Lecturer in Game Development

Hours of work: 37 hours per week

Location: Wakefield City Campus

The Opportunity

We have an amazing opportunity in our Games Development Team to teach our highly creative students.  As well as qualified teachers, this role would suit a graduate of Games Development, Games Art, or Games Design, or someone who is working in industry and perhaps looking to give back and change direction – we would give you all the support and professional development to enable you to excel.

The Team and our Students

We are unique in our approach to Games Development.  Our programmes are project driven and our students don’t just play games, they make games and realise full rather than partial products.  They explore all specialisms rather than a specific one. 

Our students are highly creative and keen to learn.  They come from different starting points and have different aspirations.  They are highly motivated and challenge us every day, which keeps us on our toes!

Operating in a pseudo work-based environment with superb facilities, our Team is run like a games development company – with programmers, artists, designers and producers, with a huge amount of industry knowledge.  Our staff are passionate about what they do and highly supportive of each other. 

The Role

As a Lecturer in Games Development with us, you will teach across a range of provision and have ownership of your own programme, but lots of support. You’ll work with our Curriculum Managers to further develop our Games Development courses. Our Games provision has recently relocated to our exciting, open plan studio, offering a professional design environment for both our students and staff.

Although you will primarily focus on the coordination and teaching of your programme, you’ll also have a secondary focus on fostering external links with employers and the Games industry to make sure that what we do is absolutely current and cutting edge. We have a commitment to bringing an exciting and innovative curriculum into our studio.

Your role will be vital in delivering the training and assessment of vocational skills, ensuring that our students enjoy an exceptional learning experience, with employability and professional practice at its core.  It’s a fantastic opportunity with a brilliant team and, if you’re interested, we want to hear from you.

About You

You might be a graduate or currently working in the games industry.  Or, you may already have recent teaching experience.  Either way, if you want to bring your expertise into our classrooms, we want to hear from you.

You will hold a degree in Games / Media Design, as well as GCSE A* - C / 9 - 4 in Maths and English or equivalent.

We are also looking for the following:

  • Confidence working with industry standard software including project management software, Blender, Unity, and the Adobe Creative Cloud Suite.
  • An understanding of the different specialisms used within Game Development and how they are utilised collaboratively to produce product.
  • A creative or technical portfolio of work demonstrating practical experience in generating Games and/or Interactive Media related content.
  • An understanding of the current and historic developments within the Games industry is beneficial, along with knowledge of roles and careers in the creative sector.
  • Knowledge of 2D and 3D art practices and processes.
  • Knowledge and practice of using game development workflows individually or as a team.
  • A working knowledge of C# programming (or willingness to upskill in this area) would be a distinct advantage.

If you are interested in joining us, contact rcharlish@heartofyorkshire.ac.uk for an initial conversation. 

Values

Here at the Heart of Yorkshire Education Group, our Values are at the heart of everything we do. Watch our Principal and CEO, Sam Wright, and Group Chair of Governors, Andrew McConnell, explain how we carry out our values every day – Click to watch

Not yet qualified but interested in getting into teaching?

If you have not previously worked within the Education sector but have considered a career move, you may be suitable for the Department of Education - Taking Teaching Further initiative, which employs industry specialists direct into Further Education. You will receive an enhanced support package whilst you gain a Teaching Qualification. This opportunity can be discussed at the interview stage.

For further details, please refer to the job description and person specification.

See what we have to offer and come and join us…You won’t be disappointed

Benefits include:

-Generous Annual Leave

-Personal and Professional Development opportunities

-Good Pension Scheme

-Reduced price personal gym membership

-Staff Recognition Awards

Find out more here.

Closing date: 7th April 2024

Interview date: TBC

Direct applicants only, no agency CV’s or referrals.

The Heart of Yorkshire Education Group is committed to safeguarding the welfare of all students and this post will be subject to Enhanced Disclosure from the DBS. 

We aim to develop a workforce that reflects the diverse community we serve and positively encourage applications from all.