For the first time in Wales and possibly the rest of the UK we find an educational college level course designed around esports. Specifically this course looks to focus on the multimedia and business side of esports, as part of one of the fastest growing industries in the world.
This course is the Diploma (and Extended Diploma for completing the second year): UAL eSports, Games and Multi Media Business Events (also known as Creative Media and Production Technology) Level 3 and is a 2 year full time course based at Blaenau Gwent Learning Zone, Coleg Gwent in Ebbw Vale.
The description for the course on the official Coleg Gwent website states:
“You will learn in a practical and technical environment focusing on promotion, managing and building individual/team based content. You will also have the opportunity to develop vital knowledge about the industry and its fan base, as well as explore the games played in this exciting and fast-paced sector.
You’ll develop the skills to progress within a range of media related subjects, primarily eSports management and production, and also graphic design, live TV production, editing, journalism techniques, pro-gaming and social media.
If you love to play games and have a strong interest in the industry then this is your chance to join a truly unique course.
Alongside the main qualification you will also –
Compete in eSports competitive tournaments like Ukie’s Digital Schoolhouse powered by PlayStation
Visit eSports events
Visit game conventions
Gain an iDea Enterprise Award
Learn about eSports nutrition and fitness”
Completing this esports specific college course will allow students to move onto a Foundation Degree in Games Art and Design, other similar degrees, such as those at Wrexham Glyndwr University to make use of their new post graduate program with Ubisoft UK and University of South Wales, who regularly do very well at Tranzfuser each year. I am biased because both of these Welsh universities have award winning, influential alumni in the gaming industry today. The qualifications gained from this course would also allow students to get jobs involving the games industry.
In regards to esports, Coleg Gwent will officially be partnering with DLive Katanas, to develop the students for this course. I have been sent this as the course introduction to give more context:
“Dlive Katanas in partnership with Coleg Gwent BGLZ Campus are a South Wales, UK based team and UAL level 3 college course for the 21st Century, with a fresh and innovative approach to multimedia and Esports contexts. Katanas Esports, in partnership with dlive, will develop team players skill sets and professionalism, alongside a support team with a wealth of experience within gaming and multimedia, to produce outstanding performances within the competitive world of Esports. With a unique approach and environment for players to thrive, Katanas Esports provides a platform like no other course in Wales.”
And students will gain particular skills such as:
- Pro player & team management
- Event management
- Social media development
- Journalism,Vlogging and Podcasting
- Esport fitness
- Competition and Tournament participation
For more information, and any interest in applying to be part of the course this September, please visit official Coleg Gwent website: https://www.coleggwent.ac.uk/courses/UAL_eSports_Games_and_Multi_Media_Business_Events_also_known_as_Creative_Media_and_Production_Technology_Level_3_(BL0017)