Whether it is gameplay functionality, physics, AI, or tools that you are most interested in specializing for game development, this program will get you into the industry with credibility through hands-on development experience in programming.
At Futuregames we always try to adjust our courses to the needs of the games industry. As we think everybody understands games development is becoming increasingly specialised. For this reason, we are now launching an updated format for our Game Artist, Game Designer and Game Programmer educations adding the additional six months of specialisation. These three educations will now be 2,5-year-long and will be available in Stockholm only. In our other locations, Game Artist and Game Designer will remain as before, 2 year-long, and Game Programmer in Boden and Skellefteå will remain 2,5 year-long.
In the new version of these educations, students will pick between one of two possible areas of specialization in the fourth semester of their education allowing them to prepare even better for their internships. New courses have been designed to support these specialized roles and each class will divide into two groups to accommodate this. There is still plenty of scope in the education for you to develop your own individual talent and professional skills but by dividing the class we will be able to even better support you in your future career.
Specializations in Game Programmer
Develop core competencies in game and IT development by learning from industry professionals and teachers from leading companies in the industry.
Get access to our creative environment including equipment and relevant software where you grow and build your skills together with talented classmates and senior game developers at Futuregames.
You will actively participate in intensive game projects together with coursemates from our other programs that runs concurrently, such as: Indie Game Developer, Game Designer, Game Artist, and QA/Game Testers, where you will be simulating professional projects to reflect the reality of working in the gaming industry, and prepare for a progressive career in creativity.
We want to forge pragmatic individuals with balanced and broad-perspective mindset, strong ability to work together, leadership skills, and proactive attitude.
We have close working relationships and are in direct cooperation with the games industry. Some of these companies and studios includes King, Avalanche Studios, Ubisoft, EA DICE, Fatshark, Paradox Interactive, Starbreeze Studios, Glorious Games Group, Uprise, NEAT Corporation, Epic Games, Really Interactive, and the list goes on.
Up in the north of Sweden where our campuses lies in Boden and Skellefteå, we are supported by solid business eco-systems that works with a sustainable model, such as Boden Game Camp and Arctic Game Lab. Boden Game Camp is an eco-system for every individual and company to learn, grow, and thrive in Boden. They could be the start or the accelator for your career in the game industry.
Don’t just listen to us, download and read the Game Developer Index 2021 here to get more insights to the games industry in Sweden.
Most terms have different lengths and it is important that you report the right time period and the right amount of HVE-credits (Yh-points) to CSN. Each study week corresponds to five (5) HVE-credits, ie one (1) HVE-credit per day. This is provided that you continuously pass your courses with approved results.
August 31: last day to submit your application for the educations in Skellefteå and Boden. The education in Stockholm are closed.
To apply as an international student, please proceed to our international student page to read through the application process.
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When you apply, you will need to state the desired location where you wish to study. The Game Programmer education is offered in Stockholm, Boden, and Skellefteå.
Your CV, personal letter, and work sample(s) are all required to be written in English.
If we receive more applications than we have seats, we will assess applicantions by the score in their work samples.
The applicants with the highest score, regardless of location, will be offered a seat to the program, and other eligible applicants will be in our wait list.
You will receive an offer letter via our admission system around early July 2022.
You will then need to confirm your acceptance within seven (7) days to keep your seat or reserve status.
If the school does not receive your confirmation within seven (7) days, we will automatically offer it to the next applicant on our wait list.
What to submit?
How and what you choose to showcase in your work sample can vary, the important element to remember is the relevance of it to what a game programmer does.
It can be a small game you have developed, a system, or one or multiple algorithms.
You can showcase your work via text and code snippets, images, and a short video (max three minutes) of your work.
Please know that we will not have time to play anything so no need to include a build or project.
Describing your work, it is important to explain in detail about the process of creating your work, the reasoning behind it, your challenges and difficulties, where did you have to re-think or adapt, why you chose the solution you did, and if possible what strengths and weaknesses it might have.
We need to see how much time you have invested into your future career, and if Futuregames is a good fit for you and your development.
You can apply with a previous team project, but please specify in detail in which you have contributed to the project.
Maximum ten (10) pages.
Name the file [firstname_surname.pdf].
You need to hand in a PDF, 10 pages max long. It must be written in English and be named with your first and last name. You are free to use any layout of the document as you please.
Is prior tech knowledge mandatory?
The game programming program consists of students from diverse backgrounds and experiences, it is an enormous opportunity as you can all learn from and, inspire each other in your professional journey into the games industry.
We welcome people from all levels of experience, and some basic and programming skills is a MUST. Most importantly is your intention, that you have started looking into how to make games or how to program.
Futuregames will assess your work sample in the 3 following areas:
For Swedish nationals: This course is eligible for CSN. Please apply on their website at www.csn.se.
As soon as you have received your offer letter from Futuregames, you can apply for CSN. If you need extra documentation from the school, please contact your course manager.
The school reports to CSN regularly to verify that students are continuing their studies, as part of the agreement between CSN and each student.
Careers & Employability
Each educational program has a Board of Education that ensures the quality of the education, and that makes decisions about admission and examination. The board meets twice per semester. One or more students from the class are also selected to be part of the board as representatives for the class.
The board can consist of representatives from the industry, the business community, the school management, the public school system, universities / colleges, industry organizations and students. One of the board’s main tasks is to ensure that the educational program meet the labour market’s needs for qualified workforce.
You will now be transferred to our application Forms. This is where you note your personal details. We will then contact you. Thank you for applying!