Rider University to start bachelor’s degree in game and interactive media design

“We want students to be able to develop expertise for a variety of areas under the video game design umbrella.” – Justin Burton, assistant professor of music at Rider University.

Rider University will begin offering a Bachelor of Arts in Game and Interactive Media Design in fall 2019.

This degree will give students a foundation in video game design, storytelling, development, songwriting, composition, animation and filmmaking.

“We want students to be able to develop expertise for a variety of areas under the video game design umbrella,” Justin Burton, assistant professor of music said in a press release. “This will allow students to take advantage of the faculty expertise in multiple disciplines around the university, giving them the opportunity to explore their individual interests in their elective choices.”

Rider said the program is designed to prepare students to create immersive, interactive experiences, complete with compelling storylines, fully developed characters, integrated music and a cohesive design.

Video games are a rapidly growing industry, generating $140 billion in revenue worldwide, according to the Electronic Software Association, a trade association of the video game industry in the United States.

According to Rider, gaming is reaching beyond the world of entertainment and impacting business, education, finance, health care and government. In addition to creating interactive programs, Rider graduates will be trained to better understand games and interactive media in social and political contexts through media theory and analysis.

David Hutter
David Hutter grew up in Darien, Conn., and covers higher education, transportation and manufacturing for NJBIZ. He can be reached at: dhutter@njbiz.com.

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