Careers and connections in Games

Undergraduate

If you dream of working in the most successful entertainment industry of the 21st century as a designer, influencer, developer, artist or community manager, we'll help you to burst into the thriving UK games industry and land your first role with our extensive range of games related courses.

As an undergraduate games student at Staffordshire University studying TIGA accredited courses, you’ll have the chance to connect with influential developers and producers in the industry. We have strong industry links with companies such as Sony Entertainment, Epic Games, award-winning visual effects company The Mill, and architecture practice Foster + Partners. By creating networks with these industry leaders, you will have the opportunity to start your career in games, joining our successful graduates working at the likes of Rockstar North, Naughty Dog and more.

Your career

Our graduates often go on to enjoy employment with industry giants such as Playground Games, Codemasters, Rockstar Games, Dovetail Games, Naughty Dog and Sumo Digital. Gaming roles are becoming an increasingly popular career choice and the esports industry has also seen phenomenal growth over recent years. If you have a passion for gaming, then there are a wide range of career opportunities once you're qualified. 

  • 3D artists
  • Games designer
  • Matchmovers
  • Visual effects producers
  • Shoutcaster/host
  • Character riggers
  • Games producer
  • Environment artist
  • Technical animator
  • Motion graphics artists
  • Visualisation programmer
  • Lighting technical director
  • Games developer
  • Narrative designer
  • Broadcast/production crew
  • Product manager
  • Rotoscoping artists
  • Stop motion animator
  • Articulated puppet maker
  • 3D modeller
  • Film and video editor
  • Graphic designer
  • Technical director
  • Games animator
  • Augmented reality application developer
  • Gameplay programmer
  • Tools developer
  • Network/multiplayer programmer

Stuart Butler

Graduated 2012

Computer Games Design graduate Stuart Butler is a Director of his own games company and a Senior Lecturer at Staffordshire University.

Stuart's story

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Work experience

At Staffordshire University, we don’t just connect you to knowledge, we offer every student the chance to make connections in the real world. Whatever games course you choose to study at Staffordshire University, you will have the opportunity to undertake a work placement.

Employers look for a good level of technical knowledge, so having the opportunity to complete a work placement and develop key skills and industry connections will only further benefit your future career. There are also opportunities for live briefs and internships giving you the chance to work collaboratively alongside other professionals and to see at first-hand how the knowledge and skills you have learned on the course are put into practice.

The lectures constantly relate the course to real world industries.

I feel that the course is making us ready for industry as the lectures constantly relate the course to real world industries and constantly remind us what companies would expect etc.

Khan Hobson

BA (Hons) Virtual Reality Design

Our students

With the great placement year I had the opportunity to gain real industry experience.

Staffordshire University taught me both professional and personal skills. With the great placement year I had the opportunity to gain real industry experience, which meant I gained a lot of knowledge both involving programming but also professional and personal skills that I could bring back, and become a much better student.

Anna Ljungberg

Codemasters

I had the support of the lectures who offered advice and critique that really saw my potential.

I was given a lot of freedom to explore and develop my work on my own. Also being around other students from other computer technology based courses really helped me to realise the amount of opportunities in the future that my degree could help me to achieve.

Alan Herbert

CGI and Visual Effects 

The staff here have constantly encouraged industry engagement through many forms.

Coming to the end of my time here at Staffs, I feel incredibly prepared for my transition into industry. The staff here have constantly encouraged industry engagement through many forms. Yearly events for industry networking and modules tailored specifically to finding your specialisation in the industry have taught me much about where I want to be in the games industry and how to reach that goal when I graduate.

If you're unsure of whether you want to be an artist; designer or programmer (amongst other roles), then this course will allow you to learn more about each of the roles and will allow you specialise as you see fit.  Learning more about all of these roles will also prepare you for industry, as you'll be able to effectively communicate with the teams you work with.

Daniel Saunders

Student, BSc (Hons) Computer Games Design

One of the best parts of uni was the social life! I made a great bunch of friends who I’m still in touch with after finishing uni, and the campus facilities like Ember and LRV were always nearby and great to go to in between lectures. 

Isaac Hudd

BSc (Hons) Computer Games Programming

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