What is Canalside Studios?

Award Winning
Development Studio

Independent Student
Game Studio

Part of the University of Huddersfield


Canalside Studios is an award-winning development studio* within the School of Computing and Engineering at the University of Huddersfield. It is supported by a team made up of postgraduate and undergraduate students and overseen by academic staff who specialise in the areas of Computer Games Design and Computer Science with Games Programming.

Established in 2006, the Studio was one of the first of its kind in the UK.
The hard work, skill and dedication of the staff in the studio enables them to build strong relationships with local and national games development communities.

Alumni of Canalside Studios have gone on to work with some of the most famous and respected names in game development, including Rockstar, Rebellion Studios and Team 17.

* Information on this web page is currently under review.

History of Canalside Studios

Canalside Studios was founded by the University of Huddersfield in 2006 and takes its name from the building where the studio is based,
however the building is now named the Spärck Jones building.

The studio enjoyed massive early success when, in 2007, students were awarded second place in Microsoft's Inaugural Dream Build Play with their game, "Yo-Ho Kablammo". Seeing off competition from over 3,600 entrants, the Team took home a game development contract with Microsoft. Once "Yo-Ho Kablammo" was completed, it was released on Microsoft's Xbox LIVE Arcade marketplace to give gamers a first taste of the Canalside Studios potential.

Barely a year later, a member of the studio recieved the prestigious Imagine Cup award in Games Design at Microsoft UK for their game , "Drizzle"; this unique environmental game is available on PC and Xbox 360. The studio has built on its success and has gone on to win multiple competitions including prizes at Microsoft's X48 event and most recently in the Game Republic Showcase competition. The Studio has also worked in partnership with the Royal Armouries in Leeds to create educational games for use at the museum.

The studio has released titles on both iPhone and Android and has previously worked with the West Yorkshire Fire Service on a driving simulator.

What's it like working in Canalside Studios?

View students talking about their time at the University and sharing their experience of Canalside Studios.

Dayna Davison (bottom left) is studying Computer Games Design BA(Hons). Watch her film to hear her talk about her course, why she choose Huddersfield and how she enjoys the combination of art and technical work on the course. Dayna also talks about her experiences on our Enterprise Placement Year.

Joshua Flitcroft (bottom right) shares his experience as a 4th year student studying Computer Games Programming and a former programmer of the Canalside Studios team.

Studying at the University of Huddersfield

Canalside Studios staff are made up of students studying Computer Games Design and Computer Science with Games programming. These students are in their ‘sandwich’ year and are undertaking a year-long paid placement.

To view the latest work and see the most recent news visit https://hudunigames.wordpress.com/

Full time courses

Computer Games Design BA(Hons) 2020/21 entry
Click the links above to find out more about our Computer Games Design courses.

Computer Science with Games Programming BSc(Hons) 2020/21 entry
Click the link above to find out more about our Computer Science with Games Programming course.

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