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The Young Video Game Designer Summer Experience

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Overview

USE CODE SUMMER15 FOR 15% OFF UNTIL 31ST DEC 2021. PLACES ARE HIGHLY LIMITED.

The Young Video Game Designer Summer Experience gives students aged 15-18 a 360-degree, fully immersive experience of working as a Video Game Designer in London.

Over the course of 15 days, students aged 15-18 will have some of the most prestigious experiences of video game design that one can imagine: design a video game from start to finish, present your game to a panel of experts in the heart of East London’s bustling tech city and elevate every aspect of the design process with masterclasses in visuals, music and script. 

Also available on the experience are immersive visits to an independent game studio, the opportunity to test previously unreleased video games and a day at the University of Cambridge. 

Join us for a life-changing experience that will serve as an outstanding differentiator on your university application form and set you up for a future as a successful video game designer.

Highlights


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 in East London’s bustling tech city
  • Explore the state-of-the-art technological advancements such as motion capture and virtual reality, that are making video games more immersive than ever in a leading visual effects studio
  • Test previously unreleased video games to understand what helps bring a game to market
  • Undertake a visit to one of Europe’s largest independent game studios
  • Private networking event at East London’s Studio Spaces Warehouse

Senior Video Game Designers from a Variety of Specialities:

  • 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

Personalised Career Coaching:

  • Bespoke career coaching: receive training on how to land the most desirable jobs in video game design and a dynamic, personalised development plan to reach the height of your career ambitions
  • Securing a place at a top-tier university: work alongside admissions officers from the UK’s leading educational institutions to map out your university and degree choices, extra-curricular activities, and work experience; and receive expert coaching on the art of personal statement writing 
  • Excelling at university: take part in a private tour of the University of Cambridge; attend a thought-provoking lecture; discuss your insights with likeminded individuals; and network with leading academics
  • Master the recruitment process: crack the code to the perfect CV with industry recruitment experts and hear from senior hiring managers on what they are looking for in candidate applications, interviews and assessment centres

    Competitive Advantage In Your University Applications:

    • Attending the Experience demonstrates that you’ve gained key skills such as visual and graphic design, problem solving and communication, which are highly-valued by top universities
    • Complete the online assessment after the programme and receive a personalised certificate to include in your UCAS/College applications.

    World-Class Universities And World-Class People:

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

    Design Your Own Summer Experience:

    • Choose to attend the 15-Day, 10-Day or 5-Day Summer Experience. You can also opt to attend this Summer Experience "Live Online" choosing between the 10-Day or 5-Day Summer Experience.
    • Accommodation, meals, guardianship and airport pick-up are available if required and can be added at checkout. London accommodation is provided at University of London’s halls of residence. Evening social activities will also be provided for students booking with accommodation. 

    DAY 1 – ENTER THE EXPERIENCE

    DAY 2 – GAME-JAM (PART 1): GAMEPLAY DESIGN

    DAY 3 – GAME-JAM (PART 2): LEVEL CREATION

    DAY 4 – GAME-JAM (PART 3): UI/UX DESIGN

    DAY 5 – GAME-JAM (PART 4): THE FINAL PRODUCT

    DAY 6 – ENTER THE INDIE DESIGN STUDIO

    DAY 7 – VISIONARY VISUALS

    DAY 8 – MASTER THE ART OF MARKETING

    DAY 9 - AN IMMERSIVE GAMING EXPERIENCE

    DAY 10 - VIDEO GAME TESTING

    DAY 11 –CAREERMAX WEEK

    DAY 12 – ENTER UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

    DAY 13 – GRADUATE RECRUITMENT: APPLICATIONS & INTERVIEWS

    DAY 14 – GRADUATE RECRUITMENT: ASSESSMENT CENTRES

    DAY 15 – PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN: YOUR NEXT STEPS

    DAY 1 – ENTER THE EXPERIENCE

    2:00pmStart

    Begin your journey to becoming a world-renowned video game designer! Over the next five days, you will become fully immersed in the world of video game creation by competing in a Game-Jam. Through a series of practical activities and workshops , you will discover the core steps of video game design, including: i) Creating fictional worlds and characters and mapping out game mechanics as a gameplay designer, ii) Creating captivating storylines and exciting missions as a level designer, and iii) discovering how to increase a game’s playability as a UI/UX designer. You will put your newfound expertise to the ultimate test by building the best video game from scratch in InvestIN’s Game Jam 2022. You will gain crucial experience in game design and development, try out different game creation roles, network with professionals and peers to find potential collaborators for new projects, and receive constructive feedback on your game from those in the know.

