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Falmouth offers graduates paid opportunities to create next generation of digital games companies

Published on Tuesday, 18th March 2014
Falmouth University is delighted to announce that its latest entrepreneurial programme Alacrity Falmouth is open to applications.

Falmouth University is delighted to announce that its latest entrepreneurial programme Alacrity Falmouth is open to applications.

Recruiting now for May 2014 entry, Alacrity Falmouth offers talented graduates paid opportunities to develop the next generation of digital games companies. Founded on the sector’s demands, participants receive a £16,000 stipend and through expert guidance, will be transformed into successful digital games directors.

Nick Dixon, Alacrity Falmouth Project Manager, explains: “This is an unprecedented opportunity for graduates within digital games and associated technology disciplines to join a programme that will see them develop into company directors with high-value, investible businesses.”

Accepting 16 graduates for the inaugural Alacrity Falmouth year, participants will be based at the Academy for Innovation & Research (AIR) where they will enjoy a wealth of resources from visiting lecturers, industry residents and in-house tutors. The Alacrity Falmouth team offers over 30 years of collective experience in games development, publication and teaching. Their expertise ranges from high profile franchises including Doctor Who, Star Wars and Stargate, to international companies such as Universal Studios, Laika, Aardman Animations, BBC Worldwide, MGM and Warner Bros.

Supported by the European Regional Development Fund, the new entrepreneurial incubation programme promises to catalyse digital games growth in Cornwall and the UK. Widely regarded as one of the largest entertainment markets, the global games industry is expected to be worth $79 billion in 2017, with over 75% of revenue delivered through the digital sector*.

Professor Anne Carlisle, Vice-Chancellor & Chief Executive comments: “Alacrity Falmouth extends Falmouth University’s role as a talent generator at the centre of a growing digital creative hub. This exciting programme will attract, capitalise upon and retain entrepreneurial talent in Cornwall, enhancing both the UK and Cornwall’s competitive position as a producer and user of digital applications and creative content.”

Falmouth is inviting applications to join the programme in May 2014. Alacrity Falmouth start-ups require a variety of different skillsets, so we welcome applications from people with various backgrounds who possess entrepreneurial ambition. Typically these might include game designers, programmers, engineers (software and hardware), 2D and 3D artists, animators, business managers and web developers.

The Alacrity Falmouth team will be holding an Open Day at the Falmouth Campus on Friday 21 March, 4-7pm. For more information and to book your place visit: www.falmouth.ac.uk/alacrity

alacrity@falmouth.ac.uk