BSc (Hons) Computer Games Technology

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Introduction

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.

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Computer Games Technology student showreel 2019

2019 showreel of work by students on the BSc Computer Games Technology course at the School of Creative Industries at ARU 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.

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Facilities and accreditation

World-class facilities

As a Computer Games Technology student at ARU, you’ll benefit from:

  • live briefs and guest speakers from companies like Sony, Sumo Digital, Jagex and Frontier
  • the chance to take part in events with industry reps, such as Brains Eden
  • the latest software and hardware including GameMaker, 3DGameStudio, Unreal Tournament 3 Editor, Adobe Flash and Action Script, Java and C++, Microsoft XNA Game Studio, Visual C# Express, Microsoft Visual Studio, Photoshop, GIMP, 3ds Max, Blender, Fusion, Audacity, Second Life and Unity3D
  • a head-start in the industry with our optional placement year.

Our dedicated Computer Games Technical Officer will be on hand to offer training and support. You can also get training in all our Creative Industries facilities, not just Computer Gaming.

Careers

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 Gaming 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.

During your studies, you’ll get the chance to take part in our annual festival, Brains Eden. Co-organised by local gaming network Games Eden, this four-day event includes a 48-hour games jam in which teams of students and major studio reps compete to create a game – the perfect way to raise your profile in the industry.

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.

SABRINA MINTER

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

BA (Hons) Computer Games Art

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Placement year available

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.

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