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DLSU-College of St. Benilde gears up for game development course

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By Alex Villafania, hackenslash Reporter INQUIRER.net DE La Salle-College of St. Benilde (DLS-CSB) is taking steps to implement a full degree on game development, starting with preparing to secure a permit from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to allow them to offer the course hopefully by school year 2009. CSB's Game Design and Development will be a 10-term program spread throughout the school's trimestral system. In an interview, CSB Dean for School of Management and IT Benhur Ong said the course will cover all the basics of game development, software programming, digital arts, animation and storyboard development.
Online Videos by Veoh.com There will even be programs on designing game engines, the building block of all video games. Creative writing will also be integrated to help future students of the course in developing stories for video games. Ong said the course was developed with the assistance of experts from the Game Developers Association of the Philippines, a young organization of local game developers. He said some of the members there have even offered to lend their expertise, both as members of faculty or to further develop the course. "We always make sure that our offerings are always in accordance with the current industry requirements and so we work with the industry experts to impart their knowledge to students who will be part of their companies in the future," Ong said. CSB Dean for School of Design and Arts Gerard Torres said that majority of the curriculum's content is already being offered by the school, which is a combination of at least two separate departments, the School of Design and Arts and the School of Management and IT. "What we need is to have a formal course to offer game development," Torres said. On the other hand, he stressed that what they are offering is to expose interested students to game development as there are no schools yet offering such a degree. Furthermore, the growing number of game development firms would need fresh workers who will have specific skills. Torres said that part of their plan is to build the materials and resources of the curriculum as they go along. They would also be building up their infrastructure, which would include more powerful computers to handle the high computing requirements of game engine development and 3D rendering. Likewise, the CSB could eventually partner with foreign schools that also offer game development for student and teacher exchange programs in order to build up the school's capabilities. Torres added that while game development is still in its infancy in the Philippines, it could open new economic opportunities for budding game developers.

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