Computer games is one of the most creative, exciting and fastest changing business sectors in the world, but how can you get a job in this competitive industry?
The University of Abertay Dundee in Scotland launched the world’s first Computer Games Technology degree in 1997. Now designated as the UK Centre for Excellence in Computer Games Education, the Institute of Arts. Media and Computer Games at Abertay works with globally successful firms like Codemasters, Sony and Ubisoft to deliver industry-relevant education.
Whether you want to be a computer games artist, designer or programmer, what games companies value most is a mix of technical skills and experience working in teams making real games.
At Abertay this means students on the undergraduate Computer Arts, Computer Games Technology and Game Design & Production Management degrees all work together to make actual games to be played, not just coursework assignments to be marked.[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MX6EgAR15BI[/youtube]
For postgraduate students on the unique Professional Masters in Games Development, the whole 12-month degree is an intense introduction to working in mixed-subject teams.
If your undergraduate degree is in traditional art or computer science, you can come to Abertay University for a year from anywhere in the world and leave with all the skills companies look for.
And because you’ll have worked in small teams producing games to tough deadlines, you’ll also develop many of the skills needed to run your own games company.
Abertay has taught computer games subjects to students from China, India, Russia, Venezuela, North America and across Europe, and each year welcomes a wide range of nationalities, giving a welcoming, international feel to university life.
What is taught on these computer games degrees is guided by the games companies Abertay University works closely with, ensuring that what students are taught changes as the needs of the industry change.
The teaching approach also closely reflects the team focus of Dare to be Digital, the international student game design competition run and hosted by Abertay University.
In just nine weeks, teams of five students have to design and build a brand new game, which then goes on show to thousands of members of the people. The best games then compete for a unique BAFTA, the Oscars of the computer games world.
Many of the lecturers at Abertay come from the computer games industry – having made major games including Grand Theft Auto, Lemmings, Harry Potter, Crackdown and many more – so they bring a real knowledge of the skills you need to get your first job.
Graduates of Abertay’s different computer games degrees have been hired by virtually every games company in the world, including Blitz, Blizzard, Codemasters, Disney, Electronic Arts, Pixar, Rare, Rockstar, Ruffian, Sony and Ubisoft, and increasingly Abertay graduates also start their own independent companies
While many universities followed Abertay in introducing computer games degrees, what makes an Abertay education different is the complete focus on preparing students to step straight into the games industry. As a Skillset Media Academy all of our games-related courses have been accredited by the computer games industry.
So do you want to be a computer games artist, designer or programmer?
The computer games courses available at Abertay University are:
BA (Hons) Computer Arts
BSc (Hons) Computer Game Applications Development
BSc (Hons) Computer Games Technology
BA (Hons) Game Design & Production Management
MSc Computer Games Technology
MProf Games Development
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