2017 has been an exciting year for game design, with schools such as Bellevue University, Loyola University New Orleans, Eastern Kentucky University, and even Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University launching new degrees in everything from Simulation, Games and Animation to eSports. With 2018 fast approaching, several other schools have put the word out that they are still accepting applications for their new game programs. This means, if you haven’t found the right match yet, there’s still time to apply.
We are happy to announce that Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) and the University of Texas at Austin have launched two new programs designed for aspiring game designers and recent alumni alike. Let’s take a look.
Savannah College of Art and Design – Savannah, Georgia
Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) has announced the launch of an innovative new program designed to help alumni develop commercially viable digital products and advance the city’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. Called SCAD+, the program is a collaboration between the SCAD and the Savannah Economic Development Authority (SEDA). It is the school’s first entrepreneurial program that focuses on gaming, virtual reality, augmented reality and mobile experience-based startups.
The program will be jointly funded by SCAD and SEDA, with each organization contributing up to $300,000 to cover operational expenses of the program. According to Business in Savannah (BiS), “both groups will also receive a small stake in each successful program project. SEDA’s share of any future revenues will be used to create and grow a sustained funding source to support creative technology start-ups in Savannah.”
SCAD+ is currently working with four companies including Autoclave Visions, Halseo, Kineticards, and Out There Entertainment, “providing them with the essentials including a living space on the SCAD campus, work studio and an incremental stipend over the course of 12 months.” The four participating companies “are still being actively coached and mentored by experts in variety of fields, including outside tech experts from Google, Amazon and Facebook.”
To get in on the game, contact SCAD Admissions.
Founded in 1978, Savannah College of Art and Design has campuses in Savannah, Atlanta, Hong Kong, and Lacoste, France, and is home to nearly 13,000 students from nearly 50 states and 115 countries. The school offers more than 40 majors and over 70 minors and certificate programs. SCAD is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS COC) to award bachelors and master’s degrees.
University of Texas at Austin – Austin, Texas
The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) has launched a new Bachelor of Science in Arts and Entertainment Technologies (BS AET). It is the first BS degree offered through the College of Fine Arts, School of Design and Creative Technologies.
This interdisciplinary major provides the opportunity for students to “learn in an environment that emphasizes hands-on, project-based learning with creative technologies,” says the school. “AET foundational courses deliver creative coding fundamentals, an introduction to a wide range of creative production software and techniques and a colloquium series of guest speakers. Students advance to projects-based coursework drawn from three emphasis areas: Music and Sound, New Performance Technologies, and Game and Mobile Media Applications” (GAMMA).
Sample courses for the program include Foundations of Games and Playable Apps, Foundations of New Performances Technologies, Film and Game Scoring, Animation and Rigging, Advanced 3D Modeling, Writing for Interactive Games, Game Scripting and Modding, and Entertainment System Design.
Students in the program will complete a secondary field of study in a complementary area outside the college, such as Business Foundations or Elements of Computing. The program will conclude with a capstone experience or thesis project. Graduates “will be prepared to create digital content, lead production teams and develop new applications of technology in the evolving entertainment industry.” To apply for admission, contact UT’s College of Fine Arts.
The University of Texas at Austin was founded in 1883. The school, which serves more than 51,000 students from 118 countries around the world, offers 156 undergraduate degree programs, 170+ undergraduate fields of study, 237 graduate programs (including doctoral) and 400 study abroad programs.
The University of Texas at Austin is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, professional, masters, and doctorate degrees. The Department of Art and Art History is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).