Dundee and Angus College will launch Scotland’s first esports-related degree in August 2023.
The Esports and Creative Industries Art Foundation Degree will teach students a variety of key transferable skills, including how to manage and organise events. It will be a two-year course, with the opportunity to do an additional year to gain a full degree potentially becoming an option in the future. Applications for the course are now open.
In addition, the degree will provide students with the knowledge required to understand the culture of Esports, analyse audience engagement, as well as the role of professionalism and ethical conduct. Learners will also develop digital skills in live event production, broadcasting, commentating and streaming whilst looking at the importance of coaching, strategy and sports psychology.
The college has also opened its esports offering to school pupils with a weekly club for young people. There have also been esports holiday camps with 110 children attending the last one in October 2022.
According to the announcement, students will benefit from a dedicated esports classroom comprising of gaming PCs and an Esports Society hub equipped with consoles. New plans are also underway to develop two tournament rooms, two broadcasting studios and a recording studio.
Simon Hewitt, College Principal of Dundee and Angus, commented on the announcement: “We are extremely excited to be launching our new, dedicated esports foundation degree, the first in Scotland. The esports industry within Scotland is growing at a rapid pace and is offering much more than a mainstream route into the gaming sector.”