ESA: Number of Schools Offering Game-related Degrees Skyrockets

According to the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), 300 U.S. colleges, universities and art schools will offer videogame-related degrees in 2010-2011, representing almost 20 percent growth from the 2009-2010 timeframe.

The growth in this sector has continued unabated, with a reported 220 schools offering video game design, development, programming or art curriculums in 2008-2009 and around 250 in 2009-2010. California is still the leader in terms of schools offering game-related degrees with 50 institutions, followed by New York (26), Texas (21) Illinois (17) and Florida (15).

ESA Senior Vice President for Communications and Industry Affairs Rich Taylor commented, “While computer and video games have been a source of entertainment for decades, our society is increasingly recognizing the broader uses of games and their positive impact. Whether it is in healthcare, education, business or government, schools across the country see the value of games and are training their students to meet the demand.”

The ESA offers a rather comprehensive list of such schools on its website.

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