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Becker College has been called “a destination for game designers” by U.S. News and World Report. Becker College has been consistently ranked by The Princeton Review for the past six years as a top undergraduate school to study game design–#9 in the world in 2015; our game design and game development and programming majors are among the most innovative and best in the nation.
The video game industry represents $93 billion in worldwide sales, and expects to reach $111 billion by 2015; surpassing previous projections. This rapid growth has created a high demand for well-trained interactive media designers, who create visual graphics that allow user participation on a variety of electronic media—websites, games, cell phone applications, and more. Modern video games have also transitioned beyond entertainment into a wide array of other intersecting industries, leading to employment at companies developing health care, education, and training software.
In addition, Becker College is home to the Massachusetts Digital Games Institute (MassDiGI), a statewide institute representing a strong partnership between the digital games industry, academia, and the public sector. Massachusetts represents the fourth largest video game industry cluster in the U.S., which presents tremendous employment opportunities for Becker College graduates. Community internships for Becker College video game development students provide valuable portfolio experience. To date, Becker College student-created games are in use by the UMass Medical School-City of Worcester Mobile Safety Street Bus, Old Sturbridge Village, the Danforth Museum, and others.
Students choose from two interactive media design program concentrations: game arts game development and programming game design game production and management Game development and programming focuses on the technical aspects of game development, while the game design concentration focuses on the scheme of the project. Students use the most industry-current technology, including a high-performance computer lab, a six-camera video motion capture system, a full range of 3D design software, and more.
Colloquially referred to as Game V2.0, the Bachelor of Arts in Interactive Media Design, is a radical, groundbreaking curriculum built on a competency-based, multi-disciplinary learning model. The centerpiece of Game V2.0, and its principle requirement for graduation, is based on students from all four years of the program working together in a real-world studio environment to produce publishable, user-experience-based interactive media properties.
The consumer demand for video games and other interactive media in most sectors is high. The need for video-game-based technology and skill sets is spreading to other markets and other industries at an ever increasing rate, creating a large market opportunity for experts not only in what is traditionally referred to as “game design,” but also in the related areas of data translation and user experience. A critical component of the Interactive Media Design degree is a significant emphasis on user experience design that provides Becker College graduates with the attendant benefits associated with a broader and more robust skill set. This broadening of the discipline will enhance the current marketability of the program and help to ensure the relevancy of the degree well into the future.
Ultimately, the differentiating factors for recent graduates in the interactive media field, that lead most directly to enhanced opportunities for hiring potential and career development, include the acquisition of a proven track record of related work and the establishment of work-place skills prior to graduation. The ultimate design goal of the Game V2.0 curriculum is to ensure that students demonstrate these differentiating factors upon graduation.
The key features of the Bachelor of Arts in Interactive Media Design includes:
Students may choose from one of four concentrations which include Game Arts, Game Programming and Development, Game Design, and Game Production and Management.
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