Careers course

So many people asked us ‘what’s a games career like?’, ‘What skills do I need?’ and ‘Where do I start?’ that we decided to create a short online video course with the Open University’s social learning platform, FutureLearn.

The heart of the course is the experiences of 5 young developers shortly after they started their careers. This diverse group of young people share their stories of how they applied, prepared, interviewed and won their first jobs.

We handpicked 6 diverse senior producers, recruiters and studio heads to share how they started, shortlist, interview and recruit new starters to their studios or for their clients.

This 4 week course features videos, discussions, tools, quizzes and articles which guide you through the stages of preparing for games careers:

  • How developers started in games development
  • What entry-level games programmers, artists, designers and producers do day to day and how they work together
  • What are the hidden professional skills that could make you easier to hire
  • What recruitment companies would like to see in your CV and what could help you stand out from the crowd
  • Tips on providing evidence that you can do a games job, even if you lack experience
  • Inside the interview room – what games studios are really looking for at interviews


By November 2021, 11,400 people had enrolled on this course, giving it an 84% positive feedback rating.

Thank you to Sumo Digital, Square Enix, State of Play, Aardvark Swift and our very own Claire Boissiere (BGI’s Chair of Trustees) for being filmed and sharing their expertise and experiences.

Read more about or enroll in the course.