Grafton TAFE's newest course has captured the attention of the
region's young gaming population.
The brand new Certificate
IV in Digital and Interactive Games is available from this month
and will cover various technologies such as Blender 3d Unity game
engine. The Campus already hosts regular gaming nights, called LAN
events, and word about the new qualification has already spread
through the participants like a virus.
"I was like, I want into this course," local gamer Shannon
Small, 19, told Grafton's Daily Examiner. "I know I'm a long way
off programing graphics, but this will introduce me to basic animation
and script-making and the editing process. I've loved games since I
was a little kid. As a student I can further my horizons, see what
makes them work, see them played and play them. You start to pick up
small glitches and learn how to manipulate them."
The course also demonstrates to students that gaming is about much
more than a hobby – it can be a career.
"Now young people in the garage can develop an app for their
phone," said Grafton TAFE teacher Aubrey Thompson. "It's
becoming a tangible career option. The gaming industry is definitely
one of the most dynamic and exciting growth industries on the planet
right now. For all the passionate gamers out there who want to take
their knowledge to the next level, we now have a local stepping stone
towards a rewarding career."