Brisbane-based game developer Halfbrick Studios has partnered with Griffith University to create a mutually beneficial work-integrated learning initiative dubbed the ‘Halfbrick Academy’.
Known for mobile gaming hits such as Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride, Halfbrick previously collaborated with Griffith Film School on a series of films for its YouTube channel.
The company has also employed a number of Griffith graduates.
The latest initiative sees select third-year undergraduate and honours students work in small, collaborative teams guided by Halfbrick mentors at the company’s offices for 100 hours over the course of a semester.
These cross-disciplinary teams—comprising animators, games designers and coders—work to develop ideas and projects for the company, while gaining valuable hands-on knowledge of the games development industry.
Senior Lecturer Richard Fabb says the arrangement ticks many boxes for both Griffith and Halfbrick.
Our students get the opportunity to develop through industry exposure with expert training, and those who show the greatest potential may be offered paid work with Halfbrick, which we’ve already seen.
"And Halfbrick can tap into our pool of emerging talent across a range of relevant disciplines, with the chance to employ top up-and-coming coders and creatives to suit their needs."