University of Utah to Offer Unity Certification to Game Design Students

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (Marketwired) -- Aug 30, 2016 -- Unity Technologies, the largest global development platform for creating 2D, 3D, VR and AR games and experiences, today announced a new partnership with the University of Utah. Under the first of its kind agreement, all senior undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in the University of Utah's Entertainment Arts & Engineering (EAE) program can become Unity Certified Developers, free of charge. The Unity Certification Exam and program is designed to give developers the opportunity to validate their design and programming skills and demonstrate foundational proficiency in the industry's leading platform for game development. Unity serves more than 5.5M registered developers around the world, from independent creators and hobbyists to mid-size and AAA studios.

"We're committed to supporting developers and believe Unity Certification helps bridge the gap between a passion for games and a successful career," said Megan Stewart, Head of Global Education at Unity Technologies. "The University of Utah is the most prestigious game design program in the country, and this move illustrates a clear focus on the long-term success of their students."

Named by The Princeton Review as the top game design program in the country in 2016, the University of Utah's Entertainment Arts & Engineering program received special recognition for the quality of its academics, strength of faculty and high rates of job placement for alumni. Alumni have gone on to work at some of the industry's largest game developers including Electronic Arts, Bethesda Softworks, Blizzard Entertainment, and Ubisoft.

"A dedication to academic excellence is our top priority, and we take every measure to ensure that our students are well prepared for their careers in the competitive fields of game design and development," said Robert Kessler, Director of the University of Utah's Entertainment Arts & Engineering program. "The Unity Certification Exam is one more way we can help our distinguished alumni stand apart from the crowd with marketable skills and a strong foundation."

In addition to the Unity Certification Exam, Unity also provides an online learning program that directly maps to the content covered on the exam and was specifically designed to help students prepare. The courseware was also designed with educators in mind, and developed based on modern learning science principles to complement and support the way they teach. Courseware is available for individual purchase online -- universities and other academic institutions or educational programs interested in offering Unity Certification and Courseware can visit https://certification.unity.com/education to learn more and request additional information.

About Unity Technologies

Unity Technologies is the creator of a flexible and high-performance end-to-end development platform used to create rich, interactive 2D, 3D, VR and AR experiences. Unity's powerful graphics engine and full-featured editor serve as the foundation to develop beautiful games or apps and easily bring them to multiple platforms: mobile devices, home entertainment systems, personal computers, and embedded systems. Unity also offers solutions and services for creating games, boosting productivity, and connecting with audiences including Unity Ads, Unity Analytics, Unity Asset Store, Unity Cloud Build, Unity Collaborate, Unity Connect and Unity Certification. Unity Technologies serves over 5.5 million registered developers around the globe, including large publishers, indie studios, students and hobbyists around the globe. For more information, visit: http://unity3d.com to see the latest games and experiences created in Unity, go to: http://madewith.unity.com.

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