Magazine article University Business

Gaming: Serious Business at UMBC

Magazine article University Business

Gaming: Serious Business at UMBC

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Bolstering student interest in STEM subjects is a priority for many schools, and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County is finding success on an unusual path. The university offers students interested in the gaming industry a game development track in computer science, as well as an animation and interactive media concentration in visual arts. While a similar program at another University of Maryland school has folded (the University of Maryland University College no longer offers a certificate in gaming development), the concentrations are thriving at UMBC.

Julia Ross, dean of the College of Engineering and Information Technology at UMBC, identifies Baltimore as a particularly active hub in the $21 billion gaming industry, with many game developers in the area. This, along with the university's strong visual arts and computer science departments, creates a prime incubator for nurturing gaming talent. She also says that many students who aren't in the gaming program are members of the school's Game Developers Club. …

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