BGI launches FutureLearn course: supporting those wanting to start a career in games development

FutureLearn Project Details

BGI has announced a new course on the FutureLearn social learning platform that trains those wishing to start careers in games development.

4 developers from Sumo Digital and Square Enix share their experiences of starting their games careers, describing how they applied, prepared, interviewed and then started a career in videogames.

Claire Boissiere from Harbee Studios, Kath Bidwell from State of Play, Ian Goodall from Aardvark Swift, Karen Mcloughlin from Sumo Digital and Ed Perkins from Square Enix share expert advice on what they look for in candidates and what to expect in the job application process.

Through videos, discussions, tools, quizzes, peer reviews and articles, the course will cover a multitude of different aspects in preparing for a career in videogames. These include: the technical and interpersonal skills used in studios; how learners can map their skills to those listed in job applications; how studios assess job applications; how learners can demonstrate potential in CVs, cover letters and interviews; what to expect from games interviews and how to prepare for them.

The course has been designed by the BGI with advice from recruitment and production specialists to help prepare people to start careers in games development. It will be hosted by Narrative Designer and Journalist, Chella Ramanam.

Rick Gibson, BGI CEO: “Thousands of people are studying games development degree courses hoping to start exciting careers in games development. We want to help them, by using the first hand experience of developers who recently started their games careers, tempered with the advice from senior producers, studio heads and recruiters who kindly lent their time and advice for the production. We’re delighted to be partnering with FutureLearn, whose powerful online social learning platform is ideally suited to delivering this course.”

Enrollment opens at at 1400 on Monday 15th April, and the first course starts on 27th May 2019.

The course is free to join, with completion certificates and unlimited access to the course materials available for £42.

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