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Division of Games and Arts

Head of Division: Dr Dayna Galloway

The Division of Games and Arts is home to Abertay’s internationally recognised research and teaching in game design, computer games technology, computer arts and sound and music production.

The Division’s programmes have been designed to support the development of technical and creative skills, and to provide exciting opportunities to collaborate closely with industry, lecturers and students from across different disciplines to design and develop live game prototypes and innovative creative media.

Facilities

Our approach to game education incorporates workplace simulation and development environments.

The learning spaces are a combination of dedicated development studios and project spaces. Specialised spaces for content and asset creation include:

  • a green screen and motion capture studio, 
  • a 3D modelling and animation suite, 
  • a professional grade sound and audio recording studio, 
  • a Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality lab, and
  • a life drawing studio. 

Abertay is also a leading partner in Sony’s PlayStation First initiative and is home to the largest PlayStation teaching lab in Europe.

Students have access to the latest development hardware and software on campus.

Research

Academic staff in the division have pursued research on a diverse range of themes, including:

  • games with purpose 
  • graphics programming 
  • interactive design in the performing arts 
  • experimental game jams
  • game aesthetics

Recent research and knowledge exchange collaborations include projects with:

  • Microsoft UK
  • Sony Computer Entertainment Europe
  • 20th Century Fox
  • the Victoria and Albert Museum of London 
  • the National Theatre of Scotland 
  • and the Scottish Dance Theatre