Online course

How To Start Your Career In Games Development

Learn how to start a career in video games development by hearing from video games development recruiters and recruits.

Kickstart your career in video games development

Follow the journeys of four people who recently got their first job in video games. You’ll learn what game development roles involve, and learn more about the skills you need, hearing from industry experts about what they hope to see in a candidate’s application.

You’ll learn how to assess your skills, and about strategies for demonstrating them in applications. You will practise sample interview tasks, and both give and receive feedback. By the end of the course you should be equipped with tools and advice from games recruiters to help you start your career in game development.

What topics will you cover?

  • How games developers got their start in games development
  • What entry-level games programmers, artists, designers and producers do day to day and how they work together
  • What are the hidden professional skills that could make you easier to hire
  • What recruitment companies would like to see in your CV and what could help you stand out from the crowd
  • Tips on providing evidence that you can do a games job
  • Inside the interview room – what games studios are really looking for at interviews

When would you like to start?

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Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone interested in working in games development, including those who are studying or have studied games development at academies and/or universities.

Who will you learn with?

Chella Ramanan

Advisory board member of the BGI, the national organisation for games culture. In 2019, Chella was named one of the 100 most influential women in the UK games industry.

Rick Gibson

CEO of the BGI, a new agency for games culture, skills, finance and diversity. Rick has been in games for 20 years, worked with over 150 organisations to deliver change in the UK games sector.

Who developed the course?

The BGI is a new UK non-profit agency that educates the public about the art, science, history and technology of games.

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