Video Game Design - Virtual Work Experience

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Video Game Design – Virtual Work Experience

Discover what it’s like to work for a videogame studio, tackling realistic, industry-specific projects and working directly online with your own human “boss”. Finish with a complete skills report and a virtual work experience reference.

Ages:

15-19

Equipment:

Laptop, required

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This course is delivered online and therefore requires 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.

Video Game Design – Virtual Work Experience

This course is delivered online and therefore requires 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.

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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

Realistic projects

Realistic projects

Tackle projects that are specific to the videogame industry. These are realistic representations of some of the awesome tasks people in the videogame industry get to work on every day.

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

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My daughter 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 being …
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Course Overview

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Discover what it might be like to work for a video game design studio, tackling realistic, industry-specific projects – such as prototyping games, adapting to feedback and pitching your ideas – and working directly online with your own human “boss”. 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 offer virtual work experiences to young people. These virtual work experiences are simulations of the real thing, designed to provide an accurate experience of what it would be like to join a company in a variety of cutting edge tech industries. On our Virtual Work Experience programme, you will experience the tools, projects, and feedback that you would get as if you were an entry level worker in a tech-focused business.
 

Here’s how Virtual Work Experience works…

 

1. Friendly induction

  • Meet your real live human boss online
  • Learn how Virtual Work Experience works
  • Discuss the role you will play in the team

2. Real tech projects

  • Project briefs based on real tech industry requirements
  • Resources and work tools exactly as used by the industry
  • Work at your own pace, typically 4-6 hours a week for 5 weeks
  • Access to the dedicated FireTech training suite on LearnWorlds as required
  • Like to try something else? Change roles at any point

3. Regular online team meetings

  • Get lots of brilliant help and support
  • Celebrate your successes
  • Ongoing E-mail and chat support
  • All meetings and communications are recorded and archived for safety
  • When: 1 hour, weekly

4. Finish with a flourish!

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

See the typical Work Programme here.

 

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. Research
2. Ideate
3. Create
4. Improve
5. Present
  • Meet your team
  • Receive project brief
  • Conduct research
  • Brainstorm ideas 
  • Prioritise ideas 
  • Plan next
  • Build ideas
  • Test ideas 
  • Explore ways to improve
  • Build improvements 
  • Add details 
  • Review progress
  • Finalise project 
  • Prepare details 
  • Pitch presentation

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

What are the requirements?

+ Participants must be aged between 15 and 19 years old
+ The programme is run online with live meetings, so a good Internet connection and laptop with webcam is required
+ This is not a beginners course and requires basic level understanding of video game design principles, ideally through Construct 3

What are the benefits?

It is expected that participants will have a more fulfilling and rewarding experience than most traditional work experiences. A live boss acts as mentor to ensure your goals are achieved and that you develop a good range of industry skills. You will experience projects and tools that you might not otherwise encounter.

Do I need to prepare anything?

It is not necessary to prepare in advance, however, as noted above, some level of existing proficiency is required. For the Video Game Studio programme, our Video Game Design courses 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

Video Game Design – Virtual Work Experience FAQs

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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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