The Successful Game Studio for 2020

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The odds are that you are a gamer! With 2.2 billion gamers (a third of the world’s population) across the globe generating revenue of over a $100 billion[1], you may transform your passion into a financially and emotively rewarding career. The games industry is definitely where you want to be in a few years time!

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What makes a Successful Game Studio

Earlier this year, expert blogger Michail Katkoff wrote an article for Gamasutra entitled “7 Characteristics of a Successful Game Studio”[2] which are compact teams, regular playables, building comparable games, playtesting, empowering teams to make decisions, showing respect towards the players, and having the confidence to sell the game.

Having skills in more than one area of game development is a core requirement of a compact team, with members overlapping each other in skills but being an expert in one or two of the areas. This expertise would provide each team member with the power to take the decisions relevant to their area. Such decisions would be taken for the benefit of the game, and the game can only be a hit with its audience if their expectations are met. These expectations can be gauged through analysing existing games, building playable prototypes and getting feedback from playtests. Above all, such a member is expected to have experience working in a team and be able to collaborate towards a solution that benefits the game.

A mobile game developed by a student team during a 24 hour Games Jam at SMI

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Elite membership of a Successful Game Studio

The Diploma and Degree in Game Design and Development being offered by Saint Martin’s Institute of Higher Education in Malta address the above mentioned aspects that are expected from a team member in a successful game studio by addressing both the design and development aspects of game making. The design aspect of the course covers the audio, visual, story, interface, and game design elements with practical assessments that allow the student to analyse existing and create their own coherent designs for potential games.

Gameplay Logic Diagram

The development aspect of the course covers programming skills from beginner to software engineering and algorithmic performance analysis towards the development of game engines, artificial intelligence for non-player characters, and graphical effects. All aspects of the course emphasise the perceptual and experiential aspect of the player by taking a player-centric approach in designing, implementing and optimising the developed game. Emphasis is on analysing game mechanics in existing games, prototyping new designs, playtesting them, and reporting on the player experience.

A successful graduate of SMI’s Game Design and Development programme is expected to have a strong foundation in both disciplines with a focused knowledge in a specific topic where they would like to profess in. Throughout the programme, individual and team-based game development challenges and tasks provide the training grounds for game design and development skills in both solo and team-based scenarios.


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Join a Successful Game Studio

Mobile gaming is expected to continue growing, taking over half the market by 2020, and the expertise in mobile development residing with the academics at Saint Martin’s will assist in preparing our students for this lucrative future. Moreover, as Virtual Reality and Mixed Reality continue gaining ground, St Martin’s foray in the area with academics working in VR Narratives, Transmedia Storytelling and World Building will surely prepare our graduates for being part of the game studio that’s on top of the wave.

Saint Martin’s Institute has worked with Oculus Rift since this was introduced as a prototype on the market

Job Shadowing & Internship

Saint Martin’s Institute of Higher Education full time students are invited for job shadowing posts and internships when they are reading for these qualifications. Thus, students will be able to link their studies to the place of work. If you wish to know more about this, please click here.

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Saint Martin’s Institute of Higher Education offers students the opportunity to join this exciting Games Development Industry.

Students aged 16 and over may wish to join the MQF level 5 Diploma in Games Design and Development read over one academic year as a full time student. Students benefit from maintenance grants and stipends. The entry requirements are of a minimum of 4 ordinary levels, including mathematics and English.

Students aged 17 and over are able to read for a three year MQF level 6 BSc (Hons) in Computing with Games Design and Development over three academic years. Students benefit from maintenance grants and stipends. The entry requirements are of a minimum of 4 ordinary levels including mathematics and English, two advanced levels and an intermediate. Students who possess the MQF level 5 Diploma may automatically progress to this BSc (Hons) degree and are exempted from the first year, and complete the degree over a remaining two academic years.

Alternatively students may wish to read for the University of London BSc (Hons) in Creative Computing under the academic direction of Goldsmiths College.

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Studying in the Evening

Students who are already employed, and wish to keep their job whilst reading for the Diploma or Degree may do so by studying in the evening. Classes are held between 6 and 8 pm on weekdays, and the monthly payment will be of an average of €55 spread over 72 payments (tax rebates included).

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Tuition Fees

Don’t let money matters stop you from pursuing your career

The net tuition fees for full time students may be paid through the SMIFlexiPay scheme at €100 per month for 60 months.

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Don’t delay in starting off your career in Games Design and Development and receive Stipends and Maintenance Grants. Through the GetQualified scheme, students or their parents may receive up to €3,500 in tax rebate for the MQF level 5 Diploma, AND €12,500 in tax rebate for the MQF level 6 Degree.

Applying as a full time student by July 31st 2018, you may qualify for a €3,000 scholarship grant towards your studies.

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