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DeVry Offers Degree Program in Game and Sim Programming

Program to Begin in 2006 (March 06, 2006)

With the Dallas Metroplex home to some of the world's hottest PC and console video game developers, DeVry University will begin offering the region's first bachelor's degree program in game and simulation programming at its Irving campus beginning in July.

Although the video game industry is roughly 30 years old, computer game technologies as an academic specialty are relatively young. As the popularity of video game software sales has grown -- software sales reaped $7.3 billion in 2004 and are expected to reach $42 billion by 2010 -- the need for qualified game developers and programmers has increased.

Many game companies are now looking for candidates with programming skills as well as academic credentials and a well-rounded education that will make them successful employees.

According to Bill Van Zwol, president of DeVry University's Irving campus, the Dallas area is a video game development hub, with local companies creating some of the world's hottest selling games, including the Doom, Quake and Age of Empire series. Local companies are increasingly drawing on local talent for new and innovative approaches to game design and programming.

Graduates of the program, who might find positions such as programmers, software engineers and project coordinators, will also be qualified for jobs in fields beyond the game industry, where integrated competencies of game and simulation design and programming come together. Examples include military tactical and strategic simulations and training, automotive design and testing, training for health care workers, crime scene reconstruction, flight simulation and any other industry that does design and prototyping work.

DeVry University's applications-oriented game and simulation programming degree program provides preparation in the math and physics of games, programming fundamentals, game design, modifications (MOD), massively multiplayer online game programming (MMOG), two- and three-dimensional graphics programming, and simulation and game engine design.

As with other DeVry University degree programs, the technical elements are supported by more traditional general education courses -- an approach that ensures students graduate with the well-rounded education they need to succeed in the work force.

For information about the bachelor's degree program in game and simulation programming or other degree programs offered at DeVry University, call 800-633-3879 or visit

Celebrating 75 years as one of the largest degree-granting higher education systems in North America, DeVry University provides high-quality, career-oriented associate, bachelor's and master's degree programs in technology, health care technology, business and management. Approximately 46,000 students are enrolled at its 80 locations that are in 23 states and Canada, as well as through DeVry University Online. DeVry University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association (NCA). DeVry University, a division of DeVry Inc. (NYSE: DV), is based in Oakbrook Terrace, Ill. For more information about DeVry University, visit

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