BUV offering courses for video game designers

January 19, 2024 | 09:56
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Vietnam's gaming industry is worth more than $500 million, placing it fifth in Southeast Asia, and is attracting more and more graduates aspiring to develop their careers in gaming due to its impressive growth.

The government is now actively investing in and prioritising the gaming sector, which is deemed one of the eight fields for breakthrough development. More than half of the Vietnamese population engages in entertainment through gaming products.

It's clear that the gaming industry will demand a huge number of highly educated professionals in the future. However, the workforce in Vietnam’s gaming industry currently comes from fields such as IT and graphic design.

The number of domestic educational institutions offering comprehensive programmes in game design and development is still relatively limited.

BUV offering courses for video game designers
Modern facilities enable BUV to train students in Computer Games Design and Programming as well as Bachelor of Games Art

British University Vietnam (BUV) is one of the few higher education institutions in Vietnam that offers Bachelor’s programmes in Computer Games Design and Programming and in Games Art, both of which are awarded by Staffordshire University, with curriculum and teaching quality as equivalent to those in the UK.

The BA (Hons) Games Art is also one of the six new programmes offered by BUV for the academic year 2024-2025, providing a reputable and world-class studying option for students in Vietnam.

Staffordshire University (SU) is ranked seventh in the world for Games Design and Development training, boasts the largest Games Department in the UK, and is one of the top ten universities in for employment prospects in the country.

The long-standing collaboration between BUV and SU provides Vietnamese students with one of the world's top game design training programmes and opportunities for development in the gaming industry.

The long-standing collaboration between BUV and SU provides Vietnamese students with one of the world's top game design training programmes and opportunities for development in the gaming industry.

While the BA (Hons) Games Art course focuses on producing and building quality and visually pleasing graphics that meet the needs of the gaming industry, the B.Sc. (Hons) Computer Games Design and Programming provides learners with an in-depth understanding of professional game development tools to create prototypes, gaming experiences, essential skills, and career development opportunities.

Strengths in the training methods of both courses lie in practical experiences and projects - the best way to grasp the process of game development in its entirety.

Students will have the opportunity to build innovative game projects through assignments and assessments, and engage in game development projects that are evaluated and guided by lecturers and industry specialists.

BUV also offers a modern and practical learning environment, similar to that of a real-world game studio, such as Computer Lab; Computer Games Design and Programming room with high-configured computers and 27-inch monitors that can be adjusted for various usage needs; Motion Capture Studio outfitted with a 'Chroma Key' green screen system, and specialised filming equipment, as well as VR glasses to assist students with the creation and design of games.

Opportunity to study Games Art from the 7th ranked university in the world for game design and development (PR)
A contestant participating in 'Game Jam', organised by BUV

With the aim of nurturing highly employable graduates with innovative and breakthrough thinking, BUV constantly seeks more opportunities to give students practical experience through interesting workshops and competitions.

A notable example is 'Game Jam' – a 44-hour game creation challenge, allowing students to unleash their creativity and enhance their critical thinking and teamwork skills.

The final products are directly consulted and evaluated by experts from prestigious global game corporations and studios.

“Considering the industry’s prospects and current human resource needs in Vietnam and around the world, as well as the government support, expanding BUV's academic offerings is the right move and a proactive step towards the future,” a BUV representative said.

“This collaboration with Staffordshire University is also a significant milestone for BUV in contributing to the development of a quality international education system, producing proactive, confident young generations ready to face challenges,” the representative added.

Furthermore, with a commitment to contributing to educating the workforce for the Vietnamese gaming industry that aligns with the Vietnamese government’s objectives, BUV has exchanged a MoU on cooperation with the National Innovation Centre.

BUV also announced the establishment of the BUV GamePad – the Innovation, Investment, and Entrepreneurship Centre for Computer Games Programming, Art, and Design. The initiative is designed to be a launching pad for new talent, recruiting and developing the industry leaders of the future.

For more detailed information about game-related bachelor's programmes, please visit:

Bachelor of Games Art Programme:

Bachelor of Computer Games Design and Programming:

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