The game design giant behind Fortnite – one of the most popular games in the world – has chosen the University of the Sunshine Coast for a first partnership in Queensland.
Epic Games has named USC an Unreal Academic Partner, recognizing the university’s integration of Epic’s cutting-edge technology into its game design programs.
Program Coordinator for Bachelor of Game Design from USC Dr. Justin Carter said Epic recognizes 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 a testament to what we teach, how we teach it, and the hard work of our students as they learn critical skills to develop the next generation of games – maybe the next Fornite,” said Dr Carter.
“Our students learn to build on Unreal Engine, a real-time 3D development technology that is essential for creating the next generation of 3D games, as well as a range of other platforms.
“They also have access to visualization and simulation facilities, as well as a team of experienced and internationally connected teachers who deliver the curriculum.”
The number of students in USC’s game design major and minor programs at the Sunshine Coast and Moreton Bay campuses was growing year over year, Dr. Carter said.
“It’s no surprise that the programs are growing in popularity. The games industry is growing rapidly, with new studios and opportunities constantly emerging – and converging with a rich digital ecosystem that includes esports, content streaming, digital games and virtual production for screens. .
“Some of our recent graduates have found employment with major Australian studios including Playside Studios and Pixel Zoo, and locally with robotic vehicle specialists Baird Technology.”
USC Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Tim Wess, said game design has a huge 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 this includes a 30% refundable tax offset on digital games to make Australia an attractive destination for digital talents,” Professor Wess said.
“Queensland currently offers an additional 15% tax offset, making it a favorable state to set up a game design studio, for students to find jobs, or to set up their own studios close to home.”
More information on USC’s partnership with Epic is available here.