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May
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Mon May 31st - Fri Jun 4th 10:00am-3:00pm 5 Days
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Virtual Work Experience in Video Game Design – Week Long

Virtual Work 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:  

40126

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).

Virtual Work 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).

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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. Learn more about the industry and discover what it would be like to work for a virtual indie video game design studio, tackling projects – such as prototyping games, adapting to feedback and pitching your ideas – and working directly online with your own human “boss”. This is your opportunity to be part of our Video Game Design Team and work alongside live teammates to build a video game you can put on your portfolio. Finish with a complete skills report and a virtual work 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 host work experiences.
 
We are working with our network of experts to develop virtual work experiences for young people. Our virtual work experiences are designed to provide you with a fascinating introduction to the industry and the types of job you can have, and to workshop realistic video game projects as a team in the same way a video game studio would do. At the end of the work experience, you will receive valuable industry knowledge and personal feedback with a skills report and reference.
 

Here’s how our Virtual Work Experience works…

 

1. Friendly introduction

  • Learn about the video game industry
  • Learn how Virtual Work Experience works
  • Meet your real live human boss 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
  • Virtual Work Experience Reference
  • Enjoy your virtual leaving party!

 

Programme Schedule

 

The programme runs either in holiday time (5 days) or after school (5 weeks). Either way, you can expect to spend 20 – 25 hours on your virtual work experience, split between briefings with your boss, 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 the boss
  • 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 boss 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

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Meet Sean

Sean studies Design Engineering at Imperial College London but you'll often find him buzzing around camp teaching our Video Game Design courses. He loves seeing campers push through challenges and publish a game to show their friends and family. 

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