Posts Tagged ‘Game Design & Development’

SUNY Canton Announces Varsity eSports Program

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

SUNY Canton eSports LogoSUNY Canton announced today the college will begin competing nationally in eSports this spring. The college will become the first New York State eSports team to join the National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE), the most prominent nationally recognized organization dedicated to competitive collegiate video gaming.

“Similar to traditional athletics, eSports will provide our students with new and enhanced opportunities for competitive excellence, academic achievement, and commitment to community and service,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “Membership on a varsity collegiate sports team is an extremely rewarding experience, so being able to expand those opportunities, including to online students, combined with the type of high achievers we will attract, makes this a fantastic addition to our college.”

Plans for the eSports team include specialized computer stations for practice and competition located in a newly designed gaming area in Nevaldine Hall. Additionally, the college plans to develop an eSports wing in a residence hall with a gaming computer area adjacent to student’s rooms. The eSports wing would be similar to the college’s current Pet Friendly wing where academic interests and lifestyles intersect with themed residential living.

A student sits behind dual computer screens.

SUNY Canton Game Design and Development major and eSports athlete Emily A. Oeser of Canajoharie in the college’s Digital Studio and Game Lab.

“The timing of our eSports program corresponds perfectly with our newly announced majors in Game Design and Development, Technological Communication, Cybersecurity and Graphic and Multimedia Design,” said Michael J. Newtown, Dean of the Canino School of Engineering Technology. “Being able to offer opportunities in eSports will undoubtedly assist in recruiting efforts to attract top students to a wide variety of majors. We are also looking forward to extending these opportunities to online students, so they can become more involved in eSports and athletics.”

As a spectator event, eSports is experiencing unparalleled growth in popularity.  According to Newzoo, a market research firm specializing in digital gaming, 22 percent of American male millennials watch eSports, which is essentially on par with viewership numbers for baseball and hockey. Women are also increasingly becoming interested in gaming: statistics indicate 38 percent of eSports fans are female.

President Szafran envisions three types of competitive teams at SUNY Canton: traditional varsity athletics, eSports and A-Sports. A-Sports stands for Academic Sports and would include teams like the school’s Steel Bridge Team, which competes in bridge building competitions regionally and nationally each year.

“Students on teams generally experience more academic success, are more likely to graduate and have more satisfying college experiences,” said Szafran, who points out current student-athlete grade point averages tend to be higher than non-student-athletes. “We continue to look for more and more opportunities like this to promote the education and development of our students, build school pride, and develop leadership, sportsmanship and character-building.”

eSports teams are already forming on campus to compete in games such as “League of Legends,” “HearthStone” and “Overwatch.” Those three games are organized and supported by NACE. SUNY Canton is also among a sizable group of colleges and universities working with the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) to form leagues and competitions in competitive games such as EA Sports titles “FIFA” and “Madden NFL.” ECAC competition may also begin as soon as this spring.

“Prior to any official announcement, we already had more than 40 students on campus express interest in joining the eSports program,” said eSports Head Coach Robert J. Snow, who is an Instructional Support Assistant in the Canino School of Engineering Technology. “I’ve also met numerous prospective students at admissions open houses who are ready to commit to SUNY Canton because of our new eSports program.”

First-year student Emily A. Oeser from Canajoharie has decided to pursue a degree in Game Design and Development while joining the eSports team. She has helped organize current students and looks forward to competing at the varsity level.

“After originally considering a musical career, I’ve decided instead to enroll in the Game Design and Development major,” said Oeser. “Being able to represent SUNY Canton and compete against other schools will be a fantastic experience. I can’t wait.”

Current and prospective students who are interested in learning more about joining SUNY Canton’s eSports program should contact eSports Head Coach Rob Snow (snow117@canton.edu, 315-742-7806.)

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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 joining the North Atlantic Conference beginning in the 2018-19 academic year.

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.