This week TIGA (The Independent Game Developers Association) launched its new accreditation system for colleges and universities offering game courses across the UK.
Examined by a panel of industry experts each course will be judged to make sure courses stay up to date and relevant to students as well as developers in a variety of fields, including coding, art and design.
Industry magazine, Develop talked to Rebellion CTO and Creative Skillset video games industry council vice chair, Chris Kingsley about the announcement and what this means for education within the games industry.
"The TIGA accreditation system is designed to complement rather than compete with Creative Skillset, it is about offering universities and colleges more support and guidance from the games industry.
There are many ways of encouraging and recognising excellence, for example the Investors In People and ISO 9000 accreditation systems. Having a complementary range of high quality benchmarking options strengthens educational institutions, businesses and wider industry alike.
TIGA is naturally very involved in Creative Skillset, for example Giselle Stewart is a TIGA board member and Chair of Creative Skillset’s Video Games Industry Council, I myself am vice-chair, and I also chair TIGA's education committee.
Universities and colleges can also apply for both TIGA and Creative Skillset accreditation, it's not a case of 'either or', there is a great deal of value in both. Ultimately we want strengthen the links between industry and academia, promote best practice and highlight excellence, the introduction of the new TIGA accreditation system will help us all achieve those goals."