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February 6, 2018 > Ohlones Game Design Program is No Childs Play

Ohlones Game Design Program is No Childs Play

Submitted By Ohlone College Office of College Advancement

With a curriculum modeled on real world expertise and cutting-edge technology, students in Ohlone CollegeÕs Multimedia & Graphic Arts Department learn how to master the latest tools used in the emerging game design technology field.

According to 2017 Sales, Demographic and Usage data released by the Entertainment Software Association, the video game design industry is booming. The association reported that consumers spent more than $30.4 billion on video game software, hardware and accessories in 2016, and the demand for skilled labor is high. This is particularly true for California, home to over 800 game companiesÑ300 of which are located in the San Francisco Bay Area, considered the mecca of video game design.

Ohlone CollegeÕs Game Design Program allows students to take courses in game design, texturing, 3D modeling and animation to create video games for PC, mobile and Virtual Reality (VR) gaming experiences. In addition to a cutting-edge curriculum, students are provided with opportunities to present their games to a large audience and connect with industry professionals. In 2016 and 2017, Ohlone College students presented their Virtual Reality games at the San Mateo Maker Faire. Their self-constructed, multi-leveled games awed industry professionals and audience members in attendance. Users played a Virtual Reality game catching fireflies in a conservatory modeled after the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers and chased space aliens on planet Mars.

ÒOur classes are run like a real game design company,Ó game design instructor Alejandro Jauco explains. ÒOur students take on different responsibilities such as modeling, concept art, and level prototyping, while others manage the projects and ensure that deadlines for alpha and beta releases are met. Instructors create a collaborative environment for them but the students run the show.Ó

ÒWith growing job demand, our program is expanding,Ó said multimedia instructor Isabel Reichert, adding: ÒWe are developing multidisciplinary classes pairing game design with engineering and computer science.Ó

The Multimedia and Graphic Arts Department at Ohlone College is a high-quality program that allows students to take courses in game design, 3D modeling, 2D and 3D animation, video production, web design, and graphic design. The department provides access to a postsecondary education to a diverse student population, preparing them for transfer to 4-year institutions or a job in a creative field.

For more information, please visit ohlone.edu/multimedia or contact Isabel Reichert at ireichert@ohlone.edu.

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