GMU Computer Game Design Degree
My Alma Mater George Mason University is offering a Computer Game Design Degree, a four year degree and I believe it is the only one in Virginia or surrounding area. I am not biased as I did go there for undergrad (Computer Science) and Law, I generally believe this is a great idea. They also have classes specific to mobile as well. This is a program that is apparently booming as the Washington Post has some enrollment numbers in their article about the degree.
Mobile, mobile gaming, gaming in general and many other industries need designers with the skill sets that are becoming increasingly more specialized. A four year degree, even classes in general is a great idea as it will become too much of a learning curve for companies to hire individuals that need to be trained from the ground up. A program like this allows the students to hit the ground running and become much more marketable upon graduation.
Personally I am hoping to see multiple new start-up spinouts from GMU based on this program. Seed funding is growing recently and a program like this along with a hot seed market could create a nice startup industry in and around the Nations capital. Or so I can hope.