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20 Years of Games

Two decades of education, one year of celebration

20 Years Of Games image (placeholder until ADGS) In 1997, Abertay University embarked on a journey into computer games education that would shape the future of the institution, the games industry and the city of Dundee itself.

To mark 20 years since we became the first in the world to offer degrees in games, a year-long programme of celebration has been organised, featuring an array of events, workshops, design sessions, talks and tournaments.

Not only will these events shine a light on the contemporary work of our current students, there will also be recognition of the graduates who have created pathways into industry and helped shape modern day courses.

Much has changed since the 1990s and the mobile phone applications that many of today’s cohort are now devising were still years away from creation when our first courses launched.

Over that time, what is now the School of Arts, Media and Computer Games has grown in tandem with massive investment in teaching and infrastructure facilities at Abertay to ensure our graduates have the best education on the market, including strong links to industry.

Indeed in March this year, the prestigious Princeton Review ranked Abertay as best in Europe and in the world top 20 for our undergraduate and postgraduate courses respectively, recognising the culture of excellence embedded here.

In the past 20 years, our campus has become a melting pot of Scottish, UK, EU and International games talent, with student accessing links to the likes of Sony, Disney and Ubisoft while learning from a host of seasoned academic staff.

That collaborative culture will be celebrated in style across 2017 as - following on from our biggest ever Global Game Jam - Abertay has hosted an expanded Digital Graduate Show, Games PechaKucha and Game Changers Exhibition, as well as a host of other events including tournaments, live interviews, visiting speakers and our 20 Greatest Games list.

We will shortly be announcing more events taking place over the coming months, so keep an eye out.

A series of game-related workshops and talks were also held as part of Dundee Design Festival.

For more information on all of these events check out the News section below!


Games projects at Dundee Design Festival

Abertay staff and students presented workshops and PechaKucha talks as part of Dundee Design Festival. Read more

BAFTA win for Abertay games team

A team of Abertay University games students are celebrating after scooping the prestigious Ones to Watch prize at the BAFTA Games Awards. Read more

Graduates return for 20 Years of Games Pecha Kucha

Some of the world’s premier computer games creators returned to Abertay University to present quick-fire talks during a special 20 Years of Games Pecha Kucha evening. Read more

Abertay games courses ranked best in Europe

Abertay University computer games courses have been ranked best in Europe for the third consecutive year by the prestigious Princeton Review. Read more

Prestigious judging panel for new Dare Academy

Abertay University’s new Dare Academy games design competition is now live with student teams bidding for a chance to gain massive industry exposure and international experience. Read more

BAFTA visit amid 20 Years of Games celebrations

Some of the UK’s best young computer games designers visited Abertay as the University celebrates 20 Years of Games. Read more

Biggest Global Game Jam event in Abertay's history

Abertay staged the biggest Global Game Jam event in the University’s history, signalling the start of celebrations to mark 20 years of video games courses. Read more

Reboot for Dare to be Digital

Abertay’s Dare to be Digital games design competition will be rebooted as the University celebrates 20 years of games. Read more

Graduates celebrate Women in Games honour

Three Abertay University computer games graduates are celebrating being named as European ambassadors by Women in Games. Read more