My name is Sharon Reeves and I’m an employee of DeVry University. The decision to pursue ones education is an important and personal one. You most likely have many decisions ahead of you. You are right to question whether pursuing a specialized degree would be the best choice for preparing for your dream career and whether what you learn in that specialized program can be used to start a career outside of the game industry.
At DeVry University, students enrolled in the Game and Simulation Programming (GSP) bachelor’s degree program learn how to program, define requirements, manage projects and work effectively in a collaborative environment. Much of the knowledge and skills gained in GSP is also applicable for starting a career in Information Systems / Technology and several of our GSP graduates have begun their careers with companies outside of the game industry.
I'd also like to provide some clarification points about DeVry University, in response to your question. DeVry University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC/NCA), www.ncahlc.org. The University's Keller Graduate School of Management is included in this accreditation.
The HLC is one of six regional agencies that accredit U.S. colleges and universities at the institutional level; is recognized by both the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation; and accredits approximately one-third of U.S. regionally accredited public and private institutions. Accreditation provides assurance to the public and to prospective students that standards of quality have been met. For more information please visit: http://www.devry.edu/whydevry/accreditation.jsp
If interested, I recommend that you review the degree requirements in our online catalog - http://www.devry.edu/assets/pdf/uscatalog/US_Catalog.pdf
- The catalog also includes descriptions of all the courses that are required to meet graduation requirements. This will be useful for comparison to other similar programs as you evaluate your educational options.
Interested in learning more about the gaming industry in general? Check out:
• The International Game Developers Association - http://www.igda.org/
• Game Developers Conference - http://www.gdconf.com/
• Live Chat, Q&A on Interactive Media, Gaming & Design - DeVry University Facebook Event Wall - https://www.facebook.com/events/350803258301037/ (scroll down through the event to see common questions answered about the game industry)
• Gamedevmap - http://www.gamedevmap.com/
In addition, to get a better feel of what DeVry University is all about, I can recommend the following sources:
• Why DeVry - http://www.devry.edu/whydevry/quality_education.jsp
• Student Testimonials - http://www.devry.edu/whydevry/student-testimonials.jsp
• DeVry University Facebook Page - https://www.facebook.com/DEVRYUNIVERSITY
I hope this provided some clarification on DeVry University and your educational options.
National Associate Dean