New computer game course to keep 'Silicon Spa' strong

By Kevin Unitt 05/07 Updated: 09/07 13:06

Latest News

Buy photos » The next generation of computer game makers will be developed on the new Warwickshire College course. (s)

A NEW computer gaming course being launched at Warwickshire College is set to help the area maintain its leading role in the industry.

Leamington has long been referred to as 'Silicon Spa' in computer gaming circles, with more than a dozen companies based in and around the town.

The new foundation degree in Games Art, starting in September at the college's Warwick New Road centre in the town, is looking to attract the best budding computer artists and teach them everything from life drawing to 3D modelling and animation.

It already has the endorsement of major industry names, including local business such as Blitz Games Studio, Kwalee, Pixel Bullies and Supersonic Software, with further backing from SEGA Europe, Codemasters and Fish In A Bottle.

Many of these major names will be involved with students’ live projects, giving them real-life industry experience before they have even left college.

Course tutor Mike Irvine said: “Leamington is the hub of the British games industry, so where better to study Games Art with the major names on your doorstep?

“Our course is a specialist course for people aspiring to a bright future in the games industry.

“What we want are talented artists who have a real passion for games – and in return we can offer a course that has been tailored by industry experts to give students the exact skills that developers really want.”

Peter Williamson from Supersonic Software said: “Warwickshire is already a hotbed of game development talent so it's great to see such a positive course tailored to our industry being offered locally."

Jay Lytwynenko, artist at Kwalee, added: “It’s fantastic to see courses being created for students wishing to pursue a career as an artistic professional within the games industry.

“Leamington is such a thriving location for this industry; and makes interacting with a wide range of companies very possible.”

Applicants can visit www.warwickshire.ac.uk to find out more information or to apply for the course.

The next generation of computer game makers will be developed on the new Warwickshire College course. (s)

Popular Stories »

More news »

Leamington man killed in Ryton smash

A 26-year-old man has died after crashing his

Calls to save historic Warwickshire battalion

THE MAN in charge of Warwickshire's army regiment

Warwick Carnival a success - in its new format

WARWICK Town Carnival was again a success –

Warwick: Military parade marks covenant signing

A MILITARY parade in Warwick on Saturday (June

Regional news »


Stratford Observer
Vulnerable 20-year-old missing from Henley

A VULNERABLE 20-year-old has been missing from Henley since Thusday ...

Rugby Observer
Pupils praised for GCSE results

SCHOOLS in Rugby celebrated another year of academic success when ...

Coventry Observer
Man in hospital after being stabbed at Skydome

A MAN was stabbed after a fight broke out at ...

Redditch Standard
Four teens arrested in connection with 'fake police' scam

A GROUP of teenagers have been arrested in connection with ...

Business Directory »

See your advert here »