Otago Polytechnic launches another study on video games

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Dunedin, June 26, 2022

Open to learners from July, the new Game Design course is part of the New Zealand Certificate in Digital Media and Design (level 4).

Developed in collaboration with the Swedish company Futuregames, considered one of the best game development learning providers in the world, the Game Design course will focus on the creation of virtual worlds for games or work in the field of virtual production.

About the program

Learners will explore world building, content creation and game design using Unreal Engine, a widely used game engine that can be leveraged for a range of environments including PC, PlayStation, XBox, Nintendo Switch, iOS and Android.

The program will also introduce students to real-time 3D art and design, lighting and atmosphere, interactive logic, and narrative game design.

“The program has been developed and our incredible staff are ready to begin. It has a capacity of 19 students in semester 2, which begins in July, and we are accepting registrations now. This offering builds on our existing suite of gaming-related programs and leverages our growing expertise in empowering people into careers in the growing gaming industry,” said Federico Freschi, Director of the College of Creative Practice. and business teacher.

He said the institution has assembled a multidisciplinary learning team dedicated to game building and industry-ready graduates.

A multi-million dollar industry

The New Zealand gaming scene is growing into a multi-million dollar industry. Game development studios, in New Zealand and around the world, need specialist game designers and programmers.

Learners who complete the Game Design pathway in the New Zealand Certificate in Digital Media and Design may also wish to continue their focus on Game Design by enrolling in a Bachelor of Design (Communication) at the school. Otago Polytechnic.

Those interested in the creative or technical elements of creating video games can also choose to study the Bachelor of Information Technology or Bachelor of Design (Communication) at Otago Polytechnic, which offer gaming-focused pathways. .

Otago Polytechnic’s game design and development pathways are supported by the New Zealand Center of Digital Excellence (CODE), with which it is a partner.

Otago Polytechnic recently signed a memorandum of understanding with Futuregames, which will provide professional development for staff, mentorship for student projects, review and feedback on Otago Polytechnic games courses, and a range of media of learning.

Visit www.op.ac.nz/game-pathway for more information.

John C. Dent