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ERIC Number: EJ975593
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Apr
Pages: 35
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 64
ISSN: ISSN-1946-6226
Fitting the Needs of an Industry: An Examination of Games Design, Development, and Art Courses in the UK
Ip, Barry
ACM Transactions on Computing Education, v12 n2 Article 6 Apr 2012
There have been growing criticisms in recent years among the computer and video games community on the apparent lack of graduates capable of meeting the industry's employment needs. Following the sharp rise in the number of computer and video games courses across higher education (HE) institutions in the UK and across the globe, this article examines the composition of existing British games design, development, and art programs in relation to prescribed study areas voiced by industry bodies. From a sample of 242 courses, and a further 11 industry-derived and accredited programs, the results explore content currently residing within a variety of games programs and qualification types and evaluate the extent to which such content adheres to the industry's demand for the focus on specific skills and study areas. The findings point toward certain shortfalls in some key areas deemed to be important by industry professionals and the consideration of the degree to which course providers should cater to the specific demands of industry. (Contains 17 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom