13/07/2021

Categories: Games, Undergradute

How to Become a Games Designer

Making video games sounds like a dream career, right? Here’s the lowdown on how to begin your career in game design.

Game careers are exciting, dynamic and often very well paid. The industry itself is worth more than the film industry and music industry combined, so it’s a growing space for creatives who want to make their mark.

If you love gaming and see yourself creating the next blockbuster, a degree in game design could be the right pathway for you.

So what does it take to become a games designer? Here’s everything you need to know about being successful in this unique and artistic field.

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Have a real passion for gaming

Working as a game design professional, you’ll need to live and breathe video games. So it’s important to have a true, authentic interest in this area, something that’s more than just an occasional hobby.

Many designers are avid gamers themselves, and they know the gaming world and gamer community inside out. This puts them at a great advantage when it comes to understanding key trends, market fluctuations, desires and pain points.

Being a gamer also means you’re always inspired by wonderful game art, storylines and characters.

Work on your people skills

Personality matters in the world of games development. It doesn’t matter if you’re shy or not great at talking to people. What counts is your willingness to make an effort in a work environment, as well as your willingness to listen and accept feedback (good or bad).

Games are collaborative, and that means getting on with your colleagues in order to build something great together. So work on your soft skills, and make sure you are ready for mingling in the workplace.

University is a great place to practice your communication and teamwork skills, and it’s also the perfect opportunity to grow your professional network.

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Take an interest in new technology

It’s also important to have an active interest in technology as a wider subject. Knowing about the latest advancements can help you stay ahead of the trends in a variety of game careers.

Whether you’re a designer or developer, understanding things like virtual reality, cloud and mobile devices will ensure you have your finger on the pulse.

Have an inclusive mindset

Gaming is a global pastime, one that touches the hearts of many. If you want to enjoy a successful career in gaming, you need to be inclusive of all genders, races and religions, leaving any prejudices at the door.

The gaming community welcomes everyone and provides a common ground for people from all cultures and backgrounds.

To be good at your job, you need to engage everyone, so make sure you practice inclusivity in your everyday life.

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Study a course that offers career development

Both personal and professional development are key for game careers. Why? Because being a successful artist in this field is all about growth and the ability to adapt to evolving trends. No one ever gets better by standing still, so challenging yourself is a must.

The University of Bolton’s BSc Games Design course aims to give you an immersive experience, helping you to shape your future career. You’ll get to study in our £13 million facilities (which houses the Centre for Games Development) and there’ll be opportunities to take part in events and competitions within our thriving gaming community.

We were one of the first universities to introduce gaming courses in the UK, so there’s nowhere better to develop your skills and build your career!

To find out more about applying in September 2021, head over to course page.

Or if you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch on +44 (0)1204 903 394 or admissions@bolton.ac.uk.

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BA (Hons) Games Art with foundation year
Full-time
Mode of study
4 years
Duration
48
UCAS Points

University of Bolton

BSc (Hons) Games Design with foundation year
Full-time
Mode of study
4 years
Duration
48
UCAS Points

University of Bolton

BSc (Hons) Games Programming with foundation year
Full-time
Mode of study
4 years
Duration
48
UCAS Points

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MA /MSc Professional Practice (Specialism)
Full-time
Mode of study
12 months
Duration

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MA /MSc Professional Practice (Specialism): Extended
Full-time
Mode of study
18 months
Duration

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BSc (Hons) Games Programming
Part-time
Mode of study
6 years
Duration
104
UCAS Points

University of Bolton

BA (Hons) Games Art
Part-time
Mode of study
6 years
Duration
104
UCAS Points

University of Bolton

BSc (Hons) Games Design
Part-time
Mode of study
54 months
Duration
104
UCAS Points

University of Bolton

BA (Hons) Games Art
Full-time
Mode of study
3 years
Duration
104
UCAS Points

University of Bolton

BSc (Hons) Games Design
Full-time
Mode of study
3 years
Duration
104
UCAS Points

University of Bolton

BSc (Hons) Games Programming
Full-time
Mode of study
3 years
Duration
104
UCAS Points

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MA (Specialist Title) for Creative Industries
Full-time
Mode of study
12 months
Duration

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MA (Specialist Title) for Creative Industries: Extended
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Mode of study
18 months
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MA (Specialist Title) for Creative Industries
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24 months
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MA /MSc Professional Practice (Specialism)
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Mode of study
24 months
Duration

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MA Games Development
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Mode of study
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