TOP INDUSTRY FIGURES BACK BRUNEL‘S GAMES DESIGN DEGREE COURSE ..... AND UNIVERSITY SHOOTS UP THE RANKINGS TABLES

Top games industry figures Ian Livingstone (Eidos/Square-Enix), Peter Molyneux (22Cans) and Mark Healey (Media Molecule) have given their seal of approval to Brunel University’s Digital Games Theory and Design courses.

 In addition Brunel University itself has seen massive rise in its rankings in listings compiled by The Times, The Guardian, The Independent and The Sunday Times.  The Good University Guide (published in The Times) ranks Brunel 17 th in the UK which is massive leap of 77 places from last year. The university has also seen comparable improvements in other listings rising 38 places in The Guardian's University Guide to 44 th out of 120 institutions.

The Games Design Faculty is also delighted to announce that 65 % of their students have been successful in finding work within the games industry after graduating. Professor Tanya Krzywinska, Convenor of the MA Digital Games Theory and Design course believes that this high percentage is due to several factors:

“All the Games Design Degree courses on offer at Brunel try to balance the theoretical and the practical, our faculty includes Professor Steve Jackson (co-founder of both Games Workshop and Lionhead Studios) Douglas Brown ( Eidos/Square-Enix Localisation)  and Justin Parsler (Senior Consulting Designer Mediatonic). So we strike a great balance for our students. We also have been successful in recruiting a broad range of well-known guest lecturers from the industry, who are able to give our students some real world insights.  Our ultimate aim is to equip our students with the skills and knowledge that will enable them to find work within the games industry. These latest figures confirm we are definitely on the right track.”

Leading industry figures have also endorsed the Games Theory and Design degree courses offered by Brunel. Peter Molyneux, Founder of 22Cans said: “I have been a guest lecturer at Brunel University several times and have never failed to be impressed by the enthusiasm, potential and talent of students on the games theory and design degree courses. It is the kind of course I wish had been available when I was a student.“ 

Ian Livingstone, Life President of Eidos and co-author of the Next Gen report on skills said, “I am passionate about the role of education in the future of the games industry. I have been a guest speaker at Brunel and support their commitment to helping students to develop design skills and to understand what the industry is looking for in new recruits. The specialist design courses at Brunel are forward-thinking, serving to make students industry-ready to become the next generation of games creators.”

Mark Healey, Creative Director at Media Molecule said ““It’s very cool that places such as Brunel offer degrees in Games Design. The students taking those courses are showing 100% commitment to working in the games industry. I am a massive supporter of encouraging new talent into games design which is why I have guest lectured there“

Admissions for the next academic year 2012-13 are already very healthy although there are some places on the BA Single Honours Game Design course still available through UCAS  Clearing.

For press enquiries relating to the Games Theory and Design courses please contact Cathy Campos at Panache PR  on 01483 401099 or via email cathy@panachepr.co.uk

More information on Brunel’s Games Design Course can be found here www.gamesatbrunel.com

About Brunel University’s Games Theory and Design Courses

Brunel’s pioneering games design MA was founded in 2006. This was followed by a PhD programme in Games and a BA programme in 2009. We now offer a Single Honours in Games Design as well as Joint BA programmes with English, Creative Writing, Sonic Arts, Film and TV Studies and Theatre Studies.  


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