Sumo Digital Academy launches new tech art programme

7th Feb 2024 News

We’re thrilled to announce that the Sumo Digital Academy has expanded this year to include a cohort of aspiring technical artists!

Previously, the Academy has catered for up-and-coming programmers with its Level 7 Game Programmer Apprenticeship Programme, with 100% of its graduates obtaining roles in the industry after 18 months. Now, the Academy is turning its attention to another key discipline for video games in the hopes of acquiring talented individuals.

“We’re delighted to welcome our new tech art cohort to the Sumo Digital Academy and see our learning community grow,” said Dr Jacob Habgood, Director of Education Partnerships at Sumo Digital. “In addition, we’ve also welcomed 10 new apprentices for this year’s Programmer Apprenticeship Programme.

“The Sumo Digital Academy is all about creating opportunities for underrepresented groups we’re excited to see what both cohorts will create from what they’ve learnt in the next 18 months.”

The new five-person technical art cohort is being led by Sumo Digital Academy Art Director David Wilson, a former Subject Group Leader Games Design for Sheffield Hallam University.

“Teaching technical programming skills to artists empowers them to take on the most exciting creative challenges of a constantly evolving industry”, said David. “Bringing them in alongside the existing programme allows for valuable interactions between coders and artists which cannot be engineered in a classroom. It has emboldened everybody to believe they’re part of something unique and relevant.”

The Academy, the first in the UK games industry to be recognised by the government and the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education, sees apprentices learning vital industry skills as well as having the opportunity to participate in work placement within Sumo’s family of studios.

For more information on the Sumo Digital Academy and how to apply, visit

7th February 2024 News