[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Gamasutra and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource GamesPress.]
Computer games can take years and millions of pounds to develop
– but University of Derby students had only 12 weeks to
create ones they’ll be publicly exhibiting just before
Around 100 Derby students and graduates will take part in
Games@Derby free public exhibition
from 3pm to 7pm on Wednesday December 19, in the
Atrium at the University of Derby’s Kedleston Road site in
Derby. It is being sponsored by global software giant
Visitors are welcome to come and play working computer games
featuring alien landscapes, comic characters and high octane
The games have been created by current students of the BSc
(Hons) Computer Games Programming (CGP) and BA (Hons) Computer
Games Modelling and Animation (CGMA) degree courses. The courses
are taught by former games and software industry professionals.
Also at the free event will be displays by independent games
companies set-up by Derby’s students, such as Derby-based
Indieskies and Pillowdrift, who have published their own games on
Apple and Google app stores; as well as for the Xbox 360, and
Windows Phone and Windows 8.
Dr Tommy Thompson, University Programme Leader for Computer
Games Programming, said: “Computer games on sale in the
shops, such as
Call of Duty, can take years to develop.
“We’ve put our student teams, each with five
programmers and five artists, through a very stripped down version
of that process, giving them 12 weeks to go from initial concept to
a playable game. Our lecturers on the CGP and CGMA courses have
utilised their industry experience to guide these students as they
handle a range of creative pressures.”
Microsoft staff alongside peers from other games companies will
join University of Derby lecturers in a judges’ panel on
December 19, which will assess the students’ work and award
prizes to the best games on the day.
Industry professionals have been invited to the event, which
will also feature second-year degree students seeking work
To find out more about the Games@Derby free public
exhibition see website
For further information on Computer Games courses at the
University of Derby see link
NOTES TO EDITOR
The University of Derby achieved University status in 1992 and
is home to a diverse community of more than 20,000 students from
the UK and overseas. Professor John Coyne has been Vice-Chancellor
Students have the choice of studying in four faculties:
Education, Health & Science; Business, Computing & Law;
Art, Design & Technology; and University of Derby Buxton. There
is also the option of studying for a degree online through the
University of Derby Online Learning.
The University Quarter in Derby incorporates sites at Kedleston
Road, Markeaton Street and Britannia Mill to the west of Derby city
centre. The University of Derby Buxton is based at the magnificent
th Century Grade II* listed Devonshire Dome campus in
the heart of Buxton.
University of Derby Students’ Union, research centres and
academic schools –including The Derby Business School –
are based at the Kedleston Road site. Facilities include the
£1.5m Clinical Skills Suite, a £3m state of the art
gym, and a pioneering computer games development suite.
The University’s corporate training and development
division, University of Derby Corporate (UDC), is based at the
Enterprise Centre, Bridge Street, Derby.
Buxton College of Further Education, based at the Buxton campus,
and Leek College, based in the centre of Leek, are also part of the
University of Derby group.