Sony to Offer Scholarships to Students
Sony Computer Entertainment Europe is planning on offering student scholarships, called PlayStationFirst Scholarships. These scholarships will specifically go to the best students at Gamer Camp's MA/MScs in Video Games Development and MSc Videogames Enterprise and Production. The company itself has a partnership specifically with schools in Europe and the UK.
"Gamer Camp students get hands-on development studio experience using our professional PlayStation 3 development kits, it's these industry-specific abilities which makes the students job-ready for PlayStation studios and other game developers."
Of the four PlayStationFirst Scholarships being offered, two will cover the winner's full tuition, and two will cover half. The scholarships will be awarded by Evolution Studios, the famous developers of MotorStorm and DriveClub. The Master's degrees for the Gamer Camp are being offered by Birmingham City University.
Simon Foster, a previous recipient of the scholarship, stated,
"Not only did the course give me the experience and portfolio that the games industry looks for, it provided abundant contact time with video games industry veterans and outstanding mentors."
Foster is now a character artist with Sega, and with the help of Birmingham City University's Gamer Camp, he was able to land the position with the right connections.
"Gamer Camp left me with a solid platform of skills, industry connections and experience which lead to fantastic opportunities working within indie studios and pitching mobile game products, ultimately enabling me to pursue my career as a character artist. Opportunities that without the support of the PlayStationFirst Scholarship I would have missed out on!"
These scholarships present a unique experience for gamers who wish to pursue a career in the video game industry. It will provide students with opportunities that they never would have had before, and will provide the gaming industry with a solid group of talented designers to help keep the industry booming in the future.