Revenue for the global games industry will likely exceed an estimated $200 billion by 2022. A number of reports suggest that the industry was already on track to rake in somewhere between $165 and $170 billion in 2018. Even more promising is, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that employment for software developers is projected to grow 24% by 2026, with current salaries averaging an impressive $103,650 to $164,510 annually.
Salaries for software developers are among the highest salaries in the nation and the BLS says that the job growth rate is much faster than the average for all occupations.
Today’s colleges and universities have done an exceptional job of keeping up with the pace. In fact, just about every month this year, we’ve discovered many new or improved game design and development programs aimed at preparing students for success in this influential industry. For December, we would like to tell you about several more schools that now offer game design programs and all are recruiting students right now.
We are pleased to announce that Azusa Pacific University and Murray State University now offer several game design programs every aspiring game designer should know about. Here you go.
Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, California
Azusa Pacific University (APU) has announced the launch of a new Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Minor Program in Games and Interactive Media. Offered through APU’s College of the Arts, the program is the first of its kind among the 140 universities that comprise the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities. Per the school, the immersive, 61-unit Game Design degree is “a confluence of story and play.” The school believes that “truth may be found in both.”
Students in the program will learn to “build games of all types, benefitting from a well-rounded curriculum that integrates the iterative process” of art, game mechanics, storytelling, sound and more. The school says that courses for the program go “beyond the elements of game development, from technology and production to leadership and management.”
Students will engage in ongoing, hands-on learning and create multiple games from inception to completion, building a digital portfolio as they go, they will gain a deep understanding of the development process, from preproduction to production and postproduction, and beyond, and develop proficiency in industry-leading game engines, with programming support for distribution on multiple platforms.
The program also helps students expand their knowledge of gaming-related topics including AI for games, augmented and mixed reality games, games and health, games and learning, game technologies, and virtual worlds. And thanks to APU’s connections with video game companies such as Blizzard and EA, and the schools proximity to the multimedia industry hub of Los Angeles, students will have plenty of opportunities to gain experience through semester-long internships.
Students will graduate from the program with an original “vertical slice” (playable demo showcasing multiple aspects of a game’s mechanics, art, and form) of a game to include in their professional portfolio for use at competitions, festivals, and job interviews.
The new BA and Minor Program in Games and Interactive Media at APU launches in fall 2019.
Founded in 1899 and serving nearly 10,000 students, Azusa Pacific University is one of the oldest and largest Christian universities in the U.S. today. The school offers 80 bachelor’s degrees, 51 master’s degrees, 25 certificates, 12 credentials, eight doctoral programs, and two associate’s degrees through eight colleges and schools. Programs are offered on-campus and online.
APU is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) and it has 13 professional/specialized accreditations.
Murray State University, Murray, Kentucky
Murray State University has announced that it will be expanding its undergraduate program offerings to include Game Design and Game Development programs. According to the school, the move responds to the high demand for both programs by current and prospective students.
Students will now be able to graduate with a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Computer Science with a Specialization in Game Development, an Undergraduate Certificate in Game Design or a Minor in Game Development.
In addition to learning how to create video games through computer programming and coding, Game Development students will acquire skills in cinematography, creative writing, graphic arts, math, and physics. Game Design students will acquire many of the same skills as well as animation, computer graphics, and illustration.
The Game Development BS and the Minor will be offered through the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems in the Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business. The Certificate in Game Design will be available through the Department of Art and Design in the College of Humanities and Fine Arts.
Founded in 1922, Murray State University has grown from an enrollment of 202 students to nearly 10,000 today. With five regional campuses and an online division, the school offers more than 120 academic programs through six academic colleges and schools. Murray State University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).