The gaming industry generates big bucks. In fact, this industry is so profitable, experts predict that in 2012, video games will generate more than $68 billion. Employment is expected to break a few records as well with a three to six percent increase between now and 2020. Other reports suggest a greater increase between now and 2018. As of 2010, the gaming industry employed more than 200,000 game designers and hundreds of thousands of other professionals including developers, programmers, cover artists, animators, testers, and illustrators, just to name a few.
The face of gaming has changed as well. Long gone are the days of “video games are just for kids” or even “just for boys.” Today, the age of the average gamer is over 30, and 2 out of every 5 gamers are female. In addition, 65 percent of U.S. households play video games, and this figure is growing every day.
The explosive growth of the industry has created a strong demand for uber-creative, high level game designers & developers. Fortunately, hundreds of schools across the nation have developed competitive, cutting edge training programs for aspiring designers & developers, while others have expanded existing programs. These programs are offered at art and design schools, technical schools, specialty schools, and at traditional colleges and universities. In the state of Nebraska, one university offers a top-tier program for game designers & developers.
The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) is selective, it has a variety of program offerings, and it has excellent graduation and retention rates. Because it is a Title IV school, the University of Nebraska also offers access to a number of federal financial aid programs. UNO is also convenient, it has outstanding job placement services, a variety of student clubs and organizations, easy access to a wide range of cultural opportunities, excellent production facilities, and manageable class sizes.
The University of Nebraska offers Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A) degrees. Program offerings for artists and designers include a B. A. and a
B. F. A. in Studio Arts with an Emphasis in Independent Game Design, Graphic Design, Intermedia, and Visual Technology.
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