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Video Game Design – Week-long
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.
Video Game Design – Week-long
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).
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 how to 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
Students will finish this course understanding the key concepts for both games development and programming. This is a great foundation for syntax-based programming and is the ideal course to do before our Java or Python courses.
What are the course instructors like?
Programme Leaders have a strong background in education coupled with technical expertise in the area they teach. They are supported by Camp Tutors, who are most frequently talented Computer Science …
Programme Leaders have a strong background in education coupled with technical expertise in the area they teach. They are supported by Camp Tutors, who are most frequently talented Computer Science and Engineering students from the UK's leading universities.
All our instructors undergo in-person training from the Fire Tech team in the curriculum of the course they are teaching, in the Fire Tech mission and values, and in our Child Safety Policies. We select our instructors on technical expertise but also for great communication skills and a real passion for their subject.
Put your gaming experience and imagination into action, developing an original game that you can fully play and show to friends and family. This is a remote course for all abilities and ages.
The fundamentals covered in Video Game Design are a great first step into the world of coding. Students are introduced to 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 in part-time and in-person formats.
|How much did you enjoy your course? Score: 4.7/5|
|How would you compare your experience at Fire Tech to school? Score: 4.4/5|
|How likely are you to create with technology for fun, using the skills you learned? Score: 4.1/5|
Source: Post-course feedback, 114 student ratings, Apr 2020 – Feb 2021
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
Typical daily schedule
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Lesson and finish