Video games have come a long way since they were introduced to mainstream society in the 1970s. With the ongoing evolution of technology, the future is even brighter for game developers and the demand for graduates with a degree in games technology.
What is games technology?
Games technology combines software development skills with advanced tools and techniques to build modern games and simulations. It brings together various technologies ranging from machine learning and artificial intelligence to virtual reality and augmented reality.
The role of artificial intelligence is impacting our future and the workplace. Games technology has a strong focus on artificial intelligence, meaning graduates will have the opportunity to future-proof their career in a rapidly evolving workforce.
Games technology complements a course in computer science, which helps build strong practical software engineering skills while enabling the construction of complex software systems used in modern simulations and games.
The future of games technology
With the ongoing evolution of technology and application of technology to areas outside games, games graduates are equipped not just to develop video games but to work with interactive simulations and visualisations.
Lecturer in Information Technology, Shri Rai says there is a massive demand for graduates with a degree in games technology but a limited supply of graduates to meet industry needs.
“I was teaching in the final unit of games technology and the number of industry visitors at our last lecture outnumbered students.
“This interest by industry appears to have become even more extreme compared to previous years, where industry visitors would account for more than half the class but never outnumber the class.”
Skills a game technology degree will equip you with
The games technology degree at Murdoch will equip you with the analytical, research, design and technology skills needed to succeed in the IT industry and give you a thorough understanding of software design and programming.
You’ll gain hands-on experience in designing and building games, game engines and their components, interactive 3D virtual environments, simulation engines and simulations. These skills will enable a wide range of career opportunities such as a Software Engineer, Games Designer, AI Programmer and Games Producer.
The strong practical software engineering skills you’ll develop will be useful in a number of industry sectors, including games; resources and mining; banking and financials; health; simulations including vehicle simulations; software consultancies; aerospace, defence and security.