Software and games designers of the future were playing their way to possible future careers at major Blackpool games event. Students and tutors from Blackpool and the Fylde College headed to PLAY Expo Blackpool at the weekend, to glean knowledge from game developers and advise youngsters on how to become the digital aces of the future.
Around 15 students studying on the Software Engineering (Game Development) course took their own research and portfolios, to showcase what they have already achieved on the course. It is initially a Foundation Degree course, but it can be turned into a BSc Honours degree with one-year of top-up studies. It is one of the specialised computer science courses on offer at B&FC, with degrees in Network Engineering, Cybersecurity and Web Technologies also on offer.
Senior tutor Christopher Willitts, said: “We love taking the students to PLAY Expo Blackpool, to let them engage and inspire potential students of the future. They get a real boost from presenting their work to the public and seeing how it is received.”
The event, at the Norcalympia Exhibition Centre, is the UK’s longest-running retro game show and a homage to the best computer games from the past five decades. Thousands of games, running on a variety of different consoles and computers screens filled the arena, providing hours of fun and a different kind of learning curve for the students.