News / 09 Jul 2024

Video Game Designer awarded an Honorary Masters degree

Video Game Designer and industry legend Charles Cecil MBE was awarded an Honorary Master of Arts degree at the University’s recent graduation ceremonies.  

Charles received his honorary degree at The Royal Armouries, alongside graduating students from across all the University’s undergraduate degree courses.

Charles Cecil MBE, awarded ‘Industry Legend’ status by Develop (Europe’s leading development magazine), has been a key figure in video games development for over 40 years. In 1990 he founded Revolution, one of the world’s leading adventure game companies which created the Broken Sword and Beyond/Beneath a Steel Sky series. Charles has additionally designed titles as diverse as The Da Vinci Code for Sony Pictures and Doctor Who for the BBC for which he won a BAFTA award.

“I am deeply honoured to receive this recognition from Leeds Arts University, an institution with such an incredibly rich history, whose alumni have included some of the most extraordinary creative minds of the 20th century. It is wonderful that Leeds Arts celebrates the contribution of video games to our vibrant creative culture and I feel privileged to be associated with a university that is so effectively inspiring the next generation of students to shape the future of the arts for the 21st century.”

Charles Cecil MBE

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