Become a specialist in your field, whether you want to become a games programmer or a software engineer, with our Computer Games Programming degree in Cambridge.
Our BSc (Hons) Computer Games Programming will take you through the main areas of games development from initial idea generation all the way to releasing a playable and polished game.
As you study you’ll develop specialist skills in areas such as gameplay, artificial intelligence, gaming tools, and mobile gaming, and learn to create software using industry-standard programming languages such as C# and C++. This will not only allow you to create games, but give you a secondary skillset as a software developer.
You’ll also develop a deep understanding of the two most popular commercial game engines, Unity and Unreal – knowledge that is highly sought after in the creative industries.
And of course you’ll build a professional portfolio to showcase your skills to future employers and clients.
There’s never been a better time to take a degree in computer games. According to UKIE, the value of the UK video games market reached £7bn in 2020. The industry needs highly skilled graduates that can work in multidisciplinary teams.
As a Computer Games Programming student at ARU, you’ll be based in our studio in the heart of Cambridge.
Working as a team is crucial to games development and so you’ll take part in collaborative projects with students from other creative courses, developing your skills in teamwork and project management.
Every year, you’ll also tackle live briefs from our industry partners. These might include prototyping game ideas, and even developing teaser games. You’ll have a chance to take part in negotiated briefs too, which may focus more on your particular interests and specialisms.
Throughout your Computer Games Programming degree, our expert staff are on hand to offer support and feedback. They’ll help you create an online presence to showcase your work.
We also attend games jams, industry talks, conferences and festivals. They’re great places to make contacts in the gaming industry.
This course is subject to planning. Some content, including modules, may be subject to change.
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Computer gaming students will have access to:
Our Computer Games Technical Officer will be on hand to offer training and support. You can also get training in the use of all our creative facilities.
As a student at ARU you'll benefit from:
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Course Leader and Lecturer Practitioner, BA Computer Games Art / BSc Computer Games Technology
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Our BSc (Hons) Computer Games Programming will help you get experience and find future work in programming-focused roles such as gameplay programmer, artificial intelligence programmer, tools programmer, and mobile programmer.
All your work on the course will go into your professional portfolio, including an online presence on portfolio sites, websites and blogs, so you’ll be ready to showcase your skills to future employers and clients.
The live briefs you take part in will not only help you prepare for work in the games industry – some may show you how you can use your skills for communal wellbeing, regardless of where your career takes you. For example, our brief in conjunction with mental health charity Safe In Our World will allow you to research the professional and ethical issues faced within the games industry, and present your findings through a group presentation.
Research-based learning will play a large role in your project work, helping you develop a range of academic skills including information literacy, critical thinking and presenting an argument. You’ll also pick up transferable skills in teamwork, project organisation and management, and self-development.
After you graduate, you might decide to stay at ARU and study for a Masters, such as our MSc Computer Games Development (Computing) degree. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and save 20% on your fees.
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