The University of Portsmouth has been named as a finalist in two separate categories in the TIGA (The Independent Game Association) Games Industry Awards 2015. The University was shortlisted in the Education Institution and Educational Initiative categories of the prestigious game awards.
The university was nominated in the Education Initiative category by Simon Brookes, the Associate Dean of the Creative and Cultural Industries faculty.
He said: “This partnership with Southampton Solent and Bournemouth universities sees regular events being held where student and games developers come together to share skills and knowledge. Ultimately the aim is to inspire out students to set up games companies in the region.”
Last year the University won the Best Educational Institution award for their undergraduate course in Computer Games Technology.
Portsmouth has undergraduate courses in Computer Games Technology and Computer Games Enterprise as well as an MSc in Computer Games Technology. These courses focus on the preparation to work in the games industry by developing world-class skills in graphics, programming and design. These courses help students to develop their skills to be able to create their own games and provides them with experience in all the required aspects of computing.
Gavin Wade, the course leader for the BSc (Hons) Computer Games Technology, submitted the bid for the Educational Institution award.
He said: “We pride ourselves on equipping out students with the best skills, using the latest technology and expert tutors who are really engaged with the industry.
“Winning the TIGA Award for Best Educational Institution last year was a real honour. Hopefully our constant course evolution and experiments with new ways to deliver career-relevant experiences, will put us in good stead to repeat that success this time round.”
The Dean of the Creative and Cultural Industries faculty, Professor Catherine Harper, added: “I’m thrilled that the university has been nominated in two award categories. It’s fantastic industry recognition for the quality of our courses and the cutting edge work we do here.”
The winners will be announced in a ceremony in London in November.