Computer games developer apprenticeships - where to start
You can get into this job through
a university coursea college coursean apprenticeshipworking towards this role
You could do a foundation degree or degree in:
You may have an advantage when you look for work if you do a degree that has a work placement. You'll usually need at least 1 A-Level, or equivalent, for a foundation degree. For a degree, you may need 2 to 3 A-Levels, or the equivalent.
- computer games technology
- computer games development
- computer science
- interactive media
You could do a college course, which may lead onto more advanced qualifications, such as a higher apprenticeship, or may even help you to get a trainee position with a company. Courses include:
- A-Level in Computing
- T level in Digital Production, Design and Development
- Higher National Diploma in Creative Media Production or Games Development
You may need 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and computing for A-Levels or a T level. You might also need 1 or 2 A-Levels, or equivalent, for a higher national certificate or higher national diploma.
You could do a higher apprenticeship as a software developer or junior 2D artist.
You'll usually need 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for a Level 3 apprenticeship. You might also need some A-Levels, or equivalent, to do a higher or degree apprenticeship.
You could start as a quality assurance (QA) tester if you have plenty of experience of game playing.
You'll usually need an IT qualification or work experience. Employers will be interested in your talent and creativity. You may also find it helps to have A-Levels or a diploma in relevant subjects like computing or media production. You can create a portfolio of work or online demo to highlight your skills to potential employers.
Computer games developer apprenticeships - what it takes
Skills and knowledge
- design skills and knowledge
- analytical thinking skills
- the ability to write computer code
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- maths knowledge
- the ability to come up with new ways of doing things
- the ability to use your initiative
- complex problem-solving skills
- to have a thorough understanding of computer systems and applications
Computer games developer apprenticeships - what you'll do
Your day-to-day tasks could include:
- deciding what a game will look like and how it can be played
- coming up with your own original ideas or working from an existing concept
- creating the game's visual characters, objects and scenery
- producing concept art and drawings or storyboards at the planning stage
- bringing the characters, objects and scenery to life with computer modelling and animation software
- creating the code to make the game work
You could work in a creative studio or in an office.
Career path and progression - Computer games developer apprenticeships
With experience, you could become a senior developer, producer or technical director.
If you develop your own successful game independently, you could increase your income significantly.