|UniSIM and Playware Studios will collaborate on interactive digital animation and computer games design.|
Local game developer and interactive digital media company, Playware Studios Asia is collaborating with SIM University (UniSIM) to develop courses in games design and to embark on interactive digital media research and development initiatives. The tie-up is a response to the National Research Foundation's strategic programme in Interactive and Digital Media.
At the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between UniSIM and Playware Studios, UniSIM's Provost, Professor Tsui Kai Chong noted that the interactive and digital media (IDM) has great potential in transforming teaching and learning. "With Singapore gaining more prominence in the global interactive digital media scene and more local employment opportunities available, UniSIM sees great potential for its graduates who are competently trained in the development of games software."
Playware Studios' Chairman, Mr Gopinath Pillai, described games as a powerful tool that provide situated experiences in which students are immersed in complex, problem solving tasks. "Good games teach students more than just facts; they provide ways of seeing and understanding problems. We hope that through our Game Based Learning Lab and the partnership with UniSIM, many research initiatives will be generated to challenge educators to rethink fundamental assumptions about instructional design and to contribute to the design and development of pedagogically-sound serious games."
He added that the collaboration with a local player would enable UniSIM to have first-hand knowledge of the needs of the industry and incorporate that knowledge in its course development. "This will certainly raise the graduates' employability and at the same time give the market the type of graduates they really need," he said.
Under the collaboration, UniSIM and Playware Studios will jointly develop courses such as Interactive Digital Animation and Computer Games Design; jointly develop and host industry master classes on games design and development; embark on Interactive digital media research and development initiatives to generate new intellectual properties; provide opportunities for industry-based student internship; and share facilities such as UniSIM's human motion analysis and computer generated music facilities, and Playware's game design and development facilities. Playware Studios is at http://www.playwarestudios.com/ and UniSIM is at http://www.unisim.edu.sg/.