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Game Development at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County:

The video game industry has become big business. As of 2007, it has surpassed both the music industry and movie industry in total revenue. The Washington Business Journal ranks the Baltimore area third nationally in the number of computer game companies.

UMBC has two options for students interested in game development. The Visual Arts Department has an undergraduate concentration on Animation and Interactive Media. The CSEE Department has a track within the Computer Science program on Game Development. Both departments began offering these programs in the Fall of 2007.

UMBC graduates have gone on to work in leading companies such as Big Huge Games, Breakaway , Firaxis, Mythic, ZeniMax online studios and AMD. According to, average starting salaries are $58,000 for programmers and $45,500 for artists.

Contact us by email at gaim at

We are especially interested in hearing from prospective students as well as from companies that would like to collaborate with us through joint projects, research, internships, sponsoring events and activities, and hiring UMBC graduates.

More about different game-development-related activites and resources below:


UMBC's Game Developers' Club

There is a years-long tradition at UMBC for Undergraduates to get together to develop their own games. In the first few weeks of every semester, projects form that produce new games.

Follow this link to see the club's web site


Baltimore IGDA

Baltimore has one of the world's strongest local chapters of the Independent Game Developers' Association, which hosts monthly meetings (often in a game development company's headquarters), annual reviews of student work, and continuing professional education events.

Link to the Baltimore IGDA Chapter's site.


The Global Game Jam

UMBC hosts a Global Game jam site every winter.

Link to a page with more information.


Baltimore- Area Resources for Careers in Game Development

Maryland Modeling and Simulation 2007 Directory, Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development.

Game Developers Map: search "Washington DC" to find a listing of Maryland, DC and Northern Virginia companies.

Working so others can play: Jobs in the video game industry, Ocupational Outlook Quarterly, U.S. Department

Maryland -- The East Coast Hub of the Gaming Industry, Montgomery College Web

Game related companies in the MD-DC-VA area.



The lab has:

  • 10 Windows PCs with XBox development tools (Visual Studio and XNA Game Studio Express)
  • Maya animation and 3D modeling software
  • Emergent Gamebryo commercial game engine
  • 12 XBox 360's (Part of a gift of 20 XBox 360s from Microsoft)
  • With Creators Club to load student-developed XNA games
  • There are additional XBox 360s in graphics and animation labs on campus
  • 10 Playstation 3's with Linux programming environments (In conjunction with the UMBC Multicore Computational Center

This lab is being used in GAIM classes and by the Game Development Club. If you are a GAIM student who is not currently in a class using the lab, but would like GAIM lab access, contact us by email at gaim at


The UMBC GAIM programs acknowledge generous support from
Microsoft Next Century Corporation
Emergent Game Technologies



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