Mohawk College will use the backdrop of Hamilton’s Comic Con event over the weekend to recruit students for a three-year game design program.
The learning facility aims to offer a Game Design Advanced Diploma program to capitalize on the expansion of the game design industry expected in the greater Hamilton area over the next few years.
Angela Stukator, a special adviser who helped create the new program, says design, technical and artistic skills, and an ethics course will be part of the curriculum they hope will prepare potential workers in the global industry that will make $160 billion in 2026 -dollar will reach.
“That’s why we think it’s a perfect opportunity and Hamilton is so well positioned in terms of its investments in culture, arts and technology,” Stukator told 900 CHML Good morning Hamilton.
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The program, which is accepting applications in October for a September 2023 start, hopes to create a talent pipeline that feeds directly into Ontario’s growing digital industry.
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Stukator says the program will cover a wide spectrum for students with critical problem solving, design thinking and communication skills, as well as patience as it is a “very iterative process”.
Mohawk executives say the program is designed to model, rather than reflect, the gaming industry through an understanding of how content affects users.
“So we’re trying to disassociate games with triple-A games (from big publishers) and say, look, there are opportunities for us to look at different ways that gamification and gameplay can be democratized,” he said .
A recent study released by Global Industry Analysts Inc. revised forecasts for the digital gaming industry over the summer, suggesting that the annual market value would rise to $160 billion in 2026, compared to the estimated $104 billion the expected by the end of 2022.
The increase is largely due to growth in mobile games, driven by technological advances to improve graphics and user interactions, and a 50 percent increase in mobile app downloads during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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