Salem Community College video game design program prepares for big upgrades

By Alex Young | South Jersey Times
on December 22, 2014

CARNEYS POINT TWP.—"I'm Ever since he was a little kid, Salem Community College student Josh Hudson has been fascinated by video games.

He used to watch his dad play his brother in Mortal Kombat, and he remembers being mesmerized by how they were able to make two characters fight on the TV screen by just using a few buttons on a controller.

Salem CC Video Program

When his class would have a career day, the Penns Grove resident would come and in declare, "I want to be a video game designer," he said.

Hudson, now 19, is enrolled in SCC's Game Design and Development program and is well on his way to the career he has long dreamed about.

The GDD program was created in the fall semester of 2012 in partnership with Wilmington University, which offers a bachelor's degree in the same program.

In order to make sure the students are ready for that jump to the next level, the program was recently selected to be part of a round of facility renovations at the school.

John Steiner, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, said the college took advantage of a statewide bond referendum for higher education in 2012 to undertake a multi-stage project that upgrades facilities. In addition to the game design laboratory, the $780,000 project will include renovations to three other classrooms, as well as to the HVAC system in the college's Contini Hall. The project is designed by Garrison Architects of Bellmawr.

Steiner said they decided to focus on game design because it's a relatively new program, there's a big potential for growth and because the school has a partnership with Wilmington University for the program.

"It gives students a smooth way to move up and continue to their bachelor's degree," he said.



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