UHV, TimeGate expand partnership with new gaming certificate

Nov. 10, 2012 at 5:10 a.m.

Alireza Tavakkoli

Alireza Tavakkoli

Starting in the fall, students with an undergraduate degree will be able to earn a video gaming certificate from the University of Houston-Victoria by completing courses, exams and projects.

The university will team up with TimeGate Studios to offer the first industry-certified post-baccalaureate gaming certificate in the nation.

The certificate will be certified by TimeGate Studios, a world-class studio headquartered in Sugar Land.

Since its founding in 1998, TimeGate has released numerous successful video game launches across multiple game platforms such as Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.

The company's video game credits are vast, including "Aliens: Colonial Marines," scheduled to be released next spring.

"TimeGate is one of the top companies in the gaming industry in the state," said Alireza Tavakkoli, assistant professor of computer science.

"Their standards are high.This certificate will not just be a piece of paper. It will have an impact on the ability of students to secure a job in the gaming or film industry," said Adel Chaveleh, president and CEO of TimeGate Studios.

"Students from traditional art and computer science programs often lack the industry-specific training and experience to convince employers that they're a cut above their peers," Chaveleh said. "The expert knowledge and portfolio-building classwork offered by this certificate will give UHV students a unique advantage in nailing a job within this highly competitive industry."

Jeffrey Di Leo, dean of the UHV School of Arts & Sciences, said the gaming certificate was a natural next step.

"We are delighted to expand our partnership with TimeGate," he said. "The feedback we have received from our student interns and from TimeGate leaders has been overwhelmingly positive."

Jeffrey Cass, UHV provost and vice president for academic affairs, said the certificate expands UHV's outreach and connects students with their industry's workforce.

"Partnerships such as this one strengthen our relationship with the business community and allow our students to connect with professionals in business settings," Cass said.



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