Vega, a brand of The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE), has been selected as the official tertiary education partner for the upcoming Comic Con Africa event, taking place from 14-16 September 2018 at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit & International Convention Centre.
This year’s event marks the first Comic Con to be hosted on the African continent, giving local comic book and science fiction fans the chance to don their finest cosplay, meet international comic book artists and celebrities, and indulge in all the latest science fiction/fantasy films, television shows and popular arts.
“Comic Con is the best known geek-culture event, and this is an excellent opportunity to introduce it to thousands of South Africans,” says Pieter Joubert, Gaming Navigator and resident coding expert at Vega. “We have amazing talent in our country, from local comic book artists to local indie game developers, and Comic Con Africa is a great opportunity for them to also showcase their work.”
Joubert will be speaking at Comic Con Africa on The IIE Bachelor of Computer and Information Science (BCIS) in Game Design and Development degree, gaming as a worldwide phenomenon and the space it occupies locally, and the opportunity this presents in terms of pursuing a career in an industry that is relatively new in the local context.
The IIE BCIS in Game Design and Development degree is available to study at Vega as a three-year, full-time undergraduate qualification. Participants are equipped with the skills to pursue a career in the lucrative and fast-growing industry of gaming, and, according to Joubert, leave with the ability to conceptualise and create gaming content for a variety of platforms in multiple sectors.
“Coding is a fundamental component of this degree, which we believe is more than just a tool used to bring apps to life, but a valuable way for students to learn about problem-solving and creative-thinking first-hand,” he says. “Vega is proud to be selected as the preferred tertiary institution in partnership with Comic Con Africa, and we are particularly excited about the opportunity this gives our students, who will be able to gain insight into how valuable their qualification is in the ever evolving working world.”
Vega students are routinely exposed to unique opportunities through their studies, which forms part of Vega’s mission to prepare students for real world experiences, helping them build sustainable careers long after graduating. In light of this, Vega and Comic Con Africa are running a t-shirt design competition exclusive to Vega students, challenging entrants to design a new and exciting African superhero. The top five designs will be showcased at Comic Con Africa 2018.
The school has also made 8 Area Content Manager positions available to students, giving Veganites the opportunity to attend the convention as representatives of the school, responsible for managing engagement around Vega’s exhibitions while interacting with the convention visitors.
“The creative skills that apply to geek culture go beyond the hobbyist level and can be applied in multifaceted contexts within the workplace. For learners and students, this is a great opportunity to see how doing something they love can become a real valuable career,” says Joubert.
While qualifications like The IIE BA degree in Digital design and IIE BA in Graphic Design available to study at Vega are go-to options for those hoping to turn their love for gaming into a fulfilling career, there is a wealth of learning opportunities at Vega designed to equip students with entrepreneurial skills too.
Students hoping to pursue freelance careers in their chosen creative field or perhaps even establish their own businesses, agencies or studios would do well to pursue The IIE BCom in Strategic Brand Management and The IIE BA in Strategic Brand Communication degrees at Vega. Both IIE qualifications equip graduates with the skills they need to survive and thrive in both existing and emerging industries.