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Game on: Flanders offers world’s best game design course

For the second time, the Digital Arts and Entertainment course at Howest, a university college in Flanders, has won the international Grads in Games Educational Institution Award. Howest proves once again that its gaming education delivers the level of excellence demanded by the industry while adding to the allure of Flanders’ gaming industry ecosystem. One of the students of the program also took home the award for Rising Star Character Art.

Master of the game

It’s not the first time that Howest has put itself on the international map as ‘Best Game Design & Development School’. Topping the leader board at The Rookies in 2017 and 2018, the school has now received the international Grads in Games award for the second time. This award honors universities and colleges for their educational quality and for going the extra mile in preparing their students for careers in the global entertainment industry. Gaming is big in Flanders and it’s clear that schools like Howest provide Belgium’s northern region with a pool of highly skilled creative talent.

Fundamental to the region’s development

Each year, The Grads in Games Awards recognize the people, studios and institutions that have made a real impact in improving the links between the gaming industry and education.

The jury paid tribute to Howest’s incredible track record and applauded its partnership with Ghent-based Larian Studios, as well as the introduction of two new courses focusing on 3D animation and sound design. “Howest has been fundamental in the further development of the Flemish game industry,” according to the judging panel.

It’s hard work year after year to continue to deliver the level of education demanded by the industry, so we are extremely proud of this kind of appreciation.

Rik Leenknegt
education coordinator at Howest

Flanders’ star academy

Roughly 1,250 students are currently enrolled in the Digital Arts & Entertainment bachelor program at Howest, 230 of which are international students. Third-year student Gia-Han Lam took home an award in the 'Rising Star Character Art' category with 'The Princess of Ambrosia'.

Since the start of the gaming education program, more than 600 Howest alumni have contributed to well-known titles in the gaming world, such as Fortnite, Game Tactics, The Division 2, Overwatch, Horizon Zero Dawn and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.

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19 May 2021

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