Officials from SUNY Schenectady have announced that Center City, located at 433 State Street in downtown Schenectady, will be the new home for the College’s Programming for Game Development A.S. degree program.
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The new program has gained attention from prospective students and the community and will be offered for the first time during the Fall 2019 semester. Students will take courses to design and code websites, learn programming languages, and develop an electronic portfolio of game design elements, in addition to courses in math, business, science and the humanities.
“We are pleased to welcome new students to Center City for our innovative game development program,” said Dr. Steady Moono, College President. “We have been offering classes at our Center City site for several years. The gaming program is a great fit with our downtown location right across the street from Proctors and next door to the new esports facility also located at Center City.”
“Our new gaming program allows us to add classes at our popular Center City location,” said Ann Fleming Brown, Chair of the Board of Trustees. “The proximity of Gaming Insomniacs is an added bonus.”
“Course instruction is intended to simulate the industry work environment through innovative lab spaces and collaborative learning experiences,” explained Dr. Penny Haynes, Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs/Provost.
Students in the program will be able to transfer seamlessly into the B.S. degree program in Interactive Media and Game Design at the State University of New York Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly) through a new transfer agreement recently signed by officials from both institutions.
The new program responds to the growth in the computer gaming industry both locally and nationally over the last decade based upon advances in game design and the popularity of game play. Gaming technology is now being deployed in fields as diverse as education, psychology, and criminal justice.
“Dr. Moono and his team have done a great job creating program opportunities in fast-growing industries that will benefit so many of our students and the entire Schenectady County community,” said County Legislator Richard Patierne, Chair of the Committee on Education and Libraries. “We anticipate that this new Programming for Game Development program will be extremely popular and this new space will provide a great learning environment.”