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Rasmussen College School Of Technology And Design Responds To Industry Demand With Expansion Of Bachelor's Degree Offerings

Game and Simulation Programming and Digital Design and Animation Programs Now Available to Students Interested in Entering Rapidly Growing Fields at Campuses in Wisconsin and Minnesota

September 14, 2010

MINNEAPOLIS, (September 14, 2010) – As companies nationwide are employing the expertise of technology and design professionals, Rasmussen College announces its Minnesota and Wisconsin college campuses are now accepting enrollment for two new Bachelor’s degree programs designed to give prospective students an opportunity to acquire the skills necessary to enter these in-demand fields. Scheduled to launch in October 2010 through the School of Technology and Design, the Bachelor’s degree programs in Game & Simulation Programming and Digital Design and Animation will be offered at 14 campuses and online.

From traditional to niche entertainment, businesses in all categories require the expertise of digital design and animation professionals. These professionals use digital media to drive communication and brand marketing, but can also produce graphics, character development, storyboarding and special effects for games, custom designs, forensic animations and many other applications. The Bachelor’s in Digital Design and Animation degree program, now offered at Rasmussen College campuses in Minnesota, Florida, Wisconsin, and online, cultivates the student’s natural creativity and provides the technical instruction students need to develop skills that will put them at an advantage in the job search within such a highly competitive field.

“The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment of digital design and animation professionals to grow faster than average for all occupations,” Rasmussen College National Director of Career Development Tamryn Hennessy said. “Our Bachelor’s program was specifically designed for students interested in employment within the industry and offers resources that will allow them to enter the job search process with a professional digital design portfolio, putting them a step ahead of the competition.”

Similarly, the Bachelor’s in Game & Simulation Programming degree teaches the game design programming techniques and languages students need to develop and support virtual environments from real time simulations to mobile device applications. Professionals in this industry develop games and simulation projects from blue sky concept to finished product for industries as diverse as military, healthcare, education and entertainment.

“The Video Games in the 21st Century report for 2010 by the Entertainment Software Association lists a 10.6 percent growth of the U.S. computer and video game software industry for 2005-2009, compared to 1.4 percent growth of the overall economy,” Rasmussen College Director of the School of Technology and Design Hap Aziz said. “Our talented educators prepare students to enter this growing field and become designers of software ranging from computer games and business applications to operating and network control systems.”

As a part of its expansion of its School of Technology and Design, Rasmussen College is opening 11,000 square feet of dedicated space at its first ever Technology and Design center in Brooklyn Park, Minn. The new facility is scheduled to open October 2010.

Students interested in enrolling for the Bachelor’s in Digital Design and Animation or Bachelor’s in Game & Simulation Programming degree programs may visit Rasmussen also offers Associate’s degrees in Multimedia Technologies with specializations in Web Design and Digital Design and Animation.

For additional information about the programs offered through Rasmussen College visit

Rasmussen College is a regionally accredited private college and Public Benefit Corporation that is dedicated to changing lives through high-demand educational programs and public service. Rasmussen College offers Certificate and Diploma programs through Associate's and Bachelor's degrees online and across its 24 Midwest and Florida campuses in a supportive, student-centered and career-focused environment. Since 1900, Rasmussen College has been dedicated to being a primary contributor to the growth and development of the communities it serves. As a Benefit Corporation, Rasmussen College is committed to helping change lives through education and making a positive impact on society through public service and a variety of community-based initiatives. For more information about Rasmussen College, please visit

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