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Albright College Offering New Major in Game and Simulation Development

 

 

Nov. 15, 2013

Reading, Pa.  – To meet the growing demand for graduates who can design and implement the next generation of game and simulation technology used in business, education, entertainment and national defense, Albright College is offering a new major in Game and Simulation Development.

The interdisciplinary major is a joint offering from the departments of digital media and computer science. Its primary aim is to teach students how to utilize software engineering principles to implement game and simulation technologies. The new major incorporates the College’s liberal arts curriculum into a strong foundational program in gaming/simulation by integrating multiple disciplines, including computer science, digital media, mathematics, music and physics. The game industry alone is expected to top $86 billion by 2014, and this new major will ensure students are poised to join an exciting and flexible 21st century profession.

“This is an up-and-coming field, and you don’t find many four-year programs in liberal arts settings,” said Professor Dan Falabella, Ph.D., chair of the computer science and digital media departments. “Game and Simulation Development is a cutting-edge major that affords a wide expanse of opportunities for people in the computer science arena, software engineering and software development.”

While gaming and mobile applications courses are currently offered in both the digital media and computer science departments, this new major offers a more focused approach. Students will study programming, artificial intelligence, industry-standard software packages and game engine development, and will apply software engineering skills to game and simulation development. The curriculum is structured to strengthen creative and critical thinking, oral and written communication skills, and personal, social and global awareness.   

 

Founded in 1856, Albright College is a nationally ranked, private college with a rigorous liberal arts curriculum with an interdisciplinary focus. The College’s hallmarks are connecting fields of learning, collaborative teaching and learning, and a flexible curriculum that allows students to create an individualized education. Albright enrolls about 1,700 undergraduates in traditional programs, another 800 adult students in accelerated degree programs, and 100 students in the master’s program in education. Albright College is located in Reading, Pennsylvania.