Braben: UK games degrees are “not helping”

By Patrick Garratt
22 July 2008 06:56 GMT

Speaking in this Edge editorial, Frontier’s David Braben has added voice to the opinion that British games-related university degrees are ill-equipped for the task of preparing candidates for development jobs.

“The rise of video games degrees at British universities are not helping, as they are failing to equip graduates with the necessary skills to build a career in the industry,” he said.

“Many of these courses are Media Studies courses at their core. Of the 81 UK universities offering video gaming-related degrees, only four are accredited by Skillset – the Sector Skills Council for creative media – and no further accreditations have been listed in the intervening two years.”

Braben was speaking primarily of the migration of British development abroad due to tax rises in the UK and breaks in countries such as Canada and France.

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