03 April 2017

Games courses included on BAFTA list

Games courses included on BAFTA list

An Abertay University computer games course ranked in the Princeton Review’s global top ten is included in a BAFTA scholarship programme on offer in the UK, China and Hong Kong.

The University’s MProf in Computer Games Development is included on a list of eligible courses for students applying for this year's BAFTA scholarships.

The confirmation comes after the Princeton Review rated Abertay the 9th best institution in the world for postgraduate computer games courses and number one in Europe for undergraduate courses.

Taught within the Scottish Centre for Excellence in Computer Games Education at Abertay, the course offers a unique postgraduate experience, specifically designed in collaboration with games industry partners.

Students work within games development teams to produce innovative projects under the expert stewardship of full-time staff experienced in both the games industry and academia.

They also receive guidance and mentorship from games industry representatives to develop the professional skills and knowledge relevant to roles within the sector.

Professor Gregor White, Head of Abertay’s School of Arts, Media and Computer games, said inclusion in the scholarship programme was a continuation of several years of partnership with BAFTA.

He added: “Our Professional Masters in Games Development provides graduates with the skills to flourish in workplace settings within the games industry.

“By the end of the course they will have become skilled developers, learning how creative ideas fit into the design pipeline and expanding their awareness of the importance of business, marketing, psychology and perception.”

BAFTA has been part of Abertay’s internationally-renowned games design competition for several years and the University regularly hosts visits from winners of the BAFTA Young Games Designers (YGD) contest.

In 2015, BAFTA president Prince William visited Abertay with his wife Catherine to meet students involved in the YGD project.

During the visit, Their Royal Highnesses also met two BAFTA Scholars who were studying at the university.

The BAFTA Scholarship programme includes a range of courses in various academic disciplines at universities across the UK.

This year, students can apply to access up to £12,000, with each successful scholar also receiving mentoring and support from a BAFTA member and free access to BAFTA events.

The scheme is available to UK citizens in financial need, who will be starting an eligible course this year, or, in some cases, starting the second year of a two year course.

Applicants can ask for funding to study in mainland China or Hong Kong, while students from those areas can also seek BAFTA funding to come to the UK.

For more information visit http://www.bafta.org/supporting-talent/scholarships/uk-programme

Homepage image by Kathryn Rattray.

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