HEVGA 2019 Survey of Program Graduates

Today the Higher Education Video Game Alliance published its 2019 Survey of Program Graduates.

By surveying alumni of higher education video games programs, HEVGA aimed to understand whether education in video games translates well into future participation in the industry. This survey is a follow-up to HEVGA’s 2015 Survey of Program Graduates. To download the full report, click here or go to hevga.org/reports.

HEVGA is a global network of game educations but the majority of responses to this survey (~89%) were from the US. Ours is a global industry so the information is still relevant for all of us, but for more details about our educations on Gotland in particular please have a look at our own Alumni Statistics.

Highlighted findings

A survey of almost 400 graduates of games programs from colleges and universities found the following:

  • Salaries for graduates of university and college games programs are higher than for those with similar education, and much higher than for the average American.
  • Graduates find employment in a wide variety of jobs within the game industry. They also find numerous opportunities outside the game industry, which reflects the broad applicability of skills developed in games programs.
  • Games programs continue to adapt to changing technological needs and industry demands. Most students have access to internships and practicums.
  • Students are less likely to be White than those in the US population. Generally, African Americans are still underrepresented.
  • Students are much more likely to identify as LGBTQ+ than the average American.

There remain some significant challenges to graduates’ success in the game industry:

  • Women’s job satisfaction drops off quickly—most notably after two years of working in the industry. This is a critical concern that must be addressed.
  • Graduates who pursue self-employment in the games industry report lower work satisfaction than those employed in companies.
  • Games industry workers who are members of marginalized communities continue to note barriers to inclusion in the workplace.
  • HEVGA received few international responses to the survey, which will require specific attention in future surveys.

From the president

At its core, education helps shape the adults that will build tomorrow, and gives them the knowledge and resources to be productive in ways that are meaningful for them and for a global society.

The following report is a reflection of that vision. It examines what our students are doing during their time at colleges and universities, provides a window into their experiences as graduates, and reveals the real-world impact games education has on their lives in their own words. It examines where they have gone, what they have done, the industries they are impacting, and the myriad of ways they are contributing to the world of our future.

This examination reflects the core of HEVGA’s mission and our commitment to the well-being of our programs and students. Through this report, we are excited to share the collective successes of our alumni and information about their experiences after graduation. It is personally gratifying every time we are able to release such material, as it highlights HEVGA’s key role in observing and reporting the overall trends, issues, and practices of games in higher education, with an aim toward continual improvement.

Andrew Phelps, HEVGA president

Guest Lecture: Jan-Jaap Severs (Grendel Games)

Jan-Jaap Severs is visiting us again next week for a guest lecture on serious games and the challenges inherent to the production and design of these types of games. Jan-Jaap is one of the co-founders of Grendel Games, a studio that’s been producing validated and commercially successful serious games for twenty years now! That is a lot of experience to be listening in on.

Time: 10:00-12:00, Thu 14th March
Place: E22, Campus Gotland

“Dealing with stakeholders, requirements and evidence in serious games development”

Jan-Jaap Severs, Grendel Games

During this lecture we will discuss several aspects that make serious game design and development a challenging endeavor.

We will look at managing stakeholders and domain experts with different backgrounds, who speak totally different languages. We will investigate methods of gathering requirements from these stakeholders and the common obstacles we face during that process. Finally, we will discuss the gathering and dissemination of scientific evidence of the effect of a serious game and how we can prepare for this during the design phase.

The lecture will be structured around three in-depth examples in the fields of surgery training, behavioral change pertaining to water consumption and mathematics training for children with learning disabilities.

Time: 10:00-12:00, Thu 14th March
Place: E22, Campus Gotland

Please note: students taking the Serious Games class must be given priority. There are only ~20 free seats available, so guests have to be prepared to sit in the stairs!

Questions? Contact the course responsible; Ernest Adams.

Apply for the Games Research Summer School!

At last years game educator’s summit there was a desire to set up a Research Summer School. The idea was for a roaming event, highlighting and strengthening games research. Together with our colleagues at Högskolan i Skövde and Södertörns Högskola we are happy to announce that applications are now open for the first Research Summer School in Skövde this August!

The three day summer school is open to PhD- and graduate students who are working in areas connected to digital games and takes place in Skövde, Sweden, from 21 to 23 of August 2019. Both early PhD students who are presenting conceptual work and planning for research as well as advanced students who near their defense are welcome. The course is worth 3 credits (ECTS).

Students will present their work and get individual prepared feedback from a senior researcher and a peer. The summer school also offers lectures and workshops led by senior researchers. The topics for 2019 are:

There will also be a seminar that allows participants to find collaboration possibilities and partners and formulate possible topics and agendas for shared research projects. 

Application (25th of March)

If you are interested in participating, please send the following to Patrick Prax before the 18th 25th of March*:

  1. An academic text that you are currently working on (between 500 and 1500 words excluding references)
  2. short description of the over-all (research) project this work is a part of. This could be your dissertation, a master thesis, or another kind of publication or design work.
  3. A brief CV showing your academic and professional work related to games
  4. A few small travel stipends are available on a first come, first serve basis (it will not cover the full cost). If you have financial need, please include this in your email and you will be notified if any stipends are available based on the time you submit your application. You do not need to submit financial information

* The application deadline has been postponed by a week. The new deadline is 25th of march!

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