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Published: 29.10.08

Students at the University of Brighton will be able to create the next Guitar Hero or Pro Evolution Football Game thanks to an investment of £500k in its digital media and computer games facilities.

The new state-of-the-art equipment, based within the School of Computng, Mathematical and Information Sciences (CMIS), includes a digital media suite, computer games suite, usability lab and editing suite. This will provide students with a modern environment in which to develop their skills.

The investment was made possible by a grant provided by the university as part of a Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) grant to improve vital facilities supplemented by school funds.

The specialist facilities will also deliver bespoke courses to companies and offer the opportunity to test the development of their products. The university's school has a close relationship with the local digital media and games industries and are dedicated to supporting the development of the industry. Interacting with the digital media industry helps to inform the curriculum, along with developing the student placement scheme and supporting local SMEs.

Dr John Taylor, Head of school, said

This investment demonstrates the school's commitment to be proactive in the provision of new courses, which include new and exciting subjects designed in conjunction with local industry.

CMIS is investing in digital media and as it has confidence in the continued growth and importance of the industry both locally in Brighton and worldwide. The university has taken this step to invest in the region and develop the required skills and future workforce for a rapidly growing industry.

In the UK today the creative industries, particularly in relation to digital technologies, represents seven per cent of the UK’s economy, making it one of the world’s fastest growing industries.

Contact: Marketing and Communications, University of Brighton, 01273 643022

Student using the new digital media facilities