Darlington College is one of only 16 organisations in Europe to be awarded a prestigious partnership with Epic Games, a powerhouse in the gaming industry.
The collaboration between Epic Games and Darlington College is a proud moment in the college’s history.
It not only mirrors the success of the games course but it also brings with it a wide array of benefits including: masterclasses from industry experts, teaching tools, lectures and the rights to use their logo in marketing material.
The American gaming company Epic Games, developers of Fortnite and Rocket League, is focused on giving the students at Darlington College the skills they need to adapt to the competitive gaming industry.
Lliam Morrice (Programme Leader for the Games Design Courses) said: “We are working with one of the leaders in the games industry, very few colleges in the UK at the moment have the same partnership like we do with Epic Games. It is a good standpoint and puts us ahead of most of the other games courses in the country.”
A recent study conducted by Opinium has found that the overall UK gaming population has increased by 63%. Lliam believes that this increase will also see a rise in number of applicants to his course, and not just younger students:
“We might see an increase in 24+ students who are furloughed or even possibly had their job removed for whatever reason and they have been playing video games, they might think to use this opportunity to make video games.”
Darlington College currently offers one Epic approved course, the Level 3 UAL Extended Diploma in Creative Digital Media Production.
However, there are plans for the College to start a visual effects foundation degree with Teesside University from the 2021-22 academic year.
For more information on the courses that Darlington College have to offer, click the link below: https://darlington.ac.uk/courses/games-media-and-journalism/