Abertay computer games degree goes global with launch in NA

Aspiring computer games designers in North America are being offered the chance to study for one of the world's most prestigious degrees in the subject. Algoma University College in Ontario, Canada, is set to become the exclusive host in North America for the MSc Computer Games Technology offered by the University of Abertay Dundee, Scotland.

This is the first Masters level degree in computer games technology to be offered in Canada, as well as the first MSc in this field in North America. Students on the programme will be located on Algoma University's campus in Sault Ste. Marie, and receive instruction from Abertay's highly experienced academic staff in Dundee via state-of-the-art video-conferencing technology.

The programme achieved a key milestone today when Mr Chris Bentley, Ontario Minister of Training, College and Universities, declared his intent to approve the course. This endorsement will allow Abertay to complete its own internal procedures, with the first students expected to begin their studies in the autumn.

In contrast to other Masters level degrees in this field, this programme runs for three terms over 12 months. This includes two terms of lectures and laboratories, followed by one term of team-based project work involving the design and test of a prototype game, and concluding with a Masters dissertation. The first graduates from the course are expected in summer of 2007.

During the first two terms the students will have the unique opportunity to meet with visiting experts from the game development and publishing industry from across North America. The University of Abertay Dundee's MSc was the world's first degree in computer games technology when it was launched in 1997, since then several dozen high quality graduates have gone on to great success in the rapidly-growing computer games industry worldwide.

Abertay has also developed the unique 'Dare To be Digital' annual international computer games competition for student teams looking to design and develop quasi-commercial computer games and digital products. Several graduates from the MSc and related degrees have passed through Dare To Be Digital and gone on to great professional and personal success. Algoma U's Futureplay conference and its North American computer games competition builds on this expertise.

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