The Ministry of Education has approved a new BSc degree program in video game design, RÚV reports.
The three-year distance learning program will be offered by the Keilir Institute of Technology in collaboration with the Norway’s Noroff University College’s School of Technology and Digital Media. Face-to-face meetings will be held at Keilir’s Ásbrú campus on the Reykjanes peninsula.
Program director Nanna Traustadóttir says that the game design program has been in development for several years and is meant to compete with similar programs abroad.Initially, the program will enroll around 40 students. Nanna says that the gaming sector is massive and that there will continue to be a great need for people who are proficient in game design in the future.
Nanna is also emphasizes that a lot more goes into game design than many people think. “Creating a video game is, in all reality, creating a whole new world. We’re talking about a story, dramatization, characters—not to mention the enormous amount of work that goes into each individual character. We’re talking about all kinds of computer processing—not just programming, but obviously programming as well.”