Reaction to George Mason University’s decision to offer a bachelor’s degree in Computer Game Design has already surpassed the wildest dreams of the Fairfax, Virginia-based school.
A story in the Fairfax Times reports that the school has already enrolled around 200 students into the program, besting an internal goal of having 110 students in the program by 2012. As Scott M. Martin, Assistant Dean for Technology, Research and Advancement at the school stated, “We've been overwhelmed. Our anticipated enrollment for the fall is 500 percent higher than we expected.”
Bioware Mythic is also based in Fairfax and its General Manager, Eugene Evans, was enthused about GMU’s program, telling the paper, “This course bodes well for the future of gaming in this region. The team at GMU is putting a strong emphasis on a broad set of disciplines and instilling an entrepreneurial spirit -- which could mean many new start-ups within a few years.”
Coursework in the major includes History of Computer Game Design, Consumer Game Platform Analysis, Music for Film and Video and Online Gaming and File Sharing.