Friday, March 14, 2013

University of New Orleans Adds Concentration in Game Development

Electronic Gaming Concentration at UNOIn response to the growing electronic gaming industry in Louisiana, UNO's Department of Computer Science will offer a concentration in
game development.

The University of New Orleans Department of Computer Science will offer a new concentration in game development. The concentration was approved by the university curriculum committee.

"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."

According to a study released by the global market research company The NPD Group, in 2011, video game sales in the United States reached $8.8 billion, and sales of computer games reached $450 million, Abdelguerfi said.

In order to fill the need for students trained in development and implementation of computer games, UNO's computer science department will offer both introductory and advanced courses in game development, as well as introductory and advanced courses in mobile application programming.

Taken together with courses in introductory and advanced computer graphics and core programming coursework, these new offerings form the foundation of a new concentration, aimed at preparing students for productive careers in game development, according to Abdelguerfi.

"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.

In addition to game development, the computer science department also offers concentrations in information assurance and bioinformatics.

Learn more about the computer science program at UNO >>