There is a growing demand for game developers in the Silicon Bayou and beyond, which is why the Department of Computer Science at the University of New Orleans (UNO) has announced the addition of a game development concentration. The university curriculum committee has already approved the concentration.
“The pervasiveness of computer gaming on personal computers, game consoles and handheld devices has generated significant student interest and job opportunities after graduation,” said Mahdi Abdelguerfi, professor and chair of computer science. “This new concentration has the potential to attract new talented students to our computer science department.”
The department will offer introductory and advanced courses in both game development and mobile application programming. Taken with computer graphics and programming courses, the gaming courses will build out the concentration that prepares students for careers in game development.
“With the presence of Touch Studios, Gameloft and Red Ticket Games in New Orleans and Electronic Arts in Baton Rouge, game development promises to be a significant growth industry in the Silicon Bayou of Southeastern Louisiana,” Abdelguerfi said.
Abdelguerfi said a 2011 study found video game sales in the United States topped $8.8 billion and computer game sales topped $450 million.
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