Gaming is one of the fastest growing and most rewarding careers today. Salaries are on the rise, employment is on the rise, and advances in technology have made gaming one of the world’s most exciting careers. There are more than 200,000 game designers working in the industry today, and the demand is higher than ever. They earn an average of $80,000 per year, but senior level designers may earn six figures per year.
In 2012 alone, the gaming industry is expected to generate $68 billion+ in business. In addition, the number of households that play video games has skyrocketed. The most recent figures show that more than 65 percent of U.S. households play video games on a regular basis. Because the gaming industry shows such tremendous promise, many colleges and universities have developed competitive game design & development programs, or expanded existing ones. In the state of Oklahoma, one school has gone the extra mile—Rogers State University.
Rogers State University in Claremore offers a B. S. in Game Development and a
B. F. A. in Visual Arts with a Graphic Design Focus. Tuition is $2,417 for undergraduate residents (2011-2012 school year), and $7,254 for undergraduate nonresidents.
Tuition does not include fees of $1,378 per year. Incoming first-time freshmen (residents only) can lock in tuition rates thanks to the states Guaranteed Tuition Program.
Established in 1909, Rogers State University (RSU) is state-supported, coed college.
It sits on 40 acres on College Hill, overlooking the city of Claremore. As of 2012, this mid-sized university was home to more than 4,600 students, with 94 percent enrollment growth between 2000 and 2012. RSU offers dozens of fields of study from biology to visual and performing arts. It is the only school to offer unique programs such as game development, sport management, and military history.
RSU offers associate and bachelor’s degree programs on campus and online. RSU was the first university in Oklahoma (and one of the first in the U.S.) to offer programs entirely online.
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