Choosing which university or college courses to take after you’ve finished your secondary education can be one of the toughest decisions you have to face in life. You have to weigh in every detail before committing several years of your life to learn a course. If you don’t think about it thoroughly, you could risk wasting those several years.
However, when it comes to choosing which university courses to take, it all boils down to your desired interest. Throughout the years, the video games industry is continuously blooming in Malaysia. According to Newzoo, Malaysia is ranked at number 21 in the global games revenue list, with USD$654 million (RM2.64 billion) ahead of Netherlands and Singapore.
Malaysia is also a home to over 50 international and local gaming studios including Passion Republic and Lemon Sky who worked on triple A game titles like Uncharted series and Nier: Automata. To further improve the Malaysian video games industry, Malaysian Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) launched LEVEL UP, which is a video game startup initiative. Not to mention, our very own Magnus Games Studio is the first local studio to sign an international publishing deal for their monster raising-and-farming JRPG multiplayer game, Re: Legend.
With that in mind, our local video game industry is always on the lookout for fresh talents to work with on various game projects, either for indie or triple A titles, and the best way to nurture for new gaming talents is through education. So here are 9 universities and colleges that offer game courses from game development to esports in Malaysia.
1. Asia Pacific University of Technology and Innovation (APU)
Located at Taman Teknologi Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, APU offers two game courses:
Bachelor in Computer Games Development and Bachelor in Computer Games Development with Specialism in Games Concept Art. Other than that, APU launched Malaysia’s first esports academy in conjunction with eSports Malaysia organisation. There are four esports certificates to be offered by APU that focused on four games: League of Legends, DOTA 2, FIFA 17 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
2. Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI)
UPSI is located at Tanjung Malim, Perak and the university that is primarily specialised in teaching courses also has a course for video game lovers! Under the Faculty of Art, Computing & Creative Industry lies the Diploma in Games Design and Development where the students will learn how to develop 2D and 3D games as well as making storyboard and character design.
3. KDU University College
KDU is among the forefronts for game development course in Malaysia. Among the offered courses are Bachelor of Game Development, which is only available at Glenmarie, Shah Alam and Diploma in Games Technology at George Town, Penang.
4. Limkokwing University of Creative Technology
Limkokwing University looks into the collaborative efforts of making video games in Cyberjaya, Selangor. Ranging from degree to diploma levels, here are the four courses you can apply in Limkokwing University: Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Games Art Development, Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Games Design, BSc. (Hons) In Games Technology and Diploma In Games Art.
5. Multimedia University (MMU)
If you’re captivated by virtual reality games or have always wanted to create a great interface design to go with it, MMU in Cyberjaya offers three multimedia courses: Bachelor of Multimedia (Hons.) Virtual Reality, Bachelor of Multimedia (Hons.) Animation and Visual Effects and Bachelor of Multimedia (Hons.) Interface Design.
6. Management & Science University (MSU)
Branching out of its usual management, health and social sciences courses, prospective students can take Diploma in Games Design and Animation for 2 years and a half. Then, you can plan to continue Bachelor in Games Design and Animation (Hons) afterward for 3 years.
7. Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR)
At UTAR’s Sungai Long campus, game design and game development are offered in two different bachelor’s degrees. Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Game Design focuses on game production from top to bottom while Bachelor of Science (Hons) Game Development touches on technical perspectives in creating interactive digital games.
8. Clazroom College
Located at Damansara Perdana, Clazroom College provides three multimedia art diploma courses and one of them pinpoints to game design. Under 2 years of Advanced Diploma in Game Design programme, the college trains their students to become the next game designer or game developer in the future.
9. Selayang Community College
Our local community college in Selayang is now offering Diploma in Games Art. With only RM200 per semester, students will get hands-on learning on designing both mobile and triple A games in six semesters.
Here are the 9 universities and colleges you can apply for game courses. Who knows, maybe one day you will be the next Hideo Kojima or Wan Hazmer? Don’t let your dreams be dreams!
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