You will have the chance to visit EGX, the UK's biggest gaming show, where you can speak to up-and-coming indie developers, the big names in gaming and hundreds of other exhibitors.
Every year, Games Development students have the opportunity to go to Germany to visit gamescom, Europe's leading trade fair for digital games culture and discover new industry trends.
Our Creative Production and Games Development courses, based in Witney, teach the practical and technical skills needed before your first step into the rapidly expanding gaming sector.
You will work on character, story and game world development using the latest specialist software, projecting your imagination into 2D and 3D environments and turning concept art into real creations. It's all about finding your own voice and what interests you most in this field.
By undertaking projects in a variety of game-related areas, you will gain a sound skills base in understanding and researching the gaming sector. Like all our creative subjects, this will culminate in the final term where you will produce a final major project (FMP), which is driven by you.
JP gained a degree in Film & TV Studies at Brunel University London and has gained a wealth of experience working in the film, TV and music industries which he shares with his students.
He runs a successful podcast on professional wrestling called GRAPPL Spotlight with one of his colleagues, travelling the world and going to events, and now getting over 1,000 listeners a week!
JP has been at the College since 2016 and has been teaching for more than 10 years.
"Seeing students do well and find fantastic careers, university placements and other positive moves is what drives me to do what I do. When I hear alumni are doing well in their careers and knowing I've been a part of that in some way means I know I've done my job!
Everyday really is different here; we challenge our students to adapt to working scenarios and briefs, and it keeps the course fresh and interesting.
At the end of the day, they are doing something they are passionate about, maturing and becoming young adults, and really starting to think for themselves."
After graduating from UCA Farnham in Computer Games Arts, Cameron began a career in IT recruitment and in his spare time has developed video games commercially, one for Steam and another for iPhone IOS.
He has been teaching Level 3 Games Development learners since 2018 and has expanded his delivery to teach adults as part of Oxfordshire Adult Learning's provision.
"Teaching at the College allows you to meet a host of new people and see them grow in ability in a industry you are passionate about. Offering learners new challenges and seeing where they go and what they produce from this at the end of the year in their Final Major Project is a big draw for me to teach.
Tailored bespoke teaching with industry recognised software is a big part to the benefit of what I deliver to our students, but beyond that they are all supported and we endeavour to stretch and challenge everyone to achieve more and I think that is evidenced well in the work that our students produce."
Oxfordshire is a fast-growing hub for games development - there are more than 35 companies in this sector across the county
The UK consumer spend on games was valued at a record £6bn in 2019, up 10% from 2018 (£5.7bn). Software alone accounted for £4 billion in revenue.
Rebellion, one of the UK's biggest producer of video games, has its headquarters based in Oxford and is developing new studios nearby in Didcot.
Wood Green School
My favourite part of the course is drawing character designs, using the great computing tech that they have here.
I find this subject interesting and I've always known this what I want to do. This college was the best choice for me and I'm enjoying everything about the course and how it feels here, as I have much more freedom than I had at school.
Faringdon Community College
It’s an interesting subject with room for very challenging lessons, where you can set a high ceiling for yourself. The classes have given a me sense of ‘guided freedom’, a chance to find out what I'm really in to learning about, and so far they’ve been super enjoyable.
The computers are well-kitted out and it's the only college with an Escape Studios animation course in the area.
I know that by studying here, it's going to lead to the career I'm most interested in.
This college and my tutor are forming me into the best games developer I can be, as I'm set challenges to meet that keep testing my abilities.
I really enjoy games and I’ve made lots of new friends here, so it's great being able to do a course that I love and be sociable too.
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