    AfternoonThe Experience Begins

    Enter the Experience and begin your journey to landing your dream career in video game design...
    - Your journey starts here: step into the shoes of a top video game designer
    - Keynote speech by the Experience Director: discover what the Experience has in store and how to make the most of this unique experience
    - Immersive group activities: develop crucial design skills for the Experience ahead, including teamwork, artistic vision and analytical thinking
    - Interactive networking session: meet your fellow interns – talented and ambitious students from around the world who can act as powerful contacts for your future career

    6.00pmClose

    *exact programme subject to change without notice

    DAY 2 – GAME-JAM (PART 1): GAMEPLAY DESIGN

    10:00amStart

    MorningThe Gameplay Designer

    Step into the shoes of the gameplay designer and put your skills to the test in Part 1 of the InvestIN Game Jam 2022
    - Discover how gameplay designers create spellbinding worlds with fascinating characters and rich history
    - Learn to craft compelling storylines and character arcs that captivate players
    - Explore how the inclusion of diverse and underrepresented characters makes for a more vibrant game
    - Prepare to begin the InvestIN Game Jam 2022: over the next four days you will build your very own video game from scratch

    AfternoonFoundations for Success

    - Begin your video game creation journey: meet your teams and the experts that will guide you throughout this challenge and lead you to victory
    - The video game developer’s toolkit: discover the cutting-edge tools at your disposal to craft your game
    - Map out the mechanics of your game and define your rules and modes of play
    - Develop the core building blocks of your game: set yourself up for success in the game jam

    5:00pmClose

    DAY 3 – GAME-JAM (PART 2): LEVEL CREATION

    MorningThe Level Designer

    Step into the shoes of the level designer and put your skills to the test in Part 2 of the InvestIN Game Jam 2022
    - Discover the principles and work methods loved by world-leading level designers
    - Learn how to release exciting new updates to develop and evolve a game whilst preserving its unique identity
    - Explore how level designers make the most of current gaming trends to expand their player base
    - Now it’s your turn: decide the pace and flow of your game and outline all possible outcomes

    AfternoonLevel Up

    - Expand your core game concepts into an elaborate video game containing multiple levels and extensive challenges
    -Make them work for it: decide how the level of difficulty will increase throughout the game so that users feel a sense of accomplishment whilst playing
    - Brainstorm future expansion packs to keep a renewed interest in your game even after years of gameplay
    - Race to see how many different levels you can create!

    5:00pmClose

    DAY 4 – GAME-JAM (PART 3): UI/UX DESIGN

    10:00amStart

    MorningThe UI/UX Designer

    Step into the shoes of the User Interface/User Experience designer and put your skills to the test in Part 3 of the InvestIN Game Jam 2022
    - What makes for successful UI/UX design? Uncover the core principles governing playability
    - Learn what makes for a great looking UI that is intuitive, easy-to-use and engages players
    - Discover different approaches to UI/UX in video game design and how they impact the player’s immersion within the game
    - Empathy is key: step into the player’s shoes and evaluate the usability, accessibility, and style of game UIs across a variety of genres

    AfternoonHeads Up!

