SUNY Corning Community College and SUNY Canton have implemented a “1+3” program in Game Design. Students who complete the first year of the program at SUNY CCC and meet the appropriate academic requirements will be accepted into the Game Design and Development bachelor’s degree program at SUNY Canton.
“SUNY CCC is committed to helping students realize their professional goals,” said SUNY CCC Provost L. Dean Fisher, Ph.D. “Partnerships like the 1+3 program in Game Design with SUNY Canton pave a guided and smooth path for students who come to us with a vision in mind for the future. It also strengthens our suite of academic options.”
According to GameDesigning.org, recent career growth in game design is due to the influx of new technology, which creates opportunities for game designers to deliver new entertainment. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics categorizes game design under multimedia artists, which has an estimated growth rate of 8 percent over the next few years.
Students transferring under this agreement into SUNY Canton will be provided with a projected outline of their individual requirements for the bachelor’s degree. This effort will help provide students with academic advisement and career planning throughout their program of study.
“Partnering with SUNY CCC benefits both colleges tremendously,” said Associate Provost and Dean of Academic Support Services Molly A. Mott, Ph.D. “Joint programmatic offerings fit well within our mission and match the State University of New York’s laddering initiatives. Students can start at one college and seamlessly continue at another with a clear career goal in mind.”
New students will be required to enroll in designated courses identified for the first year of the Game Design curriculum. During the following three years students can begin taking Computer Logic, Fundamentals of Game Design, and Intro to Programming. SUNY Canton’s program is overseen by Assistant Professor Ryan S. Hewer, the owner and lead developer for Little Red Dog Games.
SUNY Canton also has a thriving varsity esports program, which attracts numerous Game Design and Development students. Gamers can tryout to play for one of the college’s six teams, which includes competitive “Overwatch,” “League of Legends” and “Fortnite” among other popular titles.