Gamers can now turn their interest in computer games into an academic pursuit. The Faculty of Engineering at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont., is offering an undergraduate program in software engineering that focuses on game design.

Engineering courses include computer architecture and graphics processors, 4D modeling for virtual reality, real-time systems and control, real-time animation, and computer game interface design.

Courses offered by the multimedia program include the digital image, audio and visual digital media, animation and interactive digital culture. Graduates of the four-year program will earn a Bachelor of Engineering degree. The program begins in September 2005.

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