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Nine reasons to study Games and Digital Media in Birmingham

If you are interested in computing, digital media, technology or games, then now is a great time to study one of our degrees. Located in the heart of Birmingham, we have excellent relationships with industry and a range of facilities that you can use throughout your time on the course, to prepare you for the exciting industry of technology!

Here are nine reasons why you should study Computer Games and Digital Media with us in Birmingham.

Industry on your doorstep

Being in the heart of Birmingham City Centre is not only great for local amenities, but also being close to potential employers too. We work closely with companies such as Cisco, Amazon, Microsoft, Unity, and Rare, Kwalee and Sony, as well as local agencies such as Big Marketing and Edge Creative.

State-of-the-art facilities 

Our City Centre Campus is home to a range of facilities that you will have complete access to within our Millennium Point Building – including high specification game development PCs, VR and AR headsets, Sony PlayStation Dev Kits and Xbox controllers.

Our dedicated computer games development lab has recently had new RGB keyboards and mice (TUF Gaming M5 and K5) and Nitro Concepts S300 Gaming Chairs, part sponsored by ASUS and Overclockers UK.

We are a Cisco Academy Support Centre and one of only 10 Cisco Instructor Training centres in the UK, which means you will have access to Cisco industry-standard facilities and training resources.

Access to these industry-standard facilities means that you will graduate with employable skills and be equipped to go into the workplace.

Learn from experts 

Computer Games Technology course leader, Dr Carlo Harvey is actively involved in games and graphics research and brings a wealth of award-winning experience to the course. His course has previously won the TIGA Award for Best Education Institution, and has been nominated several times since. Carlo has worked with Jaguar Land Rover on a project aimed to drive digital prototyping forward and construction magnate ARUP on learning from virtual spaces to better inform their space design.

Digital Media Computing course leader, Sandeep Chahil is an expert in digital video production and has worked as a freelance video editor. Sandeep has great connections with local agencies, including Edge Creative. 

Placement experience

You have the option to do a 30-week placement in industry, or a one-year optional placement year between your second and final year, so that you can make your CV stand out from the crowd when you graduate. We have a Careers+ department dedicated to supporting you find placements, graduate jobs, and offer support with your CV and making applications. 

Employability Initiatives

Dr Carlo Harvey is the co-founder of Curzon Software House – an initiative designed to develop your skills by working on real-life industry projects. This micro-placement opportunity will allow you to build your experience and skills, and experience the demand of working with companies on real-life briefs and projects using our cutting-edge facilities.

This initiative was nominated by TIGA (The Independent Game Developers’ Association) for the Best Educational Initiative and Talent Development award.

Societies

Our Students Union has many societies you can join, or set up your own! Hackathon and Computing Society (HaCS) and Film Society are just a few that you can join to get involved in events, workshops and social sessions. Each society is led by a team of student volunteers, and you can join at any point throughout your time here.

International Events

We regularly participate in international game development competitions such as Global Games Jam and Microsoft’s Imagine Cup, to give you the opportunities to showcase your experience to employers and network with industry. We also run Hackathon events throughout the year and Innovation Fest, where you can collaborate with students across the University, display your work to industry, such as Santander - and have the opportunity to win funding and prizes!

WISE

We are passionate about gender balance in science and technology, which is why we are official members of WISE.

Coupled with this agenda we also have representatives from within the faculty acting as Ambassadors for the Women in Games initiative. These links allow our students to actively participate in events that encourage and promote engagement from women and girls in STEM related areas. Examples include the UK University Diversity in eSports Conference 2020 hosted by Women in Games.

£150 free credit

When you start your course, we will give you £150 to spend in our online shop. This helps with getting equipped for the course and we usually recommend investing in a good hard-drive! On our Digital Media and Games courses, you will be working a lot with big files so it is best to make sure your work is backed up so you never lose anything.

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If you're interested in studying a BSc (Hons) degree, or foundation year in Computer Games Technology or Digital Media Computing with us then find out more and apply now.

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