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University of Utah offering degree for gamers

on Tuesday,December 21,2010 20:12

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Many people play video games as a hobby, but few understand the intricacy behind designing them. Now, the University of Utah is giving individuals the opportunity to expand upon their passion through a master's degree program in video game development.

The video game industry made more than $10 billion in 2009, according to the Entertainment Software Association. The Entertainment Arts and Engineering Master Games Studio program at the University of Utah will give gamers the chance to go beyond playing these games and develop a career, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.

"From a technical standpoint, video games push the limits - whether it’s graphics or artificial intelligence," Robert Kessler, executive program director, told the news source. "And students who go through a program like this also learn that employees like the team-based work."

Currently, only a handful of educational institutions across the country offer similar programs. The first class of students enrolled in the new University of Utah program consists of 22 individuals. They will conceptualize a video game and eventually turn it into a prototype.

Employment of computer software engineers and programmers are projected to increase by 21 percent over the next eight years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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