Gearbox Software Offering Scholarship at SMU
Want to go to college and learn the ins and outs of software programming, but don’t have the funds? Well, thanks to Gearbox, some lucky students will get to learn this valuable skill thanks to a new scholarship program. Gearbox Software (Brothers in Arms) is pledging $50,000 in scholarships and support to the Fellows Scholars program at The Guildhall at Southern Methodist University. Not only will Gearbox be offering much needed financial support for art creation, level design and software programming graduate students, they will also be providing ans audio and lab professional mentors for students during their study.
“The only thing growing faster than our industry is the critical need for new and creative talent,” said Randy Pitchford, CEO and president of Gearbox. “I think it is clear that the videogame industry has the vast financial support and consumer demand it needs to continue its global growth. But what I and many industry leaders are very worried about is hiring and retaining world class talent. That’s why programs like The Guildhall at SMU need our support.”
Since SMU began The Guildhall program in 2004, 15 of their graduates have become employed by Gearbox, and several of these graduates have a major role in the development of Borderlands which is scheduled to hit the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 sometime around Christmas 2008. The Guildhall has a 95% placement rate and more than 180 graduates are currently working at 70 different videogame studios around the globe. Offering both a Master’s degree and a graduate Professional Certificate of Interactive Technology in Digital Game Development, with specializations in art creation, level design and software development – this definitely sounds like an integral step for anyone who is interested in these fields to take.