How to become a computer games developer
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
You could do a foundation degree or degree in:
- computer games technology
- computer games development
- computer science
- interactive media
For roles which include design as well as programme development, you could do a foundation degree or degree in a subject like:
- graphic design
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
- 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
You could do a college course, which may lead onto more advanced qualifications or a higher apprenticeship, or 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 Games Development
You may need:
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and computing
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths for a T level
- 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a higher national certificate or higher national diploma
You could do one of the following apprenticeships to get started in this role:
- software developer higher apprenticeship
- junior 2D artist higher apprenticeship
- junior vfx artist higher apprenticeship
- game programmer degree apprenticeship
You'll usually need:
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for 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.
There is information on how to get started creating your own games at Into Games Start Creating.