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. Here are 9 institutes compiled by Intan Mawarni, an amazing gamer and gaming journalist of 3 years!
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.