London's Goldsmiths college has appointed a professor to head a new masters course in computer games.
Mr Latham's company designed the Thing video game
Students will learn cutting-edge games programming and have a chance to create their own game, the university said.
The course is aimed at City programmers looking for a career change as well as computer graduates.
"There is a big skills shortage in the UK for good games programmers," said Prof William Latham. "We're losing out to the US at the moment."
An increasing number of UK universities offer degree courses in games design and development at graduate and post-graduate level.
"The games industry is worth more than Hollywood and television put together," said Mr Latham.
Some of the features of the course including multi-core programming, the technology used in the latest games consoles.
"The course will involve playing games but hopefully games they will have programmed themselves," said Mr Latham.
Mr Latham is the founder of a large UK computer development company which developed hit games such as The Thing.
The course begins in autumn 2007.