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Get 15% off all Summer Experiences by using code SUMMER15 at checkout before 31st December!

Get 15% off all Summer Experiences by using code SUMMER15 at checkout before 31st December!

The Young Video Game Designer Summer Experience

InvestIN Education
InvestIN Education

The Young Video Game Designer Summer Experience


You can get a 15% early-bird discount by using the code SUMMER15 at checkout before midnight on 31st December

The Young Video Game Designer Summer Experience gives students aged 15-18 a fully immersive experience of working as a Video Game Designer in London.

Over the course of 15 days, students will have some of the most exclusive experiences of video game design that one can imagine: compete in a Game Jam, create your very own video game from scratch and present your ideas to expert game designers. 

Join us for a life-changing experience that will set you up for a future as a successful video game designer.

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Immersive Video Game Design Experiences:

  • Compete in a Game-Jam and build your very own video game from scratch
  • Present your ideas to a panel of video game industry leaders at an iconic London skyscraper
  • Visit a leading visual effects studio and explore the state-of-the-art technological advancements like virtual reality that are making video games more immersive than ever
  • Test previously unreleased video games to understand what helps bring a game to market
  • Undertake a visit to one of Europe’s largest independent motion capture studios

Meet Senior Video Game Designers:

  • Be coached through the immersive experiences with video game designers from world-renowned firms specialising in user interface, graphic design, mechanics and more
  • Private networking sessions with these professionals, who can become vital connections for your future career

Career Coaching:

  • Receive training on how to land the most desirable jobs in video game design
  • Advice on subject choices, university selection, work experience, extra-curricular activities and more
  • World-class professional development training: dedicated coaching on all the soft skills you need to become a top video game designer: creativity, teamwork, communication, time management and more

Competitive Advantage In Your University Applications:

  • Attending the Summer Experience demonstrates that you have gained skills which are highly-valued by top universities.
  • Complete the assessment after the programme and receive a personalised certificate to include in your university applications.

World-Class Universities And World-Class People:

  • Experience life at one of the best universities on the planet: University College London (UCL).
  • Meet talented and ambitious students from around the world who fly in for the Summer Experience, creating an invaluable lifetime network.

Design Your Own Summer Experience:

  • Select your preferred length of experience. You can choose to attend for:

      1.  days 1-15 (the full experience); or

      2.  days 1-10 only; or

      3.  days 1-5 only

  • Accommodation, meals, guardianship and airport pick-up are available if required and can be added at checkout

Immersive Experiences Days 1-5

The Game Jam: Gameplay Design

-Discover how gameplay designers create spellbinding worlds
-Learn to craft storylines and character arcs that captivate players
-The video game developer’s toolkit: discover the cutting-edge tools at your disposal to craft your game
-Meet the experts and your team and map out the mechanics of your game
-Define your rules and modes of play

The Game Jam: Level Creation

-Discover the principles and methods used by world-leading level designers
-Decide the pace and flow of your own game and outline all possible outcomes
-Expand your core concept into multiple levels and extensive challenges
-Decide how the difficulty will increase so that users feel a sense of accomplishment whilst playing
-Brainstorm future expansion packs that will keep players invested long after they’ve completed the game
-Race to see how many different levels you can create!

The Game Jam: UX/UI Design

-Step into the shoes of the User Interface/User Experience designer
-Uncover the core principles governing playability
-Learn what makes for a great user interface that is intuitive, easy-to-use and engaging
-Step into the player’s shoes and evaluate the usability and style of different game UIs across a variety of genres
-Create a captivating start page that sets the tone of your game and makes the users eager to play
-Design a heads-up display (HUD) that relays vital information to the player without interfering with gameplay

The Game Jam: Presentation Day

-Add the final touches to perfect your video game
-Name your game and write an exciting description for the App store to convince users to download it
-Present your finished product at the top of an iconic London skyscraper and discover your peers’ creations
-Who will be crowned the winners of the InvestIN Game Jam? Receive valuable feedback from industry and see if your game has what it takes!

You can get a 15% early-bird discount by using the code SUMMER15 at checkout before midnight on 31st December

This Summer Experience is for students aged 15-18 and you do not require any prior knowledge to attend.

The programme starts on 28th July 2023. You can choose to attend for either days 1-5, days 1-10 or days 1-15; and either with or without accommodation. Pricing for all options is set out below.

Click “Register Now” to book your place. Alternatively, if you wish to pay via invoice/instalments, please complete this form and a member of our team will reach out to you.

London 5-Day London 10-Day London 15-Day
Length Days 1-5 Days 1-10 Days 1-15
Compete in a Game Jam and create your own game. Learn the rules of UX/UI design. Pitch your game to industry-leaders at the top of a skyscraper.
Visit an indie game design studio and receive a game-design brief. Enter a visual effects studio and explore motion capture. Test unreleased video games and evaluate their strengths
Private networking session with top video game designers
World-class professional development training: 5 days of coaching on all the skills you need to become a top video game designer
Summer Experience fee £1475 £2850 £3950
Optional fee for University of London accommodation (private single rooms) with all meals and guardianship included Available for an additional
Available for an additional
Available for an additional
Optional fee for London airport pick-up and drop-off (each way) Available for an additional
Available for an additional
Available for an additional

Choose a location below:

In Person

28th July 2023

The programme is based at UCL and the surrounding University of London campus. Certain days take place in other key industry locations in London.

Accommodation Location

Students who choose accommodation will reside in University of London halls of residence. We occupy 3 different halls close-by to each other (listed below). The vast majority of students will be placed in Garden Halls

Garden Halls, London, WC1H 9EN,

College Hall, London, WC1E 7HZ

International Hall, London, WC1N 1AS

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As part of your booking, you will receive 12 months’ access to our state-of-the-art tech platform, AmbitionX. Here you will find all of your programme materials and complete post-programme assessments to gain coveted ‘experience points’ to demonstrate your levels of professional development. You will also be able to access any of InvestIN’s Live Online weekend and evening programmes through AmbitionX at no extra cost.



In the unlikely event that the in-person programme is completely cancelled because of Covid-19 then students will receive a refund. We have never yet had to cancel a London summer experience, having successfully delivered programmes during the summers of 2020 and 2021, with strict social distancing and excellent feedback. We shall of course adhere to all Covid-related government guidelines in place at the time of the programme and keep student safety as the highest priority.

If you pay via credit because you postponed a previous booking then the credit note will be reissued to you in full.



If you are trying to register and the registration box is not appearing it is likely because of firewall restrictions on your desktop device.

You may wish to try on your mobile device instead. Alternatively, please email with details of the programme you want to register for. We will reserve your place immediately and send you a link to pay by card online.