Massachusetts degree programs help fuel video game design industry

Massachusetts' gaming industry is fueled by the local colleges and universities that provide higher education in the field.
Massachusetts' gaming industry is fueled by the local colleges and universities that provide higher education in the field.

Massachusetts has been considered a top location for video game design for many years. Now, growth in the field is currently being fueled by local universities, Sentinel and Enterprise reports.

One such school is Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). The college began to offer a bachelor's degree in interactive media and game development six years ago, professor Mark Claypool told the news source. Since its founding, the course has attracted about 200 students. In order to prepare even more individuals to enter this field, however, the school recently announced that it will offer a master's degree in game design next fall. This program will allow students to specialize in technical training or artistic elements, according to the news outlet.

The state's Becker College also offers an undergraduate degree program in computer game design and development, according to its website. School officials say its courses aim to prepare students for positions at one of the state's 76 video game design companies, including Turbine, Blue Fang and Harmonix.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, individuals who pursue careers in video game development often hold job titles such as game tester, sound designer, artist, programmer and game designer.

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