Short course


Video Games represent a £134 billion dollar industry. You could be a part of it. In our ‘Business of Games’ week long workshop, our expert tutors will help you establish your games business for success. We will guide you through the core disciplines of design, production, business, user experience and law, for a well-rounded perspective on approaching the industry with confidence and insight. By the end of this course, you’ll be strongly positioned for doing business in the games industry.

This course is developed by Alan Thorn who is an expert on leading technical teams for games development. He previously worked at Microsoft, Teesside University, Packt Publishing and Disney. Alan specializes in helping 'tech heads' thrive and flourish in their chosen fields. With 18-years game industry experience, Alan has written 28 books, presented 30 online courses and created 33 games including the award-winning adventure, Baron Wittard: Nemesis of Ragnarok. Alan is dedicated to helping creative people make high-impact experiences. He was Studio Director at Wax Lyrical Games, a Senior Author at Linkedin Learning, and now he currently leads the NFTS MA programme for Games Design and Development.

There will be a range of industry experts delivering the course which covers: 

  • Games Design
  • Games Production
  • Games Business
  • Games User Experience
  • Games Law

The course is suitable for students, graduates, entreprenuers, games designers seeking to start their own business and those starting out in games as well as people with a general interest in the business of games.

Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Freelance Rate: £820
Corporate Rate: £1200

Bursaries, supported by the Scottish Government, are also available for those who are eligible.


If you wish to apply for a bursary to contribute to the costs of your course, please read the bursary guidelines below carefully to confirm your eligibility. Please do not apply to a course unless you are sure you meet the bursary eligibility criteria or are able to pay for the course. 

Once you have submitted your course application, your bursary application should be submitted to

NFTS Scotland Bursary Guidelines

NFTS Scotland Bursary Application Form

If you are not eligible for an NFTS Scotland bursary, please also read our Alternative Funding Avenues document which points you in the direction of a few other places which may be able to help.

How to apply

Application deadline: Register your interest

This course is not currently open for applications. Please register your interest to be advised of dates as they become available.