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Course Overview

The video games sector is booming, employing more than 16,000 people in the UK. Moreover, 99.5% of all UK games companies are small and medium-sized independent enterprises. On this course, you will explore the thriving independent games sector. You’ll examine its cultural and economic importance, meeting and learning from the creators and teams who make the games you love.

You will develop an understanding of what indie games are, how they’re made, the skills required to work in the industry, and how you can go about developing these skills in order to launch your own career in the sector.

Exploring indie games and the industry
  • Games studios and independent design
  • Why do independent games matter?
Developing the skills and knowledge for a future in games
  • Indie games and pitching ideas
  • Understanding roles and skills
  • Facing the future and new ideas: How might the industry evolve?

This course is designed for anyone interested in learning more about the independent games industry, whether you’re a gamer, or someone looking for a career in the sector. You might also be interested in the other courses in the Essential Creative Technologies collection from UAL Creative Computing Institute, Lancaster University and the Institute of Coding.

By the end of the course you will receive an Ozone certification.  This certification is evidence that you are able to…
  • Describe the characteristics and definitions of an indie game.
  • Summarise the process of making a game and understand the elements needed to create a game pitch.
  • Compare different indie games and gain an understanding of different styles of gameplay.
  • Explain the various funding models that can be used to finance an indie game project.
  • Identify the skills required to work in game design or game development.