The University of South Wales (USW) is now an academic partner of Epic Games, the creators of award-winning online video game Fortnite.
Five USW courses – Computer Animation, Computer Games Design, Game Art, Games Enterprise and Visual Effects & Motion Graphics – are all part of the Epic Games Academic Partner Programme, which recognises universities that have integrated Unreal Engine into the curriculum.
The Unreal Engine is a software package developed by Epic Games that supports game-making features as well as TV and film production, visual effects, architectural visualisation, automotive design and much more.
As part of the process to become a partner, USW submitted examples of how Unreal is incorporated into teaching, student enrolment statistics and student examples of what has been produced with the software.
As well as the official affiliation with Epic Games, the partnership will see the five courses benefit from $250 per month to use in the Unreal store for items such as game assets, animations and plugins.
Philip Duncan, Lecturer in Computer Animation at USW, said: “This new accreditation is something we’re all very proud of. To have our courses recognised by one of the most successful games companies in the world is an incredible achievement, and testimony to the hard work that staff and students have put in.
“The aim is to take advantage of our new relationship with Epic Games, and the benefits they are offering, to further support and encourage our students to create even higher standards of work.”