Interactive Study Placement Scheme Candidate Information Pack

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Northern Ireland Screen is the national screen agency for Northern Ireland. We are committed to maximising the economic, cultural and educational value of the screen industries for the benefit of Northern Ireland. This goal is pursued through our mission to accelerate the development of a dynamic and sustainable screen industry and culture in Northern Ireland.
Northern Ireland Screen is partnering with a range of studios working in Northern Ireland’s interactive sector (Video Games and Immersive) to offer Interactive Work Placements to applicants who have recently completed an interactive related course.
The Interactive Work Placements are for 12 months, full time and paid (Real Living Wage), with the opportunity to work on some of the most exciting projects in Northern Ireland.
The Interactive Work Placements are open to applicants who have completed their FE/HE course within the last two years. There are nine placement opportunities available with a number of local Interactive and Gaming companies. Applicants can apply for multiple placements if they meet the essential criteria.
Essential Criteria 1. Applicants must have completed their FE/HE course within the last two years (graduated/finished their course as of 01/06/2020) 2. Applicants must be resident within Northern Ireland for the duration of the 12-month placement. 3. Applicants must demonstrate they have studied a course which is relevant to the Interactive Sector (Video Games and Immersive) for example: 2D Art/Animation, 3D Modelling/Animation, Game Design, Computer Science, VFX, UX/UI Design. * Please only apply if you meet all the essential criteria. If you don’t meet the essential criteria, your application will be deemed ineligible *
* Please include a link to your portfolio in your application*

Please see below for further clarification on each individual placement: 1. Bellular – Quality Assurance 2. Buck Eejit – Programmer 3. Go Testify – UX Researcher 4. Imaginati – Programmer 5. INCISIV – Unity Programmer 6. Retinize – 3D Generalist 7. RocketFlair – Programmer 8. Sentireal – 3D Generalist 9. Whitepot Studios – Unity Developer


Bellular Studios is the game studio connected to the Bellular YouTube channels. They are currently developing 2D branching narrative isometric RPGs, including their latest project, The Pale Beyond, which is being published by Fellow Travellers. Bellular Studios is seeking a Quality Assurance Coordinator.

Post Salary Scale
Start Date

Quality Assurance Real Living Wage To be confirmed

Job Description:
The role will include the opportunity to learn how to implement some fixes to bugs inengine themselves. Further opportunities will be provided for in-house training in specific disciplines under department heads.

Responsibilities include:
 Liaising with the Game Director and department leads on bug fixes and live builds of our current projects.
 Sifting through playtest footage, identifying and logging bugs to the relevant departments.
 Playing builds of the game and logging bugs of their own in an organised database.
Bellular Studios operates a hybrid in studio and working from home approach, and is open to accommodating the needs of each individual.
Essential Criteria:
 Good attention to detail  Comfortable working within a team environment  Good written/verbal communication  Interest in video game development
Desirable Criteria:
 Experience of using Unity Game Engine (or similar)
*Candidates from all backgrounds, and all levels of previous experience, are encouraged to apply.*


Buck Eejit Games are a brand new game development studio based in Belfast. We may be a brand new start-up but are looking to expand quickly to bring a host of top talent together to create fun and innovative games! We have a number of projects in the pipeline and a process to identify the next cool and innovative projects to work on. We offer a flexible hybrid working environment. We are in the process of securing the lease on a great office space in the heart of Belfast. The industry won’t go back to 5 days a week in an office and we are absolutely an advocate for that, we intend to work around your needs to ensure your work/life balance is at the forefront.



Salary Scale Start Date

Real Living Wage To be confirmed

Job Description:
This role will be assisting the development teams working on a number of projects. Working as part of a team, and reporting to the Lead Programmer, responsibilities include programming game systems, solving technical problems, and debugging. The ideal candidates are passionate about programming and games, work well as part of a team, and looking to join an exciting and growing studio. There is also the opportunity to produce work to inspire and use in future projects. The successful candidate will be expected to work on:
 Prototyping and developing games following game design documents while actively participating in the final QA and release processes, primarily using Unity game engine.
 Developing a range of game systems, which may include character controller, AI, procedural creation, and UI systems.
 Maintaining and updating existing code base.  Developing tools to assist with the development workflow.  Contribute to technical documentation.

Essential Criteria:
 Passionate about programming and games  Comfortable working within a team environment  Good attention to detail

Desirable Criteria:
 Experience of using Unity Game Engine (or similar)  Experience of coding in C#



Go Testify is a fast-growing User Research Platform, working with the biggest game studios in the world, which aids our customers to gain valuable insights at pace and help them to improve their games and increase their revenues.
Our Company Culture focuses wholly on collaboration, autonomy, innovation and compassion. Working at Go Testify, we will help you to unlock your ambition, turn your ideas into world-changing realities, and you can join an organisation where every voice makes a difference, and every difference creates a step towards better decisions.


