Norwich’s national reputation as a source for highly talented video games creators and designers is to receive a serious boost with the announcement of the city’s first postgraduate course in games design.
The NUA Media Lab, which is typical of the resources provided to games students at the University
Norwich University of the Arts (NUA), which already offers a BA in Games Art and Design that received a 94% satisfaction rating from graduates this year, has announced a new Masters degree course: MA Games. The full- or part-time course will offer a groundbreaking opportunity to study a Masters Degree, working in collaboration with a professional studio and will begin in September 2015, with applications now open.
The course has been developed as a postgraduate apprenticeship with the support of Creative Skillset and in conjunction with games studios. Students will negotiate bespoke access to in-studio resources with a games studio as well as utilising the University’s industry-standard media lab facilities supported by academic and technical staff.
Professor Richard Sawdon Smith, Dean of Arts and Media at NUA, says: “Norwich University of the Arts has an international reputation for innovation, artistic excellence and quality graduates in games education and is a natural fit for partnering Creative Skillset in developing this revolutionary new scheme. MA Games will offer a truly industry-facing vocational education that will place students with a games company working on the development of new games. This real life industry experience will contribute to the course work so they will graduate not only with a masters degree but also with valuable games industry knowledge and contacts.”
Kate O’Connor, Deputy CEO at Creative Skillset, says: “These new work-based qualifications have been developed by industry for industry to inject new skills, ideas and energy into creative businesses. They offer a real alternative to a traditional degree, enabling students to gain valuable work experience and industry contacts and to ‘earn while they learn’, whilst still achieving a degree qualification in their chosen discipline.”
Norwich University of the Arts also recently announced two new undergraduate courses starting next year – BA Fashion Communication and Promotion and BA VFX – and will also open new facilities for architecture and film and a digital start-up business incubation centre in 2015, the year it celebrates the 170th anniversary of its foundation. The University will hold an open day for prospective postgraduate students wishing to attend talks on its courses and tour its city centre campus facilities on Thursday 22 January, with further open days scheduled throughout the year. To sign up for an open day place visit www.nua.ac.uk/opendays.
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