Want to have an "expert view" on Computer Games Technology? Read on... Dr Euan Dempster who teaches MSC Computer Games Technology at University of Abertay, Dundee discusses below the popularity of the subject among Indian students, career options and funding opportunities.
Q. What are the main objectives of this course?
A. Expand and focus existing programming skills for the development of computer games. To prepare students for employment in the competitive but exciting area of computer games.
Q. Is this a popular course amongst Indian students? How many Indian students do you have on this course?
A. Yes. 8 students are currently on the course.
Q. What qualities do you think students need in order to succeed on this course?
A. Logical thinking and enthusiastic programmers keen to enter the games industry.
Q. What advice would you give to Indian students who are applying to enroll?
A. Applicants should have a minimum of a lower second class Honours degree that includes a substantial element of computer programming (preferably C++) and have a solid background in Mathematics.
Q. What career options are open to Indian graduates from this course?
A. Job opportunities exist in the following sectors - Computer Games Development, Graphics and Visualisation, Virtual Reality/Simulation, Multimedia and Education. Typical job titles include Games Programmer, Graphics Programmer, AI Specialist Programmer and Console Programmer.
Q. Are there any companies that have recruited students who have completed this course?
A. Yes. Examples are: Rockstar North; Codemasters; Lionhead Studios; Rockstar Games, Toronto; Version 2 Games; CCP; Lightening Fish Games; eeGeo; Innova; Universo Virtual; Indusgeeks Solutions Pvt. Ltd.; Trine Animation; Stainless Games; Skyrock Games; Turbulenz Ltd; Toshiba Medical Visualization Systems (Europe) Ltd; Gameloft; Tag Games.
Q. How does the course prepare students for the professional world and/or further study?
A. During the course students will study aspects of game design technologies and in a team, design a full game and produce a working prototype game level as a portfolio piece for a future employer. The course is accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS) (Exemption (Professional Graduate Diploma) & partial CEng/CSci accreditation). The course also has Skillset accreditation.
Q. Any notable Indian alumni?
A. Ashwadh Bollini, Game Programmer at Lightning fish games; A Santosh, Game Programmer at Version 2 Games, Hyderabad Area; Anand Gupta, Game Programmer at Indusgeeks Solutions Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai Area; Ketan Jaiswal, Trine Animation; Ashish Lijhara, Senior Programmer at Skyrock Games; Muniraj Sunderavel, Game Developer at Mamba, Chennai Area
Q. Are there any funding opportunities available for Indian students who are applying to enroll?
A. Please visit http://abertay.ac.uk/applying/overseas/scholarships/ for more information of scholarship for Indian students.