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Games Development and Programming

Industry-standard facilities

Study on the latest software in our dedicated games lab

Pitch your games

Pitch to studios such as Playground Games, Team 17 & Media Molecule

Workplace learning

Take the opportunity to complete a work placement on every course

Our courses in games development and programming will give you all the skills necessary to become a top level programmer and developer in an established studio.

Do you want to learn about games development or technical games programming? Our courses are suited to those who aspire to work in an indie games studio or develop mobile games, and are also good preparation for a career as a software developer in the wider computing industry. 

If it’s specifically games development you’re looking launch a career in, we have a BSc (Hons) in Computer Games Design and Programming that’s just for you. It revolves around the three main areas of games development which will prepare you for a future career: design, programming and production. By studying all three, you’ll acquire the skills required to make yourself desirable in a highly competitive industry straight after graduation.  

As members of the PlayStation® First Academic Program run by Sony, we have access to professional development hardware and software tools. Using industry standard games engines such as UDK and Unity, you’ll gain experience in developing games from an initial concept to finished product. You will then pitch your games to commercial studios such as Playground Games, Team 17 and Media Molecule. 



Work experience and careers

Whatever you choose to study at Staffordshire University you will have the opportunity of a work placement, where you’ll gain experience and connections to give you an edge in your future career.

This work experience may be closely linked to your course, or it could be designed to develop your broader employability skills. Our commitment gives you the best possible mix of knowledge and practical experience. 

Work experience opportunities

Graduates from our games courses have worked with: 

  • Rockstar North 
  • Naughty Dog 
  • Astraware 
  • Asylum Entertainment 
  • Climax Studios 
  • Codemasters 
  • Kuju Entertainment 
  • Jagex 

Our staff

Paul Roberts
Paul RobertsCourse Leader

After starting out in retail management, Paul decided to pursue his dream of programming computer games. He worked on AAA titles like Worms Revolution, Call of Duty: Strike Team, and The Lego Movie: The Game before joining Staffordshire University.

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Yvan Cartwright
Yvan CartwrightCourse Leader

Yvan’s research in the area of computer gaming focuses on engines, rapid prototyping and AI systems. He works extensively with Epic's Unreal Engine 4 and the Unity 3D Engine.

Steve Foster
Steve FosterCourse Leader

After spending three years working for mobile games developer Astraware and completing an MSc in Artificial Intelligence from Edinburgh University, Steve is now helping to inspire a new generation of programmers.

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