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Game design programs continue to grow

on Wednesday,September 30,2009 16:09

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Video game development, once the realm of trade and specialty schools alone, is quickly becoming a well-supported and viable focus for secondary education in the U.S., with the Entertainment Software Association reporting a record number of schools now offer courses in some form of game design.

Over 250 institutes of higher-learning across 37 states now present a range of options for those seeking a career in the rapidly expanding gaming industry – from certificates in 3D animation and interactive media to master''s degrees in computer graphics and game technology.

"Today, video games are not only the fastest growing entertainment medium, they are also increasingly used in education and business for professional training and e-learning," says Rich Taylor, senior vice president of the ESA. "These new college programs underscore the importance of the video games industry, which is well-poised to create additional employment and professional opportunities in the coming years."

The gaming industry raked in a record $22 billion in earnings last year, and employed over 80,000 professional designers, writers, artists, sound technicians and more in the process.

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