TIGA, the trade association representing the UK’s games industry today announced a new member: The Academy of Contemporary Music.
The Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM), based in Guildford, Surrey is a world leading music industry education academy. Over the past 12 years ACM has developed some of the most innovative music industry education currently available anywhere in the world and offers full and part time courses in guitar, bass, drums, vocals, music production, creative sound design, tour production & management and music business.
In 2009 ACM introduced a new Music Business course at Higher Diploma level, which includes a module on Interactive Entertainment.
Helen Gammons, Business School Manager at ACM explains: “The Interactive Entertainment module focuses on the world of computer gaming, topics will include explaining the infrastructure of this market segment and looking at the process of creating, developing, publishing and marketing computer games.””
“At ACM we are committed to providing our students with real practical training for their future careers. Essentially our courses are driven by the industry; we believe the future of the music industry is going to become increasingly interactive, browser, mobile and games based. By joining TIGA we will ensure our students and educators have access to real expertise and advice on working with this important industry.””
Richard Wilson, TIGA CEO stated: “We are pleased to welcome The Academy of Contemporary Music as one of our newest members. TIGA is committed to fostering real collaboration between the games industry, educators and other creative industries. We believe communication between industry and education is essential if we want to ensure our relative industries have the required skills to succeed in the global market.””
Founded by Director Phil Brookes, the Guildford-based school is home to 1,200 full-time students studying guitar, vocals, drums, bass, music production and music business, with an impressive success rate of placement within the music industry. The last year alone has seen two recent ACM graduates – Newton Faulkner and Amelle Berrabah (Sugababes) – achieve national and international success, including securing consecutive UK No.1 albums. In April, ACM was awarded the Queen’s Award in recognition of its unique and industrious education philosophy.