De Montfort University Joins TIGA

TIGA today announced De Montfort University as its newest member. De Montfort University offers a range of courses to students looking to enter the video games industry. Courses include: Computer Games Programming, Video Games Technology and Game Art Design.

Ralph Birkenhead, game programming course coordinator stated:

“Our programming course offers a balanced curriculum incorporating the latest techniques and resources for developing stand-alone, web-based, console and mobile games. Our students are equipped for a wide range of technical careers in the games and entertainment industries, as well as network programmers and web systems development. The course provides a thorough grounding in industry standard programming skills based around the C++ programming language.”

“Our Game Art Design course is a distinctive mix of creativity, talent and the very latest technology. There are regular guest lectures from industry professionals including artists, producers, art directors, studio heads and others. Students are regularly headhunted by our industry guests, and internships provide an excellent opportunity to get a head start on a career. 65 per cent of our 2010 Game Art graduates secured jobs in the games industry within three months of graduating.”

De Montfort University has joined TIGA to further develop our connections with the UK games industry and to ensure our students have access to the latest industry news and advice. We look forward to meeting TIGA members over the coming months.”

Dr Richard Wilson, TIGA CEO stated:“ De Montfort’ s track record for getting games art graduates jobs in the games industry is impressive. We are keen to work with De Montfort and other universities and education providers to ensure we provide a forum for academic-industry networking and knowledge sharing. We welcome De Montfort to TIGA.”

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About TIGA:

TIGA is the trade association representing the UK’s games industry. The majority of our members are either independent games developers or in-house publisher owned developers. We also have games publishers, outsourcing companies, technology businesses and universities amongst our membership. TIGA was awarded‘Trade Association of the Year’ and the‘Member Recruitment Award’ at the Trade Association Forum Best Practice Awards 2010. TIGA has also been named as a finalist in the 2010 Chartered Management Institute (CMI) National Management and Leadership Awards in the category of‘The Outstanding Organisation of the Year Award (SME)’. TIGA is an‘Investors in People’ accredited organisation.

TIGA's vision is to make the UK the best place in the world to do games business.  We focus on three sets of activities: political representation, generating media coverage and developing services that enhance the competitiveness of our members.  This means that TIGA members are effectively represented in the corridors of power, their voice is heard in the media and they receive benefits that make a material difference to their businesses, including a reduction in costs and improved commercial opportunities.

For further information, please contact Eva Field, TIGA PR Manager on: 07814 039 983, or email eva@tiga.org.

 


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