The Digital Arts and Entertainment program of Howest in Kortrijk, Flanders, is only ten years old, but has grown in popularity and renown in recent years. This academic year, a whopping 850 students enrolled, among them 150 international students from all over the world.
A bachelor’s program offered by Flanders-based Howest academy has been elected as the world’s number one game design and development curriculum, surpassing the academic offerings of top gaming countries such as the UK, the US and Sweden.
The academy ranking is issued by The Rookies, a highly regarded international institute focusing on creative media, entertainment and game development. The Rookies provides consultancy services to the world’s top-notch creative studios. Aside from handing out prizes and scholarships in international competitions, it has ranked the world’s top academies for upcoming talent in the world of game design since 2009. After coming in at fifth place last year, the Howest academy in Kortrijk, Flanders, has leapt into first place.
“We are so proud, this recognition is important to us,” says Tom Delmotte, head of communication at Howest. “It’s comforting to see that our efforts to reach the highest level are finally paying off. This reference is big: we are now well ahead of top game design countries such as the United Kingdom, the United States and Sweden.”