PHARR – Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD’s Game Design program was recently featured as the main story of the March edition of Texas Lone Star magazine, a publication of the Texas Association of School Boards. PSJA Memorial Early College High School Teacher Douglas Gregory, authored the piece, “Mastering the Game, Unique PSJA Courses Let Students Design Games of the Future,” describing how one of the most popular courses on campus started seven years ago.
“I began teaching graphic design at PSJA ISD…and realized how engrossed my students were with video games,” Gregory wrote. “So I started assigning students theoretical projects related to gaming, such as creating character art, backgrounds and even box art for video games.”
Then he stumbled across an article regarding the US game market and the boom of mobile gaming technology. He knew then that his students had the qualities and drive to be successful in the field.
Since, the school has offered intro to advanced game development courses through Gregory’s Game Design pathway and current students will be able to get an Associate of Applied Science degree in Digital Media Design Technology or in Game Development and Programming from Texas State Technical College in Harlingen.
Last year, several of his students entered a game-design contest sponsored by GameSalad, a gaming software Gregory uses during class, and two entries were featured at the SXSWedu Conference and Festival in Austin.
“Helping prepare students for the challenges of today’s market is a critical component of PSJA’s success,” Gregroy wrote. “These game design courses have been a game changer.”
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