    - It’s your time to shine! Take what you’ve learnt and implement your own UI in your video games
    - 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 visually relays vital information to the player without interfering with their gameplay
    - Ensure your UI contributes to the overall atmosphere and feel of the game

    5:00pmClose

    DAY 5 – GAME-JAM (PART 4): THE FINAL PRODUCT

    10:00amStart

    MorningRace to the Finish Line

    It’s time to reveal the winners of the InvestIN Game Jam 2022! Visit an iconic tech venue and present your game to a panel of video game industry leaders
    - Time is running out! 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!
    - Your time to shine: show off your finished product at an iconic East London tech city location and discover your peers’ creations
    - Who will be crowned the winners of the InvestIN Game Jam 2022? Receive valuable feedback from experts in video game design and development and see if your game has what it takes

    AfternoonCareer Coaching: How to Become a Top Video Game Designer

    The core knowledge you need to plan your pathway to becoming a top video game designer…

    - Your path to success: understanding the key decisions ahead and how to maximise your chances of success
    - Subject choices at A-level/IB/university and more
    - Securing work experience, designing impactful CVs/resumes and powerful interview techniques
    - Coaching from experienced video game designers on what you can do now to stand out in the future

    5:00pmClose

    DAY 6 – ENTER THE INDIE DESIGN STUDIO

    10:00amStart

    Now that you’ve discovered what it takes to build a winning video game, it is time for you to explore the video game design process from a business point of view, by i) stepping into the shoes of an indie game designer and devising a winning game concept, ii) creating a bespoke marketing campaign in the lead up to a video game launch, iii) discovering and designing your own the state-of the-art technologies that companies are pioneering to increase a player’s immersion in video games. Throughout the next five days, you will be working alongside and network with professionals from top gaming firms

    MorningMeet your Team

    You’ve been hired by a start-up to design a video game with a team of video game designers, writers and artists

    - The ins and outs of an indie game company: discover how a team without the backing of a large game publisher can bring a video game to life
    - Receive your brief from industry experts: collaborate with your peers to devise a winning game concept
    - Spend the rest of the day designing the most exciting levels, challenges, and missions for your video game
    - Keep it creative! Tap into your imagination to come up with the most innovative creation

    AfternoonThe Product Launch

    - Develop your team’s concepts into a finalized product
    - Prepare your pitch and present your creation in the Dragon’s Den
    - Network with other teams and size up your competition – does your game have what it takes to win?
    - The winning team will receive a professional mock-up of their video game to take home

    5:00pmClose

    DAY 7 – VISIONARY VISUALS

    10:00amStart

    MorningEnter the Motion Capture Studio

    Explore the state-of-the-art technological advancements bringing visionary visuals to life and making video games more immersive than ever

    -A behind-the-scenes glimpse at how motion capture and CGI have been effectively used in your favourite video games and blockbuster films
    - Experience first-hand the MoCap process: from high-precision real-time motion capture to data binding and repair
    - Blurring the lines between animation and reality: how motion capture is integrated in every aspect of video game design
    - Discover how at-home motion capture technology enables players to directly interact with their virtual environment and immerse themselves within the game

    AfternoonVirtual Reality: The Pinnacle of User Experience

    - The future of visuals: Step into the immersive world of virtual reality (VR) in video game design
    - Discover how VR has revolutionised the way video games can be conceptualised
    - Not all fun and games: discover the real-world implementations of VR in video games that are saving lives
    - Devise creative solutions to our current challenges with one of the world’s most cutting-edge technologies

    5:00pmClose

    DAY 8 – MASTER THE ART OF MARKETING

    10:00amStart

    MorningThe World of Marketing

    A winning product needs equally powerful marketing or its potential won’t be realised!

    - Marketing is one of the most powerful forces in business: Uncover the key frameworks and techniques used in video game marketing to win the hearts and minds of consumers
    - The psychology of marketing: product, place, price, promotion, people, positioning and packaging
    - An ever-changing landscape: discover the rise of digital marketing and where creativity meets analytics
    - Hear from expert marketeers with experience in a variety of industries on what they have found to be the most successful pathway to scalability

    AfternoonThe Video Game Launch

    - Race against time: work with marketing consultants to develop your short, medium and long term strategy within a given budget
    - Know your Audience: how your inclusive marketing strategy can make an impact on the diversity of consumers
    - Create eye-catching visuals, storyboard your advertising campaign, and collaborate to produce a cohesive vision for your product
    - Pitch your bespoke campaign to a team of marketing professionals and receive live feedback

