Sony to sponsor Gamer Camp students

Sony to sponsor Gamer Camp students

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) is to pay the tuition fees of two students on Birmingham City University's game development course, Gamer Camp: Pro.

A panel of producers and developers will select the two best applicants for this year's Gamer Camp: Pro course, which begins in September, with SCEE covering the tuition fees: £8,000 for students from the European Union, or £10,050 for those applying from outside the EU. SCEE is looking for "those students who show excellence and potential in either programming or art for games."

Maria Stukoff, SCEE's academic partnership manager, said: "We are delighted to be awarding two PlayStation Scholarships to the best talent in the country to join the Gamer Camp: Pro course.

"By supporting individuals with creative talent, drive and strong work ethics we believe we create the right access to game development skills and team experiences they'll need to step confidently into a competitive industry."

The 12-month postgraduate course, which aims to bridge the gap between an undergraduate course and a career in development, is described as a "finishing school" for budding developers. Set up by former Codemasters studio manager Guy Wilday, there are no essays or exams, with students assessed purely on their practical work.

It simulates the first year of a job in the industry, and culminates with teams developing a game for PlayStation 3 in six months, with the finished product released through PlayStation Network.