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Video Game Design – After School

Game design for computational thinking

Turn your enthusiasm for gaming into real-world tech skills! This course will provide you with the tools to create your own video games to play on the web or your smartphone. 

Ages:

9-12

Equipment:

Laptop, required

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For online courses: these require you to have a capable computer to work on and a broadband internet connection. Most PC/Mac computers from the last 5 years will be fine but you can view our recommended detailed system requirements here. For on campus courses: laptops are provided for all junior courses, as well as Music, Unity, Creative Design & YouTube senior courses. Laptop rental is available for all other senior courses (£50 extra).

Video Game Design – After School

For online courses: these require you to have a capable computer to work on and a broadband internet connection. Most PC/Mac computers from the last 5 years will be fine but you can view our recommended detailed system requirements here. For on campus courses: laptops are provided for all junior courses, as well as Music, Unity, Creative Design & YouTube senior courses. Laptop rental is available for all other senior courses (£50 extra).

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Course highlights

MAKE your own games!

MAKE your own games!

As one of our students said, why buy when you can make! Harness your child's enthusiasm for games to get them building original projects using the foundations of computer science.

Learn through play

Learn through play

Learn how add your own characters, backgrounds, sound effects and more to your own custom game and then programme it all so you can jump, shoot and fly your way to victory.

Get started in coding

Get started in coding

Students will finish this course understanding the key concepts for both game development and programming. This is a great foundation for syntax-based programming and an ideal course to do before our Java or Python courses.

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Course Overview

Put your gaming experience and imagination into action, developing an original game that you can fully play and show to family and friends. This is a remote course for all abilities.

The fundamentals covered in Video Game Design are a great first step into the world of coding. Students are introduced to object-oriented programming, and a behaviour-based logic system – applying behaviours and attributions, testing, debugging and fine-tuning products – that comprises a core component of computer science and is familiar to any programmer. This is a rich course and one of our most popular, and many kids take it more than once to take their skills even further.  

We use Construct 3 ® to develop games that you can play on any platform. It is a free platform, which means once you have an account, you can keep developing games after your course has finished! Construct 3 ® makes it easy to get started, work with an impressive library of behaviours and attributes, and produce some great-looking final products. 

This is a remote learning course. Led by an onscreen expert, who is fully DBS-checked, you will join a small group of other young learners online, working together and making lots of progress in fun and interactive sessions. All sessions are monitored and recorded for safety.

This course is also available as a week-long programme.

EDUCATORS: Request an after school club for your students.

What your child will learn

  • Telling A Story: storyboarding and structuring your game
  • Platform Basics: using the Construct 3 environment
  • Graphics:  graphic design and animation basics for your characters
  • Control: applying behaviours and attributes to characters
  • Testing: testing, de-bugging, perfecting your program
  • That's a Wrap! Keep and share your game, access anywhere
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"All the staff were amazing and really helpful. This course really boosted my confidence with computers and video game design. It was really fun and I made a lot of friends I'll be sorry to say goodbye to. Writing the coding was even more fun than playing the games."

Christina, Age 10