    5:00pmClose

    DAY 9 - AN IMMERSIVE GAMING EXPERIENCE

    10:00amStart

    MorningThe Game Environment & the Senses

    Creating an immersive experience is paramount to video game design – explore the best techniques to achieve this feat

    - Learn how to build upon the atmosphere and feel of a game to create an immersive experience for players
    - Discover the impact of carefully crafted lighting, sound and backdrop on user experience (UX)
    - Explore how video game designers engage the senses to create vivid and vibrant gameplay
    - Have your say: what video games utilise these techniques the most effectively?

    AfternoonSetting the Scene

    - Take a walking tour of London and discover some of the most vibrant cultural areas and historically-rich sites the nation’s capital has to offer
    - Immerse yourself in your journey around the centre of London and take inspiration from the scenery, sounds and sights around you
    -Work in teams to storyboard a video game inspired by the locations that you’ve visited
    - Using what you have experienced, incorporate music, sound effects and visuals from the tour to create a feel that is authentically ‘London’

    5:00pmClose

    DAY 10 - VIDEO GAME TESTING

    10:00amStart

    MorningYou Become the Video Game Tester

    In order to design a successful game, you must first know what makes a game unsuccessful

    - Try your hand at the most common entry-level role for future video game designers: the video game tester
    - Discover the design flaws that prevent games from making it to market
    - Test out unreleased video games and identify core issues which could lead to their failure
    - Devise the most innovative solutions to save a video game project

    AfternoonPrivate Networking Event

    Put your professional networking skills into practice at InvestIN’s Private Network Event…

    - Put your newfound knowledge to the test
    - Take part in a private networking session with top gameplay designers, level designers, UI/UX designers and developers
    - Have your burning questions answered by those in the know
    - Receive valuable advice from experts in the field

    5:00pmClose

    DAY 11 –CAREERMAX WEEK

    10:30amStart

    Over the next five days, you will receive personalised coaching on how to succeed in each of the major milestones on the road to landing your dream job: i) securing a place at a top-tier university ii) excelling in your studies iii) mastering every aspect of the recruitment process and procuring a top job in video game design post-university. In addition, you will receive inspirational coaching on key employability skills from high-profile figures including politicians and Olympic athletes.

    MorningEnter CareerMax

    Your future starts now: discover the essential skills needed to thrive in video game design

    - Personal development plan: work with a careers expert in small focus groups to plan the next steps in your journey
    - ‘Big results require big ambitions’: hear from a world-class Olympic athlete on the importance of being a self-starting, ambitious individual in today’s increasingly competitive climate
    - ‘The art of communication is the language of leadership’: hear from a high-ranking politician on how best to improve your communication skills and captivate a large audience

    AfternoonUniversity Applications

    You’re in your final year of school and it is time to start thinking about what comes next

    - Inside UCAS: an interactive session with a university admissions expert, with guidance on how to ace your applications and bag your first-choice university
    - University and degree choices: making the right decisions to maximise your career potential
    - Eye-catching extracurriculars: using extracurricular activities to boost your application
    - Personal statement workshop: expert coaching on the art of personal statement writing
    - Interview training: a masterclass with senior admissions tutors from top UK universities
    - You become the admissions officer: step into the shoes of a university admissions tutor: review a collection of portfolios and interview prospective students for a place at a world-renowned creative institution

    5:00pmClose

    DAY 12 – ENTER UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

    10:30amStart

    MorningWelcome to University!

