Multimedia programmers

Multimedia programmers are responsible for designing and creating multimedia computer products that combine text with sounds, pictures, graphics, video clips, virtual reality, digital animation and other forms of media. A multimedia programmer creates products to be used online and on a variety of other platforms, including DVDs, mobile phones and computer games.

There are routes into this career for both school leavers and graduates. It is occasionally possible to enter the profession with a degree in any subject. Many employers prefer graduates with technical or creative qualifications. Relevant subjects include multimedia technology, web design, graphic design, 3D design, game design, animation, fine art, software engineering, IT and computer science. A postgraduate multimedia course can also be helpful, especially for graduates without relevant degrees. It’s possible to enter this career without a degree; however, this is more difficult and you may have to work your way up from a more junior position. Exact requirements vary from employer to employer, but candidates should have a good portfolio of web pages and other digital designs to demonstrate their technical and creative abilities.

Knowledge skills:
Essential skills:
• Imagination and creativity
• Attention to detail
• Good analytical and technical skills
• Teamworking skills
• The ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines

Recommended additional skills:
• Enthusiasm
• Patience
• Communication skills

Practical knowledge:
• creating multimedia product designs using specialist software
• meeting and liaising with clients and managers to discuss requirements or project progress
• writing code to programme functions, graphics, sounds and digital animation
• testing applications and fixing any problems that arise
• producing, demonstrating and receiving feedback about products
• keeping up to date with technological and software developments
• developing skills and expertise in appropriate software and programming languages
• producing products that are user-friendly, effective and appealing
• working as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

Languages (grades/level): English Level C1 QCER