Sony Partners With South Korean University For “PlayStation Class”

By Eugene . July 28, 2014 . 3:00pm

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Sony Computer Entertainment Korea and Sangmyung University in Korea have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to open a new class. Dubbed the “PlayStation Class”, it’s a full-on academic module worth three credits to graduation, not just a one-off special.

 

The syllabus will focus on console development, with about 15 games utilized during the module course. Which 15 weren’t specified. Outside experts will also be invited to give talks about game development to students.

 

Considering the number of indie developers running around these days, this seems like a great idea from Sony: Get youths interested in the nitty gritty, without having to really commit to a full course in, say, animation, and let indie development take over the rest.

 

True, some might think there’s a lot of dreck in the water with the indie movement having gained so much momentum. But throw a dice long enough and it’ll come up sixes eventually.


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  • Lastlight

    Good guy Sony

  • Shippoyasha

    Excellent news! Korea has such a high number of aspiring artists and programmers, this could lead to a boom of talent there and Sony could reap the benefits. Very cool for students as well.

    • Altin

      Considering great stuff is coming from Korea too, such as Black Desert or Vindictus and of course, DJMAX, I can only agree with this. Can’t wait to see the first good results coming from this.

  • Byron Kerrison II

    Does any college/university in America have anything similar?

    • Brion Valkerion

      There is a good bit in game dev programs that deal with things like game theory and what not. Most classes similar to this tend to be part of programs like that. This is one of the few/if not only that is directly sponsored it seems though. I know some places have ties to EA or Ubisoft where they intern/hire for low end stuff directly.

    • Link

      Rice University in Houston teaches a class on playing Skyrim.

  • ARMs7777

    where is sony getting the money for these kinds of stuff. They suppose to be broke.

    • Lastlight

      Same thing i’m asking
      All I hear is “Oh sony is broke what can they do”

      And the next thing I know they are doing stuff like paying for the indie developers to showcase games at TGS

      • darke

        If it’s anything like the partnerships between my university and other companies, you’ll find it’ll have cost them almost nothing except some free hardware, which would come out of the already pre-allocated marketing budget for the quarter.

        We just started a class using various ‘professional’ software engineering tools; code repository, task tracking, automated building, and so forth. We just got somewhere between USD50-100k worth of licences and support dropped on us free just for asking. And it’s not even an official partnership, just a lecturer asking for it to use as part of a course.

        The Korean university would get the ‘cool’ of being associated with the company and get an uptick of student numbers as a result; Sony gets insanely cheap publicity and student mindshare.

        • Lastlight

          Ah ok
          Thanks for the clarification.

  • Somebodyissilent

    Awesome.

  • AndyLC

    Yay for console game development classes

    *whisper*
    Their love of PC games is unnatural, I tell you what

    • Dascylus

      Boo for American universities not adopting this as well… I want to get a degree in Nintendology, make it happen ‘Murica.

  • Shady Shariest

    This is very notable for the inclusion of actual experts in gaming.

  • Konnoke

    I wish consoles were more popular in Korea since console gaming has a stigma to it in Korea.

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