Famous game company Blizzard Entertainment COO Paul Sams has confirmed to found a new game design school, the Denius-SamsGamingAcademy. The University of Texas at Austin is joining forces with Warren Spector and Paul Sams.
Trumpeted as “the first video game program in the United States led and taught by gaming industry executives,” the new school will feature both Spector and Sams as part-time instructors. Spector will also be guiding the academy’s curriculum.
The Denius-SamsGamingAcademy, named after co-founders Wofford Denius, Sams and his wife, will begin in 2014 with only 20 spots for students, and will award a postbaccalaureate certificate rather than a graduate degree, which the school says will help it remain industry-focused. Though the academy is a post-baccalaureate program, it offers a certificate rather than a traditional graduate degree. Instruction will be delivered over “an intense, 12-month program” in which students work in teams to develop a small-scale game. The Denius-SamsGamingAcademy refers to itself as “industry driven,” aiming to produce graduates on a quick turnaround in order to “remain relevant and responsive to industry trends.”
Students selected for admission will also get a tuition waiver and a $10,000 stipend for fees and housing expenses. The program will begin next fall. “It will focus on building the skills required for students to lead teams and develop games from concept to completion,” says Sams.
“What differentiates the Denius-SamsGamingAcademy is that it will focus explicitly on the bigger creative leadership aspects of game development — on the management and production side and on the creative leadership side,” wrote Spector in a press release. “This is a space that’s not being filled by the other programs and it will make the academy unique.”For more information about video game then check out