A unique blend of digital art, computer games and cybersecurity innovation will be unveiled at the biggest ever Abertay Digital Graduate Show as the University celebrates 20 Years of Games.
ADGS is the cornerstone event for a programme of celebrations marking two decades of games education at Abertay University and will run from May 5-9.
For the first time, this year’s expanded ADGS will take over all five floors of Abertay’s Bell Street Student Centre where more than 170 final year students will showcase their work.
An array of exciting, unusual and creative graduate projects will be exhibited, including software that can transmit from space, concept art linked to a device that turns mobile phones into a virtual reality headset, and a chillingly realistic AAA game that sees players escape from a creepy locked room.
ADGS also acts as the launch event of Dundee’s Ignite Festival which shines a spotlight on culture across the city.
As well as student work, a series of weekend workshops are planned for families including paper craft design sessions, Raspberry Pi computing, a music and sound for games tutorial, and animation and comic design classes.
School children will attend coding workshops and quick fire lectures while a business breakfast is also scheduled.
Clare Brennan, ADGS lead and curator of the Hannah Maclure Centre, said the expanded show will feature some of Scotland’s finest digital graduate talent.
She added: “This is the biggest ADGS we have ever staged and students, academics and staff are all working hard to make sure it is an event to remember.
“Many of our graduates are operating at the cutting edge of the digital world and no other exhibition captures the unique mix of art and technology created here at Abertay.”
To celebrate 20 Years of Games at Abertay a special Game Changers exhibition has been added to the ADGS line-up from May 5-9.
The showcase will pay tribute to 20 graduates who have made an impact on the computer games industry both in the UK and internationally.
A game-themed Pecha Kucha evening will run on May 6, featuring speakers who have played a part in Abertay’s success over the last two decades and a Back to Campus celebration for games graduates, including tours of the University, will be hosted the same night.
A series of other events linked to 20 Years of Games will take place as the year progresses, including the rebooted Dare Academy, a student-led gaming tournament, Desert Island Games interview sessions, a city-wide games festival, the Inktober design event, the annual NEoN festival and a 20 Years of Games finale on campus.
A full list of dates and timings for ADGS will be released next month.