Mohawk College will use the backdrop of Hamilton’s Comic Con event this weekend to recruit students for a three-year game design program.
The learning facility will offer a Game-Design Advanced Diploma program to take advantage of the expansion in the game design industry expected in the Greater Hamilton region in the coming years.
Angela Stukator, special advisor who co-designed the new program, says design, technical and artistic skills and an ethics course will be parts of the curriculum they hope will prepare future workers in the global industry for $160 billion by 2026. .
“So we think it’s a perfect opportunity, and Hamilton is so well placed in terms of its investments in culture, art and technology,” Stukator told 900 CHMLs. Good morning Hamilton.
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The program, which is accepting registrations in October for a September 2023 start, hopes to create a talent pipeline leading directly to Ontario’s growing digital industry.
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Stukator says a wide spectrum in the program will be covered for students with critical problem solving, design thinking and communication skills and patience, as it is a “highly iterative process.”
Mohawk executives say the program aims to model rather than mirror the game industry by understanding how content affects users.
“So we’re trying to blow away the association of games with just triple-A games (from major publishers) and say, look, there are opportunities for us to look at different ways that gamification and gameplay can be democratized,” Stukadoor said. .
A recent study published by Global Industry Analysts Inc. has revised forecasts for the digital gaming industry over the summer, suggesting its annual market value would grow to $160 billion by 2026, compared to the estimated $104 billion expected by the end of 2022.
The increase is largely attributable to growth in mobile gaming, fueled by technological advances that improve visuals and user interactions, as well as a 50 percent increase in mobile app downloads during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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