The computer game industry has become big business. The Washington Business Journal ranks the Baltimore/Washington D.C. area third in the number of computer game companies nationally and GameCareeGuide reports that starting salaries are very good for both programmers and artists. Recent UMBC graduates have gone on to work in a number of the leading companies in the area, including Breakaway Games, Firaxis, and Mythic Entertainment.
To address student interest and also the demand for talented graduates by the local game industry, UMBC is developing a new game development track as an option for students pursuing a B.S. degree in computer science, and a concentration in animation and interactive media for students pursuing a B.A. degree in visual arts. We’ve set up a web site for information on UMBC’s programs in Games, Animation and Interactive Media and are also running an associate GAIM blog.