    Congratulations! You have been accepted into your first-choice university – it’s time to start preparing

    - University tour: private tour of the University of Cambridge led by students, who will guide you through the abundant opportunities available to you there
    - Academic lecture: meet academics from the Department of Computer Science and experience a university-style lecture
    - Meet the university team: attend an exclusive networking lunch with students and academics

    AfternoonStep into the Shoes of a Student

    - The academic seminar: discuss the contents of the morning lecture in a seminar group led by an academic, reflect on the topics raised with likeminded individuals and begin to generate your initial hypotheses
    - The research project: work effectively as part of a team to research and plan for a knock-out group presentation
    - The group presentation: present your team’s finding to your peers and academics
    - The feedback: receive feedback on your presentation and reflect on your team’s performance

    5:00pmClose

    DAY 13 – GRADUATE RECRUITMENT: APPLICATIONS & INTERVIEWS

    10:30amStart

    MorningGraduate Applications

    You’re in your final year of study and it is time to start thinking about life after university

    - Standout work experience: learn the importance of securing relevant work experience and the impetus it can add to your graduate job applications
    - Killer CVs: crack the code to the perfect CV with industry recruitment experts and hear from hiring managers from the video game design industry on what they are looking for in candidate resumes and portfolios.
    - You become the hiring manager: step into the shoes of a senior hiring manager working at a global gaming firm. as you screen a set of graduate CVs and select which candidates you would like to interview

    AfternoonGraduate Interviews

    The graduate recruiter was impressed by your knockout CV and you have now been invited to interview for the role…

    - Interview workshop: receive bespoke public speaking training on how best to articulate yourself during high-pressure, professional situations such as interviews and presentations
    - You become the graduate interviewer: interview candidates for a graduate role alongside senior recruitment managers and put them through their paces with a series of challenging scenario-based questions
    - Reflection: return to your focus groups and review the goals you set for InvestIN’s CareerMax week. What have you achieved so far? What would you like to work on over the final two days? What questions do you need answering?

    5:00pmClose

    DAY 14 – GRADUATE RECRUITMENT: ASSESSMENT CENTRES

    10:30amStart

    MorningEnter the Assessment Centre

    Congratulations! You have nailed the initial interview for a graduate role at a global gaming firm and are among the top-ranked candidates invited to the final stage assessment centre

    - Graduate assessments: discover the different types of activities you will be faced with during an assessment centre and the core competencies that recruiters are looking for
    - Psychometric tests: experience a series of skills tests that will gauge your artistic and creative abilities and receive feedback on your performance
    - In tray exercise: tackle a series of challenging in tray exercises and impress your prospective employer with your calm and organised approach to work

    AfternoonThe Group Exercise

    - The task: receive an exciting group exercise brief, meet your team and establish members’ individual strengths and areas of expertise
    - Group discussion: master the art of managing discussions during group assessment centre activities as you collaborate with your team and evaluate one another’s contributions
    - Key skills: manage your time effectively and wow the assessors with your outstanding approach to teamwork and leadership
    - The assessment interview: keep a cool head as you tackle a series of challenging group interview questions and impress your prospective employer with your responses

    5:00pmClose

    DAY 15 – PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN: YOUR NEXT STEPS

    10:030amStart

    MorningPersonal Development Plan

    - Personalised feedback: receive a bespoke summary of your performance during the day 14 assessment centre, including your strengths and areas for development
    - Group reflection: return to your focus groups and reflect on what you have achieved throughout InvestIN’s CareerMax week
    - Personal development plan: work with a recruitment expert to establish your next steps and create your very own personal development plan
    - Farewell speech: a review of what you have gained from the Experience, with closing remarks from the Programme Director

    1:00Close

    DAY 1 – GAME-JAM (PART 1): GAMEPLAY DESIGN

    DAY 2 – GAME-JAM (PART 2): LEVEL CREATION

    DAY 3 – GAME-JAM (PART 3): UI/UX DESIGN

    DAY 4 – GAME-JAM (PART 4): PREPARING FOR MARKET

    DAY 5 – GAME-JAM (PART 5): THE FINAL PRODUCT

    DAY 6 –CAREERMAX

    DAY 7 – ENTER UNIVERSITY

    DAY 8 – GRADUATE RECRUITMENT: APPLICATIONS & INTERVIEWS

    DAY 9 – GRADUATE RECRUITMENT: ASSESSMENT CENTRES

    DAY 10 – PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN: YOUR NEXT STEPS

