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SUNY Canton to Unveil State-of-the-Art Game Design Lab

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

SUNY Canton’s Canino School of Engineering Technology invites the community to explore the future of video game design at the college’s new design lab in Nevaldine Hall.

A ceremonial ribbon cutting and open house will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, in Nevaldine North Room 119. The event is free and open to all ages, and parking is available in Lot 1.

Guests can play video games, watch demonstrations, and enter for a chance to win gift cards to Gamer Craze in Canton and Tactics in Potsdam.

Student playing a virtual reality game

The lab, which was designed for the college’s bachelor’s degree in Game Design and Development,  officially opened at the beginning of the fall semester.

“Months of planning went into developing this state-of-the-art classroom, and we can’t wait to showcase it to the public, especially to those who may want to pursue a career in game design,” said Dean of the Canino School of Engineering Technology Michael J. Newtown,. “It will enable students to learn, collaborate and transform their ideas into a finished product.”

He noted that the lab will also be utilized by students in the Graphic and Multimedia Design program and the recently announced four-year Technological Communications program, which begins next fall.

During the open house, guests can test out the Vive virtual reality system or play video games on one of 26 high-speed computers, each of which are equipped with two ultra-high-definition 4K monitors. The room also features an interactive smart board and five 55-inch flat-screen monitors that are connected to each workstation.

Student developing a 3D model.

“This is a great opportunity for prospective students to get a close-up look at the latest industry software and equipment used to create 3D, virtual reality, and interactive games,” Newtown said.

Faculty will also offer a glimpse into the concepts students will learn in the classroom.

“In addition to showing some student-produced augmented reality games, I will be demonstrating narrative video games that my classes play in order to identify strong storytelling devices, such as “Gone Home,” “This War of Mine,” “PeaceMaker,” and “Revolution 1979,” said Assistant Professor Laini Kavaloski, Ph.D.

The new lab will primarily serve as a training center for the next generation of video game designers, who will be entering a growing field. A 2014 economic impact study conducted by Economists Incorporated showed that the video game industry increased in size by more than nine percent, or four times the growth rate of the U.S. economy, between 2009 and 2012.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 13 exclusively online degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level and are conference members of the newly formed American Collegiate Athletic Association.

SUNY Canton Announces New Four-Year Game Design Program

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran has announced that the college has received approval to offer a new four-year Game Design and Development program.

“We are offering a comprehensive program focusing on the design and production of modern video games,” Szafran said. “This new area of study is a solid and logical development for our college.”

Gaming students

The new Bachelor of Science degree is the first of several new academic offerings created by the college’s professional faculty members to continue the college’s growth and expansion. It stands alongside 22 other career-driven four-year programs.

“Students will learn the most recent technologies, and programming skills to create video games on multiple platforms and devices,” said Canino School of Engineering Technology Dean Michael J. Newtown. “In addition to theoretical learning, students will have plenty of hands-on experience creating video games.”

Approximately half of men and a comparable number of women say they play video games on a computer, TV, game console, or mobile device according to Pew Research Center data. Two-thirds of young adults, or those of traditional college age, said they play video games.

Beyond popularity, the college looked at potential employment opportunities for students after graduation while assembling the proposal for the new program. A 2014 economic impact study conducted by Economists Incorporated showed that the video game industry increased in size by more than nine percent, or four times the growth rate of the U.S. economy, between 2009 and 2012.

Students gaming on laptops

“We are joining a multi-billion dollar industry,” said SUNY Canton Provost Douglas M. Scheidt. “The students in the Game Design program will gain marketable high-tech knowledge and skills that will be beneficial to their careers and entrepreneurial endeavors.”

The program has been approved by SUNY and the New York State Department of Education. It will complement the Graphic and Multimedia Design and Information Technology programs, as well as existing courses taught in multiple disciplines.

Students can begin in the Game Design and Development program (www.canton.edu/csoet/game/) at the start of the Fall 2017 semester. The SUNY Canton Office of Admissions will begin accepting applications for the much-anticipated program immediately. To apply, visit www.canton.edu/apply. For more information about applying, call 1-800-388-7123 or email admissions@canton.edu.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 11 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.