Sheffield Hallam University has become one of only two universities in the UK to gain accreditation from the Creative Industries’ Sector Skills Council, Skillset, for its undergraduate and postgraduate video games development courses.
Skillset accreditation means the University’s BSc and MComp Game Software Development courses have been recognised as giving students the abilities, experience, and technical and production skills needed to succeed in the games industry.
Senior lecturer in software and game development Dr Jake Habgood said: “We’re very proud to have Skillset accreditation for these courses. It recognises the hard work demanded of students on those courses and confirms that the industry sees their efforts as worthwhile.”
Sheffield Hallam has worked with Sony Computer Entertainment Europe on its game development courses for 10 years.
The University was one of the first in the UK to have PlayStation2 test-kits and recently invested in 37 PlayStation3 development kits for teaching.
Maria Stukoff, Sony’s academic partnership manager, said: “We have a long-standing relationship with Sheffield Hallam University.
“As well as having more development kits than many commercial studios, they have their own route to market with Sheffield Hallam’s Steel Minions studio, which is an official PlayStation Minis game developer.
“This accreditation confirms their status as one of the leaders in game education in the UK.”
Skillset’s accreditation scheme was devised in consultation with industry and education providers, and recognises courses that offering exceptional standards of training.
Paul Porter, manager of Sumo Digital’s Brightside Lane-based studio, said: “We’ve taken on many Sheffield Hallam graduates and placement students in the past few years and are continually impressed with the standard.
“This accreditation confirms what we already knew about the quality and relevance of Sheffield Hallam’s games software development degrees.”