UX Researcher

Salary Scale Start Date

Real Living Wage To be confirmed

Job Description:
We are seeking someone passionate about games to assist the UX team in delivering insights/reports for Customers and our Product Team.
 Analysis of Player feedback to assist report writing and drawing of conclusions
 Summarise survey or interview feedback into themes  Prepare progress reports for internal teams & customers  Review and edit data to ensure completeness and accuracy of information  Assist user researchers & product teams with gathering insight from
customers  Assist in the testing of internal products/platform UX updates  Summarise project results for key stakeholders  Attend project meetings  Conduct literature reviews  Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned


Essential Criteria:
 Communication and presentation skills, as well as comfortable with conducting interviews.
 Strong attention to detail with critical thinking skills  Good knowledge of statistical and graphical analysis of data, as well as strong
data collection skills  Ability to maintain quality, safety and/or infection control standards  Planning and scheduling


The Company:

Based in the centre of Belfast, the Imaginati are working on an original multiplayer action games for PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox, using the Unreal 5 engine.

We’re looking for passionate programmers and artists who want to make groundbreaking games that can appeal to millions of gamers.

Our culture is relaxed and informal where everyone’s opinion is valued, and you will be given a high degree of autonomy over your work. As part of a small team you will be expected to make a big contribution to the final game.

We believe initiative, talent and passion are as important as education and experience. In other words, your portfolio is as important as your qualifications.



Salary Scale Start Date

Real Living Wage To be confirmed

Role Description:
 We are keen to offer a talented programmer a work placement in our Belfast studio. This role would be appropriate for a computer science/ programming student with an interest in PC/console video game development. Individuals with experience using the Unreal game engine (or similar) and experience coding in C++ would be a plus but not a requirement.
 The successful applicant will contribute to the development of our upcoming game and will be expected to integrate into our established team. We’re looking for a motivated problem solver with an understanding of the game development process.
 Maintain excellent service standards, going above and beyond to ensure customer satisfaction and retention
 Seamlessly solve customer and player pain points and issues, seeing each interaction
 Provide technical support to our Players when dealing with inbound queries during live projects.


Essential Criteria:
 Knowledge of C++  Demonstrable experience in computer science/programming background
Graduate degree 2.1 or higher (or an amazing playable demo built by you from scratch.)
Desirable Criteria:
Experience of one of the following:  Unreal Engine 4.0 or above  AWS services database design.

INCISIV is a neurotechnology company passionate about making a difference. We are an enthusiastic and talented team dedicated to getting award-winning research out of the lab and making a real difference to people’s lives. By combining virtual reality with behavioural analytics, we develop VR games that are used by elite sports clubs but that are also available on the AppLab (CleanSheet).


Unity Programmer

Salary Scale Start Date

Real Living Wage To be confirmed.

Role Description:
 Develop new immersive VR environments and/or help support existing VR products (Quest/HTC Vive)
 Be innovative and can master new techniques and acquire knowledge to quickly solve technical problems that may arise during development.
 Proficient in multi-tasking and working across multiple projects  Contribute to planning and management of daily tasks
Essential Criteria:
 Demonstrable experience working as a Unity Developer and coding in C#  Comfortable working within a team environment  Willing to undertake challenging tasks  Enthusiastic in programming robust and extensible code
Desirable Criteria
 Good attention to detail with UI/UX development experience  Good mathematical and/or physics skills  Experience with version control




RETìníZE is one of the world’s leading immersive-tech studios, working across AR, VR, multi-screen installations and software development.

For the past few years we’ve been in stealth mode, developing Animotive - an innovative VR SaaS product set to disrupt the 3D animation production pipeline, making it completely intuitive. Animotive allows anyone to be an animator.

We built our global reputation creating immersive experiences for major brands, such as the BBC, National Geographic, BMW, Land Rover, Seagate and WHO, collecting several international awards along the way. Our roots and reputations lie in high-end global film & television. At heart, we’re experienced creatives with an intimate knowledge of the techniques required to harness immersive-tech to liberate the creative process.


3D Generalist

Salary Scale

Real Living Wage

Start Date

To be confirmed

Job Description:
In your role as 3D Generalist, you will be fully hands-on with this exciting R&D proposition. Your time will be spent mainly creating high quality 3D assets.

Responsibilities:  Collaborate with the Art Department to plan, visualise and deliver 3D assets.  Provide efficient modelling and converting of data sets from 3D modelling packages.  Work on architectural 3D Modelling, Unwrapping, Texturing, Lighting, Camera Animation, Rendering on Visuals and Walk-through projects.  Undertake 2D image compositing, finishing and retouching operations on 3D renderings.  Good knowledge and brilliant eye for details in Post-Production to enhance visuals using Blender, Maya and other plug-in special effects software.  Stay updated with the latest software used in the visualisation field.  Explore new technologies to improve the quality of visualisations and increase efficiency.


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Interactive Study Placement Scheme Candidate Information Pack