Get the edge in the highly competitive games industry. Whether you’re currently studying a computing degree, are in the early stages of your career or want to re-train in this exciting field, this course will help you to become a confident game programmer who can deliver compelling play experiences. Learn technical, creative and professional skills from veteran game developers and world-leading researchers, within a studio environment that mirrors industry. Our award-winning Games Academy studio is ripe for collaboration and innovation. Learning from experienced games practitioners, and working with artists and designers in a studio environment, you’ll experiment with cutting-edge technologies and game programming techniques. You’ll also benefit from our industry connections and insights; several of our graduates have seen great success with the UK Games Fund and founding their own indie game studios, through career support from our employability service RealWORKS. You will: Gain a Master of Science degree with a creative edge, helping you to stand out in a highly competitive sector by nurturing an imaginative approach to problem-solving – complementing your technical expertise and other highly sought-after transferable skills Learn from experienced game developers with expertise spanning experimental gameplay, human-computer interaction, graphics and simulation, distributed systems, analytics, AI, procedural content generation, physical computing and digital creativity Be encouraged to explore your unique creative voice and experiment freely with new technologies Undertake cutting-edge research under the supervision of subject-matter specialists Work within a simulated studio environment, in line with industry expectations Enhance your communication and collaboration skills through a team project with students and staff from other areas of games development Acquire the industry knowledge to take a game from initial concept through to a pitch-ready demonstration Develop your intellectual independence, and potentially establish yourself as a technical innovator or pursue a new career pathway in research and development The Games Academy is an educational affiliate of the BCS
We welcome applicants with varied qualifications, but typically you’ll need an undergraduate degree. Our typical applicants hold an undergraduate degree of 2:2 or above, or equivalent experience. We’ll also welcome your application if you have formal or 'certified' learning (such as training courses not run by universities or colleges) and learning from work experience or self-study. This is called Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) and should have been gained within the last five years, and be equivalent to the learning outcomes of our minimum entry qualifications. APL applicants using experience to apply should note there is a £200 application fee for entry with advanced standing or with exemption from specific modules or credit. Applicants should hold a Level 2 GCSE (or equivalent) in English and Mathematics.
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