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Sheffield Hallam gaming course taken to next level

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Issued:17/12/09

A gaming postgraduate degree at Sheffield Hallam University has been taken to the next level after gaining Skillset accreditation that puts it up the leader board in developing the next generation of software whizzes.

Sheffield Hallam's MSc Games Software Development has been accredited by Skillset, putting it among the ranks of the UK’s elite games training grounds.

Skillset is the Sector Skills Council (SSC) for Creative Media which comprises TV, film, radio, interactive media, animation, computer games, facilities, photo imaging and publishing.

All of Skillset’s accredited courses are judged by industry panels, and involve rigorous examination of course documentation, alumni destinations, staff CVs and industry links, as well as site visits to check resources and access.

Sheffield Hallam's Games Software Development course is for programmers, people interested in the technology of games and those wanting to gain employment in the game development industry.

Bob Steele, principal lecturer at Sheffield Hallam, said: “It’s great news. Our course has always been built around a rich and meaningful relationship with industry and we’ve had great support from the likes of Sony’s London studio to get to where we are.”

Skillset’s computer games sector manager Saint John Walker said: “We are so pleased to be able to give this recognition to Sheffield Hallam's course. This really is a victory for the university and the industry, as everybody wins when we are able to produce world-class, industry-ready graduates.”

The University of Abertay in Dundee has also received Skillset accreditation.

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