Media releases

  • New video game program a huge draw for students

    30 March 2016
    Brock University — Communications & Public Affairs

    Before the start button on the new GAME program has been pressed, it’s already on pace for a high score.

    The video game program, a partnership between Brock University and Niagara College, had seven times the number of applicants than available spaces for the first term starting in September 2016.

    Brock Professor Michael Winter, GAME program director, said 366 people applied for the unique degree/diploma program, which has spots for 50 students.

    “These are good numbers, especially because we are offering this for the first time,” he said.

    The program is one-of-a-kind in Canada — offering students the opportunity to earn a university degree and an advanced college diploma in four years.

    Students can choose their stream at Brock – a BA in game design or BSc in game programming. At the same time, they will be working towards an advanced college diploma.

    “If you were to do that in sequence, it would take seven years,” Winter said. “Each year, they have courses here at Brock and at Niagara College. They have access to both locations for the price of one.”

    He said artists and programmers are needed to make high-quality, cutting-edge games.

    “They are different streams with different courses but they have a number of classes together,” he said.

    Over the course of the program, students will team up and create original games starting in the second year. In their fourth year, the best games will be presented at Level Up, a renowned industry showcase held in Toronto.

    Linda Roote, Associate Dean in Niagara College’s School of Media Studies, said the partnership program has been in the works for nearly a decade.

    “It’s really the first time that a college and university are offering a gaming program that runs concurrently,” she said. “We hope that students are going to benefit from the theory side at Brock and the application side at Niagara College.”

    Roote said bringing students together from the game design and programming sides will result in well-rounded graduates ready to work in the booming field of gaming.

    “They work together and that models the industry,” she said. “We’ll have games that are beautiful and high functioning.”

    Roote and Winter said the technology being invested in labs at both schools will be state-of-the-art and students will be using leading edge software and game engines.

    Winter said there are jobs in the gaming industry, which has grown bigger than the film and music industries.

    He added students will also have employment opportunities in a variety of other sectors from multimedia and general programming to web development and special effects.


    For more information or for assistance arranging interviews:
    * Dan Dakin, Media Relations Officer, Brock University,
    905-688-5550 x5353 or 905-347-1970

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  • Collaborative healthcare event April 6

    1 April 2016

    Brock University, McMaster University and Niagara Health System are working together to improve healthcare in the region through collaborative quality improvement projects. The results of this unique partnership will be on display at the Health Quality Symposium Wednesday, April 6 at Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls.

    The fourth annual Health Quality Symposium will highlight the patient experience along with quality improvement projects and outcomes resulting from the Interprofessional Education for Quality Improvement Program, better known as I-EQUIP.

    The I-EQUIP projects function as an extension of the classroom, providing an opportunity for students from Brock and McMaster’s School of Medicine – Niagara campus, as well as leaders and front-line staff from Niagara Health System to work together on a variety of quality initiatives that improve patient care.

    These projects range from improving patient safety and streamlining care through design and implementation to developing an intervention to treat poverty via primary care practices.

    The Symposium will feature two patient experience stories, 16 workshops and two keynote addresses on health-related research and quality improvement through practice.

    More information on the event can be found here:

    What: Fourth annual Health Quality Symposium
    When: April 6, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
    Where: Scotiabank Convention Centre, Niagara Falls.

    For more information or to arrange interviews:

    * Erica Walters, Community Engagement and Development Officer, McMaster University, Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine – Niagara Regional Campus, 905-378-5717, x6416;

    * Steven Gallagher, Communications Specialist, Niagara Health System,, 289-696-6767

    * Dan Dakin, Media Relations Officer, Brock University, 905-688-5550 x5353 or 905-347-1970

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