Record Number of Applications to Videogame Programs
Due to increasing demand, enrollment has reached capacity in the videogame programs at Becker College, and the Office of Admissions has created wait lists for applicants to the computer game development and programming and the computer game design programs. While all applications to the college are up 24%, videogame applications have risen more than 200%.
Becker College President Robert E. Johnson, Ph.D. points to the strengths of the faculty and curriculum, internship opportunities and job prospects upon graduation as driving factors stimulating the growth of the programs. Becker was also recently ranked among the top ten colleges in the U.S. and Canada for videogame design by The Princeton Review for the second consecutive year.
“Digital technology is being deployed across industries,” said Dr. Johnson. “Our students have created teaching games for UMass Memorial Medical Center and for local museums. Graduates are getting jobs, not just at game companies, such as Harmonix and Turbine, but also with the Army and the IRS.”
To accommodate growth of the programs, the college has begun the process of recruiting additional faculty and providing additional learning spaces. Post baccalaureate certificates in 3D game design, game art and game programming have been added, and additional bachelor degree programs are being considered.
Becker College has worked with leaders of the videogame industry and members of government to establish MASS DiGI, the Massachusetts Digital Game Institute. The role of MASS DiGI will be to serve as a center for coordinated activities related to the videogame industry across Massachusetts, particularly in the areas of academic cooperation, economic development and job creation.
President Johnson declared, “The excitement generated by our videogame programs has elevated the academic profile of the entire institution and helped to increase interest among prospective students across disciplines.”