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Dare to be Digital launches Dare Academy courses

Dare Academy courses are being launched this year by the world-leading game design competition Dare to be Digital– to be held in the UK Centre for Excellence in Computer Games Education at the University of Abertay Dundee.

The essential skills the Dare to be Digital teams learn each year while competing at the University of Abertay Dundee are now available to the public!

Aimed at both games enthusiasts and professionals, the courses cover 3D modelling, quality assurance and game testing, and games creation and publishing. These short courses are the perfect step for anyone looking to take their passion for games further– or for continued professional development.

The first course starts on 18 June. For more information, please see http://www.daretobedigital.com/dare-academy/DareAcademy.php

Dr Louis Natanson, Academic Director of the Institute for Arts, Media and Computer Games at Abertay University, said:“Dare to be Digital really is the gold standard for nurturing and spotting the next generation of world-beating computer game developers.

“We’re very excited to be able to open this up even further, giving anyone the opportunity to learn about 3D animation, game testing and game development.

“As well as being incredible fun, these Dare Academy courses will let people explore their love of games and could even be the first towards a completely new career!”

The three courses on offer at Dare Academy are:

-‘Dare to Enter the Magical 3D World!’ which teaches 3D modelling skills using industry-standard software Maya

-‘Dare to be a Game Tester!’ which teaches the practical game testing and quality assurance skills used by games companies

-‘Dare to be a Game Maker!’ which uses the versatile programme Game Maker to turn games enthusiasts into game publishers

Gregor White, Enterprise Director of the Institute for Arts, Media and Computer Games at Abertay University, added:“Dare to be Digital really wants everyone of all ages to get more out of computer gaming, and Dare Academy is a unique opportunity to get an insight into this fascinating industry.”

To register your place, please visit http://www.daretobedigital.com/dare-academy/DareAcademy.php

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For media enquiries, please contact Chris Wilson (Communications Officer)– T: 01382 308522 M: 07837 250284 E: chris.wilson@abertay.ac.uk

NOTES TO EDITORS

Dare to Enter the Magical 3D World!

- learn how to become a 3D modeller using Maya

3D modelling is a sought-after skill for games development. Possessing this skill can enable you to get a job in the computer games industry as well as other digital entertainment sectors.

Designed and run by the UK Centre for Excellence in Computer Games Education in Abertay University, this practical course will guide participants step-by-step from learning how to use Maya from scratch to creating your own project portfolio.

Dare to be a Game Tester!

- find out how the industry finds and sorts those bugs

This quality assurance (QA) and game testing course is targeted at those seeking a career in QA or professionals looking to upgrade their skills. During the two days you will be introduced to the quality assurance process and gain practical experience in key software tools and techniques.

This course aims to provide the participant with a working knowledge of the theory and practice of quality assurance to deliver projects through to completion, and the user experience as it relates to the design and development of creative projects.

Dare to be a Game Maker!

- fulfill your dream of publishing your own game.

Do you dream of publishing your own game but are not sure where to start? Dare to be a Game Maker will help you fulfil your dream.

Using the versatile game programme Game Maker, this course is led by a veteran game designer who has over 20 years’ experience in software development, involving several high profile projects, and who knows a few tricks about how to tailor your game for the commercial market.

Learn to use Game Maker; the renowned game design software, and get to grips with the concepts of good game design and production. This is a project-based course, with participants producing their own game, ready for release on the Android Market. Don't hesitate. You could be the next Mojang and beat Minecraft!

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Chris Wilson | Communications Officer

Communications Centre | University of Abertay Dundee | DD1 1HG

T: 01382 308?522 | M: 07837 250 284 | F: 01382 308 298

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