The Institute of Gaming and Animation and the Institute of Media Arts were officially launched at a reception on Wednesday (10 November 2010).
The two Institutes bring together expertise from different areas of the University to provide students with access to the latest technology and placement opportunities in the fields of gaming, animation and the media arts.
The Institutes will also work closely with regional, national and international industry experts on innovative projects and research.
The launch at the University’s City Campus featured a keynote speech by Karen Price, Chief Executive of e-skills UK, the employer-led Sector Skills Council for Business and Information Technology.
A graduate of the University, Nick Davies, who has a successful career in the gaming industry, spoke about how the skills he had learned at the University had benefitted him, and David Burden from Daden Limited also shared insights into how universities and businesses can work together.
Vice-Chancellor, Professor Caroline Gipps, said: “We are delighted to have launched the two new Institutes, which will enhance the student experience and create new opportunities to work with industry experts. The courses we offer in these subjects are innovative and engaging, and provide our students with the necessary skills and experience to start a career in these important and growing industries.”
Director Dr Stuart Slater leads the Institute of Gaming and Animation, which was formed to meet demands from industry to deliver cutting edge technology and design solutions, underpinned by expert knowledge and research. The Institute also offers bespoke training and works with regional, national and European partners on innovative projects and applied research.
The Institute of Media Arts, led by Director Sam Hope, aims to produce graduates who will shape the creative industries. The Institute has partnerships with the media industry which help to boost student placement opportunities. It also organises successful outreach activities with school pupils and young people and offers bespoke training.
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