Tiga to partner in UK game design course

Tiga to partner in UK game design course

By Rob Crossley

May 19th 2009 at 2:51PM

Train2Game distance-learning courses open to all, with Tiga to aid in course development

UK games industry group Tiga is set to become the awarding and examination body for Train2Game’s distance-learning courses.

The two current Train2Game (T2G) courses – covering the areas of programming and game design – are intended to provide necessary training for those who want to enter the games industry specifically if they have no related university qualifications.

Tiga will now contribute to the development of the courses, while some of the body’s members have the opportunity to give guest lectures for students. Tiga will be giving input on examination content, as well as award a Tiga-accredited diploma to individuals who successfully pass the exams.

“The best trade associations award their own qualifications and provide training to help meet their members’ needs and to improve skills in their respective industries,” said Tiga CEO Richard Wilson.

“The T2G courses are designed by the industry for the industry and are relevant to current industry needs,” he added. “Individuals who take the qualifications and pass the exams should be fit to work in a developers’ studio.”

“By working with T2G, will be taking practical action to help deal with the skills shortages that hold back the UK games industry.”

The courses are not easy and, like all qualifications, don’t guarantee employment. They are however open to anyone, and allow students to study in their own time from home. Enrolling will cost around £4,960. A third T2G course, covering the field of art design, will arrive by March next year.