The following is from the Sept. 12, 2007, edition of GameDaily BIZ

Guildhall Offering 5-Year Game Grad Program

The Guildhall at Southern Methodist University today announced that it has launched a degree program offering a bachelor's degree in fine arts and a master's in interactive technology in digital game development within five years. This first-of-its-kind program will have students who choose the dual degree plan complete their School of Arts major requirements and general education at SMU's main campus before moving on to the SMU campus in Plano to complete The Guildhall program.

"Combining our world class undergraduate program in fine art at Meadows with our professional development was a natural," said Dr. Peter Raad, founder and executive director, The Guildhall at SMU. "Since we opened our doors in 2003, high school seniors from across the country have been inquiring as to how they can get into our program. If a high school senior's goal is to someday work as an artist in the video game industry, SMU is the right place for them."

"Gaming has increasingly broad penetration into all forms of cultural expression, and likewise draws more and more from the framework of the arts, physical and social sciences," said James W. Sullivan, chair of the Division of Art at the Meadows School. "Because of the depth of immersion possible within the graduate studies of the Guildhall MIT program, the breadth afforded by the BFA degree will give the next generation of game designers unique tools and experiences to bring to the profession as well as the game environment itself."

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