Play, design and build games at our development studio as you create a portfolio to launch your career as a games developer, with our Computer Games Technology degree in Cambridge.
With our Computer Games Technology course, you’ll be able to turn your love of computer games into a career. Working at our development studio in Cambridge – close to the tech hub of ‘Silicon Fen’ – you’ll be located right at the heart of the computer gaming industry in the UK.
From the very beginning of your studies, you’ll create and develop your own games. Everything you design will build into a valuable portfolio to help you secure your dream job in the gaming industry when you graduate.
ARU is the place to be for studying Computer Games Technology. The East of England has 135 active games companies, with Cambridge home to developers including Jagex, Frontier Developments and Ninja Theory, who are based around the corner from Compass House our Computer Games Development studio.
Based in Compass House, our gaming and technology hub, you'll enjoy having the latest technology at your fingertips and collaborating with other students on innovative projects.
You’ll get the chance to improve your prospects with live briefs and guest speakers from tech giants like Sony, Jagex and Frontier. There’s even the opportunity to take part in events with industry reps, too.
During your time at ARU, you’ll also have the opportunity to get a head-start in the computer gaming industry and in recent times, ARM, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, Frontier and Just Flight have all offered internships and work opportunities to ARU students. There are lots of placement opportunities with an optional placement year to develop your practical experience.
We're also partners with the Global Science & Technology Forum, giving you access to cutting-edge research materials.
A showreel of work by our students on the Computer Games Technology degree course.
2021 showreel of work by students on the BA Computer Games Art course at the School of Creative Industries at ARU in Cambridge
An animation by Amy Hook, created as part of her Computer Games Art course work.
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As a Computer Games Technology student at ARU, you’ll benefit from:
Our dedicated 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.
Our new digital workshop includes a variety of computer aided manufacturing machines, helping you learn up to date manufacturing and design processes as well as supporting many traditional techniques. These technologies include:
Our Creative Showcase shines a spotlight on what makes ARU creative and cultural – our spaces, places and people. Find out more about our community, the difference we make, the stories we tell, and the things that inspire us.
Meanwhile, Present is an exhibition that you curate for yourself. Explore the work of our graduating students in this eye-catching virtual degree show.
Course Group Leader for Undergraduate Computer Games; Senior Lecturer Practitioner
Deputy Head, Computer Games
Course Leader, MA Computer Games Development (Art)
Associate Professor, Games
81% of the UK computer games industry is educated to at least undergraduate level, rising to 88% for core games production roles in art or programming.
The skills and knowledge you acquire on our Computer Games Technology degree course will not only help you land a career in the gaming industry, but will also equip you with core programming skills transferable to the wider I.T. industry or a career in teaching.
Through work-based projects, internships and placements, students are can get hands-on practical opportunities. In recent times, ARM, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, Frontier and Just Flight have all offered internships and work opportunities to ARU students.
Graduation doesn’t need to be the end of your time with us, of course. You might decide to stay at ARU and continue your Computer Games Art studies with our MA Computer Games Development (Computing). Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and get 20% off your fees.
Informed by employers, our courses support an integrated approach to employability. You’ll have opportunities to develop the skills and abilities they are looking for and gain a deeper understanding of how your academic learning relates to the world of work through Live Briefs and Ruskin Modules.
You will need to dedicate time outside of your course to develop your employability, through placements, internships or volunteering or through our partner scheme Students at the Heart of Knowledge Exchange (SHoKE). You can evidence this experience on your CV and talk about it in interviews to give you that all important edge.
Our Employability and Careers Service offers a range of expert advice and support to build your unique professional profile, including tailored career appointments, advice on writing your CV, and help to complete job applications. You’ll have 24/7 access to the Careers Centre, our comprehensive online digital resource, which empowers you to start building a Personal Career Development Plan from the very start. Design your future at ARU.
Seeing women succeed in games has made a positive impact on my aspirations and encouraged me to work closely in a field which I now thoroughly enjoy.SABRINA MINTER
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You have the option to take a placement year as part of this course. It’s a great chance to get hands-on experience in the industry you want to work in.Your guide to placements
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