University Of Greenwich Joins TIGA

07 December, 2009

TIGA, the trade association representing the UK games industry, today announced the University of Greenwich as its newest member.

The University of Greenwich currently offers three courses for students interested in pursuing a career in the video games industry:

1. Games Technology, BSc Hons

2. Games and Multimedia Technology, BSc Hons

3. Computing with Games Development, BSc Hons

Ryan Flynn, the Principal Lecturer in Games and Multimedia Technologies, created and designed all the games specific content for degrees. He explains:“We have worked hard to ensure all our courses are fit for purpose and aligned with industry needs.

“Our students study a range of tools and technologies in their degree programme - currently they begin with Adobe Flash to create a basic game from scratch for the web. They then progress to using an industry standard engine in the 2nd year to create a 3D game (currently Unreal or Source). In the final year the students create a game from scratch in development teams, as they would in industry. We use XNA to allow students to develop a cross platform game easily but we also offer them the chance to work on PSP development kits, PS2 and PS3 Linux kits and iPhone/iPod Touch development kits.”

On joining TIGA Flynn adds:“We support TIGA’s efforts in bring academia and industry together through the‘Education Exchange’ initiative. We hope to forge even stronger links with industry to ensure our students have the best possible chance of enjoying a successful career after they graduate.”

Richard Wilson TIGA CEO stated:“We encourage our members to reach out to those universities, like Greenwich, who have joined TIGA, and to contribute their knowledge and expertise to the degree process. By working together we can ensure UK industry has access to highly skilled quality graduates.”

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Notes to editors:

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 outsourcing companies, technology businesses and universities amongst our membership.

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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