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December
Online - Remote Learning
Mon Dec 13th - Fri Dec 17th 10:00am-3:00pm 5 Days
£395Details

Career Experience in Video Game Design – Week Long

Virtual Career Experience in Video Game Design

NEW! If you’ve ever considered working in the video game industry, this is the programme for you. Learn more about the industry and discover what it would be like to work for a virtual indie video game design studio, directly online with your own human “boss”.

Ages:

15-17

Equipment:

Laptop, required

Currently available in:
  • Online
Pricing details
Price:  

£395

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).

Career Experience in 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).

from £395

Course highlights

Real live human boss

Real live human boss

Your new boss will mentor you through the programme, ensuring you have a great experience and reach your personal goals

Portfolio projects

Portfolio projects

Our indie game projects give you a chance to start a game design portfolio, showing that you understand the process of game design and can apply those skills in a team environment

Work in different fields

Work in different fields

Discover the range of disciplines that lie behind the process of making an incredible videogame, from coding, to design, to art, to data science and more

Featured FAQ

My child has only worked on Apple Mac and iPads and not on Windows based PCs. Is this an issue?

The Adobe software used on this course is the same on Apple Mac and Windows PC so there shouldn't be any issue. We deliver this course on PC or Mac depending on availability of hardware. The projects …

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Course Overview

If you’ve ever considered working in the video game industry, this is the programme for you. Discover what it might be like, exploring aspects of the industry, different job types and realistic video game projects with your own human coach. Finish with a complete skills report and a career experience reference.

The gap between what young people need to be able to deliver in the world of work, and what they are taught at school is growing wider, especially around digital skills. At the same time it is becoming more difficult for companies – and in particular tech companies which are increasingly the engine of our economy – to show young people what it would be like to work for them.

On this unique video game career experience course, you can change that.

You will discover lots of fascinating facts about the industry and discover what it could be like to work for a virtual indie video game design studio. You will learn about prototyping games, adapting to feedback and pitching your ideas. This is your opportunity to be part of a Video Game Design Team and work alongside live teammates to build a video game you can put on your portfolio. You’ll have a wealth of industry knowledge too.

Here’s how our Virtual Career Experience works…

 

1. Friendly introduction

  • Learn about the video game industry
  • Learn how Career Experience works
  • Meet your real live human coach online

2. Real tech projects

  • Project briefs based on real tech industry requirements
  • Practice some of the different jobs you can do in the video game industry
  • Resources and work tools as used by the industry
  • Access to the dedicated FireTech training suite on LearnWorlds as required

3. Online team meetings

  • Get lots of brilliant help and support
  • Celebrate your successes
  • Ongoing support as you work
  • All sessions and communications are recorded and archived for safety

4. Finish with a flourish!

  • Collect your skills report and portfolio
  • Career Experience Reference
  • Enjoy your virtual leaving party!

 

Programme Schedule

 

The programme runs in holiday time (5 days). You can expect to spend 20 – 25 hours on your virtual work experience, split between briefings with your coach, team meetings and project work. There are 5 phases of work…

1. Training / 1:1
2. Research / Ideate
3. Create / Build
4. Test / Build
5. Present / Q&A
  • Intro to the industry
  • Meet your coach
  • Game industry roles
  • Research tasks
  • Brainstorm ideas 
  • Storyboarding
  • Asset making
  • Intro to Construct 3
  • Construct 3 training
  • Visual asset making
  • Team build
  • Audio assets
  • Play testing
  • Team build
  • Trials with a tester
  • Game feedback
  • Game industry materials
  • Presentation of game
  • Guest feedback and Q&A
  • Awards and wrap up

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

What are the requirements?

+ Participants must be aged between 15 and 17 years old
+ The programme is run online with live meetings, so a good Internet connection and laptop with webcam is required
+ This programme requires a good level of interest in video gaming and how video games are made and published

What are the benefits?

It is expected that participants will receive career path tools and guidance, appreciation of the fundamentals of the games design process, experience of working with a live team, training on soft and hard skills. A live coach acts as mentor to ensure your goals are achieved and that you develop a good range of industry skills.

Do I need to prepare anything?

It is not necessary to prepare in advance, however, preparation by exploring Construct 3 and Piksel would be ideal.

What your child will learn

  • To receive feedback from a virtual “boss” or team leader
  • To work effectively and communicate in virtual team meetings
  • To use the same tools as are used in the videogame industry to conceptualise, develop and implement projects
  • Develop general digital fluency in using business productivity tools
  • Skills report that they can share on platforms like LinkedIn, college applications, or to future employers
  • Project-based learning, with a human touch. All students will have human feedback, delivered remotely
  • Critical work skills that students may not get enough of in school: digital skills, productivity tools, plus in-depth skills in creative and technical areas

"Fire Tech was a place where I learned things I had never known before taking the course, and where I made many friends who shared the same interest as me."

Iona, Teen photographer