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Game on: Qld-first program takes students to next level

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Game on: Qld-first program takes students to next level

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Makers of the next Fortnite? Partnership to help USC students take it to the next level

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The designers of one of the world’s most popular games have formed a Queensland-first partnership with the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Epic Games named USC an Unreal Academic Partner, acknowledging the university’s integration of Epic’s industry-leading technology into its game design programs.Program coordinator for USC’s Bachelor of Design (Game Design), Dr Justin Carter, said Epic recognised USC’s course as one of the best in the world, preparing students to enter the multi-billion-dollar global industry.“Partnering with Epic is testament to what we teach, how we teach it, and the hard work of our students who are gaining critical skills to develop the next generation of games – possibly the next Fortnite,” Dr Carter said.“Our students learn to build on Unreal Engine, a real-time 3D development technology that is vital to create the next generation of 3D games, as well as a range of other platforms.“They also have access to visualisation and simulation facilities, and a team of experienced and internationally-connected teaching staff delivering the program.”Dr Carter said student numbers in USC’s major and minor Game Design programs delivered at the Sunshine Coast and Moreton Bay campuses were growing year on year.“It’s not surprising that the programs are growing in popularity,” he said.

“The games industry is rapidly expanding, with new studios and opportunities always emerging, and that is converging with a rich digital ecosystem that includes Esports, content streaming, digital games and virtual production for screen media.“Some of our recent graduates have found employment at leading Australian studios, including Playside Studios and Pixel Zoo, and locally with robotic vehicle specialists Baird Technology.”

Subscribe to our free daily news feed. Go to Subscribe at the top of this story and add your name and email. It’s that simple.USC Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor Tim Wess said game design had an enormous role to play in Australia’s economic future and export industry.“The Federal Government has announced $1.2 billion in strategic investments to support key digital growth priorities and that includes a 30 per cent refundable digital games tax offset to make Australia an attractive destination for digital talent,” he said.“Queensland currently offers an additional 15 per cent tax offset, making it a favourable state to set up a game design studio, for students to find employment, or to set up their own studios close to home.”More information about USC’s partnership with Epic Games is available at Unreal Engine.