**Summary**: This degree includes an integrated foundation year if you do not have the appropriate subjects and/or grades for entry to year one of the degree. Independent games developers and studios now make up a high percentage of the UK games industry, most producing games that are quick and easy to pick up and play aimed at a wide audience. This indie games development course equips you with the practical, theoretical and business skills needed in order to succeed in this rapidly growing industry. **Course details**: Independent developers require a mix of technical, creative and entrepreneurial skills to design, develop and market their games. This course teaches you to develop compelling games with exciting mechanics and strong gameplay, both as individuals and as part of a team. While the main focus is on the development of smaller independent games, the skills taught are also applicable to design, production and technical roles within large mainstream development studios. Teesside has been at the forefront of computer games education for many years. This course has been designed to support the shift in the UK games industry and to prepare you for the many opportunities this shift presents. 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. Placements are not compulsory but if taken, are assessed and contribute to your final degree award. **After the course**: This course provides you with a range of technical and design skills, making you the perfect candidate for a career as an independent game developer. Entrepreneurial support from University-based DigitalCity can help you to start your career as an independent developer or small company. Many small studios now take advantage of Kickstarter funding to generate the funds to develop their games. As a graduate of this course, you have the skills to put forward a polished proof of concept to attract funding. As the course provides a range of generic skills in the areas of programming, web design and game design, you are also well suited for careers in the mobile, web and social games sector. And you are suitable for a position within a larger games studio such as a gameplay programmer, game designer or web designer.