School of Design and Informatics

Rated best in Europe by Princeton Review

The award-winning courses offered by the National Centre of Excellence for Computer Games Education in the School of Design and Informatics are the best in Europe for an incredible fifth year in a row.

The prestigious Princeton Review rankings show our games degrees in both the undergraduate and postgraduate world Top 25, while the University remains the best placed European institution.

We aim to educate our students to be the innovators and ground-breakers of tomorrow’s computing and digital media-based industries.

We offer a wide range of industry accredited courses, from technology courses in ethical hacking and games programming to creative courses in design and digital media creation.

We have strong links with industry and major companies, the school is a founding partner of Sony’s PlayStation First education programme and courses are accredited by Screen Skills, JAMES, NCSC, Tiga and BCS. Those links mean that our courses are current and relevant.

Our staff are leaders in their fields and involved in individual and collaborative research with national research projects and industry partners.

School of Design and Informatics Accreditations

In these pages, you will find out who we are, what we teach, where our interests lie, and how we can help you develop interesting and rewarding careers in subjects which are stimulating and exciting.

Dean of School

Professor Gregor White

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Games Showcase

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School Divisions

This School has three specialist Divisions:

Division of Games Technology and Mathematics

The centre for degrees, research and knowledge in applied computer science, games technology and mathematics.

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Division of Cybersecurity

The world-renowned teaching centre for ethical hacking and cybersecurity .

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Division of Games and Arts

Internationally recognised research and courses in game design, computer games technology and computer arts.

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Inner Circle Games pick up awards
ABERTAY NEWS18/10/2019

Inner Circle Games crowned 2019 Dare Academy champion

The announcement was made at the EGX games expo

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Professor Joseph DeLappe
ABERTAY NEWS16/10/2019

Work by Abertay professor showcased at major international exhibitions

Professor Joseph DeLappe's art utilises videogame technology

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A picture of a self-scan checkout, with a digitised face
ABERTAY NEWS11/10/2019

Digitised faces may reduce shoplifting risk at self-service checkouts

A study found that human-like face resulted in fewer instances of dishonesty

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Lecturer and students working in the Hacklab on Desktop computers
ABERTAY NEWS01/10/2019

SPOTLIGHT ON: The cyberQuarter project

A major upcoming research and development centre

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ABERTAY NEWS18/09/2019

Abertay student team shortlisted for Converge 2019

Konglomerate Games has been shortlisted for the prestigious award

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People dressed up as videogames characters inside the V&A
ABERTAY NEWS29/08/2019

Game jam to close V&A Videogames exhibition

Creators will be tasked with making games inspired by the museum

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Professor Joseph DeLappe
ABERTAY NEWS28/08/2019

SPOTLIGHT ON: Professor Joseph DeLappe

Professor DeLappe was made a Guggenheim Fellow in 2017

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A poster for the VR videogames by Pocket Sized Hands
ABERTAY NEWS26/08/2019

Innovative VR videogames to teach public signs of grooming and coercive control

They've been produced by a team of graduates

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A picture of Dr Robin Sloan smiling
ABERTAY NEWS20/08/2019

Abertay partners on £60,000 digital museums project

Interactive engagement opportunities to be created for Culture Perth and Kinross

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A pixel art image of Dundee from This Burnt Earth
ABERTAY NEWS15/08/2019

Abertay to hold first ever Summer Games Show

The event will showcase work by Masters and Accelerated games students

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A guest plays the VR game King of Drills
ABERTAY NEWS26/07/2019

More than 200 people attend Dare Academy Play Party

The Dare games were publicly showcased for the first time.

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ABERTAY NEWS18/07/2019

Digital trail to share voices of Dundee

Abertay researchers have created an audio treasure trail around the city streets

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