As digital technology has increased in popularity, North Carolina has become home to a growing number of animation and gaming businesses that offer employment opportunities for graduates of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
The school is going through a growth spurt. Its mushrooming animation program now has nine students enrolled and officials expect the discipline to continue growing, especially with a new film school facility that will house the program by 2013.
And the school is in the early stages of planning a joint program between UNCSA and N.C. State University that would allow students to collaborate on gaming efforts. The program would have N.C. State computer engineers create code for the games, while filmmakers and storytellers from UNCSA would create the stories.