• A good honours degree, (or equivalent), normally in a related subject. Applicants with professional experience are also encouraged to apply.
• Experience with object oriented programming, preferably in C#, C++ or Java.
• If English is not your first language you’ll be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.5 ( Academic level) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University.
• Applicants to this course will be required to attend interview and present a portfolio of work for assessment.
Months of entry
Take your computer game development skills to the next level. Study, plan, produce and test games in our specialist studios. Working alongside students from our Computer Games Development Art course, you’ll gain experience in multi-disciplinary working and create an advanced portfolio.
The UK video games industry is worth £3.78 billion and there’s currently a recognised skills shortage of skilled games designers. If you have a first degree in computer science or a similar technical degree, our course will give you the skills to confidently create advanced level games.
Based in Cambridge, the heart of the UK’s games development industry, you’ll work in our Computer Game Development studio and hub, where you’ll create games both on your own and in teams, and gain the technical design skills to publish successfully across a range of platforms.
As well as furthering your development skills, you’ll also focus on games programming and tailor your research project so that you can concentrate on developing skills in an area that you’re passionate about.
We constantly focus on entrepreneurial opportunities, and sharing modules with our MA Computer Games Development (Art) means you’ll work with different strands of the games industry and meet and build your contacts ready for your career. Everything you design will also build into a valuable portfolio to help you secure your dream job when you graduate.
You’ll be encouraged to take on work placements, and to work on live projects in collaboration with the games industry. You’ll enter games events, such as Brains Eden, which is organised annually here in Cambridge. Our Games Development Studio includes studio space for an industry residency, offering space to Indy games developers based in Cambridge who will share their knowledge and experience with students on the course.
Almost 20% of the UK games industry is based in Cambridge*, so it’s a great place to study, surrounded by studios large and small. Many famous developers are based locally, including Sony, Frontier, Jagex, Inertia Game Studios and PTM Games. Our department is also a member of TIGA, the association for games developers in the UK.
Information for international students
We welcome applications from EU and international candidates. If English is not your first language you’ll be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.5 ( Academic level) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University.