graphics Colleges in New Jersey," RCGC's Computer Graphic Arts (CGA) program received the top ranking in the state.
"I was not surprised by this designation," said Mary A. Malinconico, Associate Professor and Program Coordinator. "I have known for the past 15 years that we were the best computer graphic program in the state. Our students are the outstanding creative young people who have tremendous talent. In addition, our two new labs in the new Business and Corporate center allow students access to the newest technology and Adobe Creative Cloud software, all for the low cost of community college tuition. This allows our students to gain real world experience while still in school."
RCGC offers two tracks for CGA students: a Game and Interactive Design track for students looking to start a career in digital media, including computer and video games, virtual environments and other internet applications, and a Print and Design option for those who want to work as print and multimedia graphic artists. Each track offers either an associate degree option or an 18-credit Certificate of Achievement.
CGA students learn on the latest software and technologies and receive real-world work experience through community design projects and RCGC's award-winning Cooperative Education Program, which provides industry-specific, paid internship experiences to prepare students to enter the workforce. CGA Courses are taught by faculty members who are working industry professionals, in small class settings with an average 20 to 1 student teacher ratio to allow for personalized instruction.
"We have outstanding Computer Graphic Arts programs that provide seamless connections to our four-year partners and unparalleled career opportunities," stated Dr. Patricia Claghorn, Dean of Business Studies. "Most importantly, our faculty members provide individualized mentoring experiences that ensure students' success."
Partnership opportunities with four-year universities offer RCGC students even more career options. Thanks to a partnership agreement, graduates who wish to stay close to home have the option to transfer to Wilmington University to complete their bachelor's degree without leaving RCGC's campus. In addition, the College maintains 75 program articulation agreements with four-year institutions, allowing students plenty of options to continue on their educational journey.
For more information on Computer Graphic Arts visit RCGC.edu/Business.
View the photo gallery from the ceremony.
Rowan College at Gloucester County is located at 1400 Tanyard Road in Deptford, just off Exit 56 of Route 55.