Game Development Course Lead
£40k - £50k

Games Development Course Lead

Ref: 300| Posted: 11th May 2022

Games Development – Course Leader

This is an exciting opportunity to play a leading role as Game development Course / Department Leader for this academies Birmingham campus.

They are a specialist music and games education provider on a range of FE and HE programmes in Music Performance, Creative Artist, Production, Technical Services, Business and Games Development.

Their creative and dynamic environment blends academic excellence and professionalism alongside leading-edge industry thinking and business innovation.  

Vision & Mission

To incubate potential and talent, supporting the personalised development needs of students to facilitate a structured path from education to employment. 

Provide a safe and supported space where creative talent and imagination can flourish in a caring environment. Barriers to learning are identified through a holistic and person-centred approach to unlock the potential of the individual, enabling personal growth through professional and academic development. Core aim is for students to enjoy lifelong sustainable careers underpinned by applied learning and a specialist, cutting-edge curriculum. 

Therefore, their vision is to not only be the leader in applied, industry-connected, creative arts education but to also be the leader in care and support for mental health and other traditional barriers to learning, thereby driving up the standards expected within higher and further education. 


Job Role:

Working under the games pathway lead, this role will work from the Birmingham campus to drive the growth of its game development FE and HE programmes which are launching in September 2022 and subsequently supporting its staff, students, facilities and equipment in addition to lecturing responsibilities across their existing programmes ensuring the standards and quality are met reflecting existing campuses.

Tutors play a critical role in achieving excellent, measurable, quality results in the education sector for all of their students.



Main Responsibilities 

  • Working with the Programme Lead, Centre Director and other stakeholders to aid the strategic growth of the programme
  • Involvement in the recruitment and assessment of new tutors for the allocated campus
  • Working closely with the pathway lead to ensure programme delivery and its operation runs effectively 
  • Support the staffing for the campus university open days and student auditions across FE and HE
  • Conduct academic and pastoral responsibilities of students within the allocated campus.
  • Support develop internal and external networks for the benefit of the programme
  • Providing reports as required to appropriate stakeholders
  • Support the teaching and assessment objectives through high-quality classroom delivery and innovative assessment 
  • Contribute to assessment briefs, standardisation and marking in line with current academic practice 
  • Develop teaching materials, resources and module content for delivery  
  • Maximise the use of technology (including the VLE)  in teaching and the development of compelling curriculum content, leading and teaching modules as appropriate 
  • Participate in training in line with the professional development frameworks and partners frameworks 
  • Maintain high levels of awareness around safeguarding and when needed follow the safeguarding procedure 
  • Participate in the tutor forum and module team meetings as required 
  • Review own contribution and student module feedback to ensure own continuous development 

Benchmarks for Higher Education: 

  • External Examiner role for another HE institution programme in their field 
  • Published work in academic or professional texts 
  • Course design and delivery 
  • Instructional Design for Continuing Professional Development 
  • Leadership roles and/or membership in Professional Associations in their field eg FRSA, MMF, AIM, PRS, MU, etc 
  • Current combination of Professional and academic experience  
  • MOOCs 
  • Research Fellowships  
  • Industry or Civic Awards 
  • Creative Enterprise development 
  • Creative Industries Researchers and Consultants 



To be considered for this Games Academy Lead role you must meet the following criteria:

Essential Specification: 

  • As a minimum, a related undergraduate qualification 
  • Ability to teach using a range of techniques (e.g. including small and large group work, utilising blended learning techniques) 
  • Some understanding of safeguarding 
  • Excellent IT skills and knowledge 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills 
  • Strong organisational and reporting skills 
  • Ability to work on own initiative, prioritising and managing time effectively 
  • Awareness of the current issues impacting Higher/Further Education and the role that teaching plays

Software Skills

  • Game engines (Unity Engine, Unreal Engine 4)
  • 3D software experience (3DS Max, Maya, Zbrush, Mudbox, Substance 3D) 
  • 2D software experience (Adobe suite) 
  • Version control software experience (GitHub, Plastic SCM)
  • Project management software and collaborative tools experience (Jira, Trello, Confluence)   

Theoretical knowledge

  • Game Design theories
  • Narrative design
  • Project management methodologies and frameworks
  • Visual design theories
  • Game development workflows and pipeline
  • Audience theory 

Desirable Person Specification 

  • PGCE or other postgraduate qualification
  • Experience with VR, AR, MR technologies 
  • Experience in curriculum and assessment design and creation 
  • Safeguarding experience or qualification
  • Relevant developer experience in the games industry   


The successful Game Course Leader will receive:

-Competitive basic salary

To be considered for this vacancy or to find out more information please apply now.

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