Summary: This integrated foundation year degree programme prepares you for one of our creative games or animation degrees. Our dedicated team helps you develop your drawing and creative skills - vital to successfully completing our games or animation courses. We focus on the core skills of drawing, helping you to create effective images using both traditional tools and graphics software such as Photoshop. When you successfully complete the foundation year, you progress to the first year of your chosen course. Course details: This degree is one of the UK’s leading games programming courses and is well respected by the industry. You have the opportunity to study on this specialist course taught by experienced developers and internationally recognised researchers. Games programmers build games from the creative vision of designers and artists. Our course gives you the essential industry skills to do this. Games-specific modules take you beyond traditional software development, providing a head start for your future career. Each year culminates in producing a complete game demo, whether as a personal project using middleware, in a team of programmers working to a game design document, or in a multidisciplinary team of students. You will become a talented software engineer, technically skilled and an excellent problem solver with games industry-specific-knowledge and experience. You will have the technical expertise for a variety of careers within the games industry and mainstream computing. The course is structured around the following themes: programming and agile software engineering practices, gaming hardware and platforms (mobile devices and consoles), gameplay programming and user interfaces (multimodal interfaces), artificial intelligence, networked multiplayer games (from social gaming to massively multiplayer games) graphics, animation, physics, and simulation programming. After the course: Being able to include work experience on your CV makes you a much more attractive applicant. You have a much higher chance of improving your degree classification and the boost in confidence will give you the edge in job interviews. 98% of our students who complete a work placement achieve a high level degree classification and are offered a graduate job within six months of graduating. We have established excellent long-term relationships with businesses giving you the opportunity to apply for summer, year-long and graduate placements with key organisations such as: Microsoft, Rare, Team 17, ZeroLight, R8 Games, Hammerhead VR, Dojo Arcade, Schlumberger, Sumo Digital and Coastsink. Student selection is carried out by the employers through competitive interviews and often skills tests. Placements are not compulsory but are assessed and contribute to your final degree award. Our placements team gives you help and support throughout the placement process, including guidance on applications and interviews, to help you get a placement that suits you. You are ideally suited for employment in the games development industry and similar creative industries. A variety of programming roles exist within these industries such as gameplay programmer, tools programmer, middleware developer, and mobile application programmer. The course gives you a strong foundation in computer programming also allowing for a career in mainstream software development.