Future Game Changers - Games Programmer's Workshop

07 Mar 2020
11:00 to 15:30
07 Mar

SAE Glasgow is excited to welcome gaming aficionados to their campus for a Games Programmer’s Workshop on 7 March. The event will start at 11.00 am, running until 3.30 pm.

If you’re interested in studying our 2-year degree in Games Programming, this taster day is the perfect opportunity for you to get a feel for the course and find out more about the student experience on offer at SAE.

The event will consist of:

11.00 am - Welcome Talk / Introduction (Annexe lecture room)

- Welcome from SAE Glasgow Campus Director Tommy Wylie

11.30 am - Games Taster/ Workshop with Programme Coordinator for Games Programming & Web Development, Karsten Vermeulen*

- Karsten will provide an overview of the Games Programming degree, which he currently teaches at SAE London, as the course will be launching at SAE Glasgow in September due to high levels of demand. Under his expert guidance, you will get a chance to get hands-on and create a sprite-based 2D game using C++ and the same core skill set that will be enhanced over the course of SAE’s 2-year Games Programming degree programme.

*Please note that the taster workshop is only for applicants due to space restrictions.

1.30 pm - 2.00 pm - Refreshments/ lunch

- Following the taster session, lunch will be provided, and there will be an opportunity for your parents/guardians to ask our friendly campus support staff and teaching teams any questions they may have about higher education, student finance or student support.

2.00 pm - Panel event with games industry guests & Q&A

- After lunch, you and your guests will get a chance to hear from talented members of the gaming industry with a panel discussion, with speakers including BAFTA award-winning SAE graduate Omar Khan, Isfand Ali from Blazing Griffin, the YouTuber MarleyThirteen (Gary Marley), Jordan Davidson from CodeClan and lecturer Karsten. The panel event will be concluded with a Q&A.

3.00 pm - 3.30 pm - Finish

Our helpful student ambassadors will be on hand to answer your questions about student life at SAE Glasgow, and will also help facilitate campus tours for anyone wanting to look around.

About the speakers:


Omar Khan - With over 20 years experience in audio and music production, Omar formed No Code with business partner Jon in 2015, a BAFTA award-winning independent games development studio. As the Audio Director behind Stories Untold, a complex psychological horror, and Observation, a narrative Sci-Fi thriller, he specialises in all aspects of sound design and music production. Omar has developed a signature style that combines intricate atmospheric subtleties through to the gut-wrenching crescendos that underpin these titles.

Isfand Ali - As a veteran iOS developer joining the Game Division as a junior programmer for the BAFTA-winning Glasgow-based digital entertainment company, Blazing Griffin, Isfand Ali has played an integral part in the development and launch of the company’s latest game Murder Mystery Machine on Apple Arcade.

Graduating with a Computer Science Degree from Nottingham University in 2013, Isfand kick-started his career in the gaming industry as an automation tester for various gaming companies in Liverpool, including Sony, and went on to become iOS developer at ReRaise Design. Jumping up to Scotland in 2018 to gain a Masters in AI from Edinburgh University, Isfand joined Blazing Griffin in 2019.

Blazing Griffin - founded in 2011 as a game development studio, the company has grown from a team of three to a group of companies spanning game development, film production and end-to-end post-production, with around 40 staff based in Glasgow.

YouTuber Gary Marley - Gary Marley has 523,000+ YouTube followers on his channel MarleyThirteen. He predominantly focuses on gaming comedy including Call of Duty, GTA 5, with a range of game trolling and parody videos.

Jordan Davidson from CodeClan - Jordan Davidson will be changing jobs soon to become a JavaScript developer, after completing a course with CodeClan and then teaching for them for almost two years. He will be discussing his educational route into the programming world.

Karsten Vermeulen - Karsten established his own games studio called Lazy Dog Games before embarking on a teaching career with SAE, where he uses his Homemade games engine to enhance students’ learning journey. He will provide a closing talk, covering the importance of a games programming education and his route to finding employment.

It promises to be a hands-on, action-packed day and is the perfect opportunity for aspiring games developers like yourself to determine whether SAE Glasgow is the right fit for you.

So what are you waiting for? Sign up to be a Future Game Changer with SAE Glasgow’s Games Programmer’s taster day on 7 March.