Technical Designers act as an important bridge connecting design and programming in game development.
They act as a mediator between these two principles and solve any technical issues within the software, tools and systems. Their role is to anticipate, identify and remove any obstacles to allow the design team to focus on their work.
To take on this role, you will need to be an innovative problem solver, know how to prototype and have excellent communication skills to allow you to collaborate with others. Understanding of game design and experience in programming is essential.
- Being Organised
- Designing things
- Helping People
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Most people working as a Technical Designer have a degree in physics, engineering, games or computer science. Above all, you should be someone who loves technology, coding and working collaboratively.
As a professional, you’ll act as the interface between designers and programmers. You’ll provide technical support to the design team, assisting with workflow, software and tools. The most popular game creation engines use the coding languages, C++ (Unreal) or C# (Unity), but languages like Java and HTML5, are also used depending on the game type. Check out our guide to programming languages for more information.
Working in the games industry is highly competitive and you’ll need to make sure your CV stands out to employers and course leaders.
Technical Designer is a specialist role and many begin their career in junior programmer positions, developing the wide skill set needed for this position. Your CV should show a passion for games and outline a range of coding skills and achievements. For more general ideas on developing your CV, see our top tips page.
Whatever role you are working in, it is essential that you understand the game making process. You can head to our build a game section for first steps; join a regular game jam to build up your skills & network; or start modding others games to gain experience.
Where are you in your games journey?
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- A-Level or Level 3 options: BTEC Diploma in Computing, BTEC Diploma in Computing for Creative Industries, BTEC Extended Diploma in Creative Digital Media Production, Computer Science, Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Art and Design
- Start building a game portfolio here.
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- See links to training or mentorships here