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Arts, Media and Computer Games

Bringing industry to the classroom


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In the School of Arts, Media and Computer Games (AMG) we aim to educate our students to be the innovators and ground breakers in tomorrow’s computer games and digital media industries.

We have strong links with major companies and through those links we ensure that people from industry are directly involved in delivering part of all our courses. We offer a wide range of courses, ranging from games programming at the science and technology end, to narrative-based animation at the arts end.

All our courses are Skillset accredited and AMG itself has been awarded Skillset Media Academy status. In addition, the Scottish Government designated Abertay University as the Scottish University Centre for Excellence in Computer Games Education. This important new centre operates within the School.

Our teaching spaces have been designed to be like the studio environments that modern creative companies use – in those spaces you will see games programmers working alongside animators and visual artists, and sound technologists creating content for computer games and other interactive media products.

Staff in the School are involved in collaborative research with other disciplines at Abertay University. Current work includes applying computer game technologies to create visualisations to aid research investigations in many fields. We are creating visualisation models of the way the environment works, or to help plan health care and delivery systems. We also work closely in using computing games as an educational tool.

Abertay University is part of the PlayStation®First Academic Development Programme. Students can develop their skills on the latest PlayStation® hardware and can access the PlayStation®First expertise network. Students are better equipped to enter the games industry having proven themselves using industry strength tools on a real platform.

The School offers courses built on developing your skills and work experience, and preparing you to step straight into an exciting, rewarding job in the rapidly growing creative industries.

Find out more about PlayStation®First on their web site

Learn more about the Skillset Media Academy initiative, and see great examples of work, on the Skillset YouTube channel.


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