Games Programming visit to Crytek in Frankfurt

Key Information

Information

Application Deadline: 23/10/23 at 9:00 am

Opportunity type: Academic-led trips

Faculty: Computing, Engineering and Media

Ref: 10007943

Dates

Departure Date: 05/02/24

Return Date: 08/02/24

Costs

£350: the estimated cost for travel and accommodation (excluding any support). Students will also be required to pay for: UK and in-country transfers, visits, food and drink, visa (if applicable))

Funding

DMU Global Bursary: £150

Booking

Accommodation: Hostel accommodation will be booked by DMU, with students in shared rooms

Travel: Flights will be booked by DMU

Contact

General Enquiries: Global Mobility Office - dmuglobal@dmu.ac.uk

Trip Lead: Phil Grierson - phil.grierson@dmu.ac.uk

How to pay

Payment details: Students will be required to pay £200 as a contribution towards the cost of travel, accommodation and transfers (if included) after being offered a place on the trip. The DMU Global bursary will be deducted directly from the overall cost of the booking.

Carbon Levy

Student contribution: To offset the carbon emissions from the flight for this trip there is a £3 Carbon Levy for this trip which has been added to the total cost. Information about how this Levy will be used can be found here.

Eligibility

First and second year Computer Science, Software Engineering and Games Production students are eligible to participate on this opportunity. There are a maximum of 20 places available, with a minimum of 15 participants required for this opportunity to take place. Students are recommended to check the eligibility criteria before applying.

About

Trip description

Embark on an epic adventure to the dynamic city of Frankfurt, Germany, and unlock the door to the exhilarating realm of game programming! Get ready to level up your skills and dive deep into the heart of the gaming industry with an exclusive opportunity brought to you by the Placements Team in the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Media at De Montfort University.

Imagine stepping foot inside the hallowed halls of Crytek, the powerhouse behind mind-blowing game titles such as Hunt: Showdown and the Crysis trilogy as well as the groundbreaking CryEngine. Picture yourself on an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of their headquarters, where innovation comes to life and dreams become reality. Rub shoulders with industry veterans, soak up their wisdom, and gain unprecedented insights into the cutting-edge workflows and mind-boggling creations that make Crytek a true gaming legend.

But that’s not all! Prepare to have your senses dazzled as you immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of German culture. Discover the city’s hidden treasures, delve into its vibrant arts scene, and stand in awe of architectural marvels that have stood the test of time. Feel the pulse of Frankfurt as you explore its renowned museums, picturesque streets, and immerse yourself in its rich history.

Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to venture into the heart of game development. Gear up, grab your controller, and join us on this epic quest to Frankfurt, Germany. The game is on!

The estimated total cost for flights and accommodation for this trip to Frankfurt is £350. Students will be expected to pay the remaining amount after the £150 DMU Global bursary is deducted from the total.


Learning objectives

Participating in a DMU Global opportunity can help you develop knowledge, skills and competencies that enhance your studies. The objectives of this trip to Frankfurt are:

  • Academic Development: Gain firsthand knowledge of the game programming industry through a visit to Crytek’s headquarters. Witness the practical application of game development concepts, workflows, and technologies, providing a deeper understanding of the subject beyond theoretical classroom learning.
  • Professional Exposure: Engage in networking opportunities with professionals from Crytek, building connections in the industry and gaining insights into the professional world of game programming. Learn about industry trends, best practices, and career pathways, enhancing participants’ employability and professional prospects.
  • Industry Insights: Acquire in-depth knowledge about the day-to-day operations, workflows, and challenges faced by a successful game development studio. Gain insights into the creative and technical processes involved in game programming, enabling participants to apply these learnings to their own projects and future careers.

Before the trip to Frankfurt, students will have orientation sessions providing essential information and preparatory workshops to equip students with foundational knowledge. After the trip, reflection sessions will allow students to share experiences and discuss insights gained (done by the trip lead and deputy lead) and maintaining connections with professionals met during the trip will be encouraged.


Cultural activities

As part of the planned itinerary, there will be a visit to the DialogMuseum. This unique museum offers a “Dialogue in the Dark” experience where you explore various everyday scenarios in complete darkness, relying on your other senses. It’s a fascinating way to understand technology’s impact on the visually impaired.

During their spare time, participants are encouraged to visit St. Bartholomew’s Cathedral and explore the stunning Gothic architecture; spend time in the historic square and heart of Frankfurt, Römerberg; and sample local delicacies at the vibrant indoor market Kleinmarkthalle.

Visa Information

Due to various external factors and an unprecedented demand for international travel, there are significant delays in visa processing, as well as very limited availability of application appointment slots for some countries and embassies.

We recommend that you take all appropriate steps to secure a visa as soon as practically possible, and to notify DMU Global if you face any issues. It is your responsibility to meet the entry requirements of the country you are travelling to. Failing to do so may mean that you’re liable for the costs incurred to the university (including repayment of the DMU Global bursary).