Revenues for the global games market exceeded $100 billion in 2017, with the Asia-Pacific region leading the way in consumer spending. With the APAC region raking in a staggering $57.8 billion in games revenue last year, it’s not surprising that the demand for skilled game designers is higher than ever abroad, with game design programs popping up in some of the unlikeliest of places!
We are pleased to announce that several exciting new game design programs have launched in Islamabad, Pakistan and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Here you go.
Dar Al-Hekma (DAH) University – Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Dar Al-Hekma (DAH) University has launched a new Master of Game Design that is the first degree of its kind in Saudi Arabia. The advanced degree program is designed for both male and female students who would like to develop, innovate, program, and design independently. The program, which launched at the Saudi Comic Con (SCC) in Jeddah, is open to students with Bachelor’s degrees from different fields to “complement their practice.”
In the announcement published in the Saudi Gazette, President of DAH, Dr. Suhair Al-Qurashi, said, “Technology is integrated in our daily lives and is essential to every field of study and practice. Gaming is a fast-growing industry and there’s a vast move toward innovation. Saudis show a huge interest toward games and the game development sector, yet they need to be equipped with professional skills to develop original, socially oriented games that could compete and succeed internationally within the gaming industry.”
“The students will use state of the art resources, software, and industry standard platforms to produce games. Professionals with international academic and industrial experience will add a valuable dimension to the study experience.”
Classes for the new DAH Master of Game Design program will begin in fall semester 2018 and applications are being accepted now.
Established in 1999, Dar Al-Hekma (DAH) University provides higher education to more than 300 new local and international students each academic year. The school, which consists of Hekma School of Business and Law, Hekma School of Design and Architecture, and Hekma School of Education and Health Sciences, offers bachelor degrees in eleven different majors. The degree programs offered by the University are developed in collaboration with international universities, and are fully licensed, and recognized by the Saudi Ministry of Education.
Inductin – Islamabad, Pakistan
Inductin has announced the launch of a new 3D Character Animation Workshop that prepares students for careers in the animation and games industries. The four-week workshop covers the entire character creation process including topics such as Fundamentals of 3D Animation in Autodesk Maya, Character Dress Design & Modeling in Marvelous Designer, 3D Modeling Guidelines for VR & Gaming, and Designing and Modeling a Unique 3D Character.
Sample courses for the program include 3D Art, 3D Animation, Autodesk Maya, 3D Modeling, Texturing Human Characters, Rigging Characters, Character Animation, 3D Character Animation and Lighting in Maya.
Over the course of the four weeks, students quickly develop from learning how to perform basic modeling to start developing their own characters for VR, gaming, film & broadcast. Hands-on experience will give students the skills needed to create their own games and films or pursue a position in either industry.
Note that in addition to the new 3D Character Animation Workshop, Inductin offers several mobile app and game design and development programs. Options include Android Development and IOS App Development. The Android Development program provides 30 days of training and 30 days of industry experience. The IOS App Development program requires two months of study, consisting of nine course modules.
Applications for all Inductin programs are being accepted now.
Inductin is a joint project of the National Institute of Science and Technical Education (NISTE) and 360 Technologies. It offers the latest courses in the field of IT, technical sciences, management, and business to a projected 2000 to 3000 students each year. The Project, which is spread over a huge campus located in the heart of Islamabad at sector H/8, will help pave the way for the students to positively participate in the knowledge era and contribute to the global digital age.