    DAY 1 – GAME-JAM (PART 1): GAMEPLAY DESIGN

    11:00amStart

    Begin your journey to becoming a world-renowned video game designer! Over the next five days, you will become fully immersed in the world of video game creation by competing in a Game-Jam. Through a series of practical activities and workshops , you will discover the core steps of video game design, including: i) Creating fictional worlds and characters and mapping out game mechanics as a gameplay designer, ii) Creating captivating storylines and exciting missions as a level designer, and iii) discovering how to increase a game’s playability as a UI/UX designer. You will put your newfound expertise to the ultimate test by building the best video game from scratch in InvestIN’s Game Jam 2022. You will gain crucial experience in game design and development, try out different game creation roles, network with professionals and peers to find potential collaborators for new projects, and receive constructive feedback on your game from those in the know.

    MorningThe Gameplay Designer

    Step into the shoes of the gameplay designer and put your skills to the test in Part 1 of the InvestIN Game Jam 202

    - Discover how gameplay designers create spellbinding worlds with fascinating characters and rich history
    - Learn to craft compelling storylines and character arcs that captivate players
    - Explore how the inclusion of diverse and underrepresented characters makes for a more vibrant game
    - Prepare to begin the InvestIN Game Jam 2022: over the next four days you will build your very own video game from scratch

    AfternoonFoundations for Success

    - Begin your video game creation journey: meet your teams and the experts that will guide you throughout this challenge and lead you to victory
    - The video game developer’s toolkit: discover the cutting-edge tools at your disposal to craft your game
    - Map out the mechanics of your game and define your rules and modes of play
    - Develop the core building blocks of your game: set yourself up for success in the game jam

    4:30pmClose

    *exact programme subject to change without notice

    DAY 2 – GAME-JAM (PART 2): LEVEL CREATION

    11:00amStart

    MorningThe Level Designer

    Step into the shoes of the level designer and put your skills to the test in Part 2 of the InvestIN Game Jam 2022

    - Discover the principles and work methods loved by world-leading level designers
    - Learn how to release exciting new updates to develop and evolve a game whilst preserving its unique identity
    - Explore how level designers make the most of current gaming trends to expand their player base
    - Now it’s your turn: decide the pace and flow of your game and outline all possible outcomes

    AfternoonLevel Up

    - Expand your core game concepts into an elaborate video game containing multiple levels and extensive challenges
    -Make them work for it: decide how the level of difficulty will increase throughout the game so that users feel a sense of accomplishment whilst playing
    - Brainstorm future expansion packs to keep a renewed interest in your game even after years of gameplay
    - Race to see how many different levels you can create!

    4:30pmClose

    DAY 3 – GAME-JAM (PART 3): UI/UX DESIGN

    11:00amStart

    MorningThe UI/UX Designer

    Step into the shoes of the User Interface/User Experience designer and put your skills to the test in Part 3 of the InvestIN Game Jam 2022
    - What makes for successful UI/UX design? Uncover the core principles governing playability
    - Learn what makes for a great looking UI that is intuitive, easy-to-use and engages players
    - Discover different approaches to UI/UX in video game design and how they impact the player’s immersion within the game
    - Empathy is key: step into the player’s shoes and evaluate the usability, accessibility, and style of game UIs across a variety of genres

    Afternoon

    Heads Up!- It’s your time to shine!

    4:30pmClose

    DAY 4 – GAME-JAM (PART 4): PREPARING FOR MARKET

    11:00amStart

    Enter the world of marketing and learn that the product isn’t the only key to creating a best-selling game

    MorningThe Art of Marketing

    - Race against time: work with marketing experts to develop your short, medium and long term marketing strategy within a given budget
    - Know your Audience: how your inclusive marketing strategy can make an impact on the diversity of consumers
    - Create eye-catching visuals, storyboard your advertising campaign, and collaborate to produce a cohesive vision for your product
    - Receive feedback along the way on your marketing strategies

    AfternoonThe Product Launch

    - Develop your team’s concepts into a finalized product
    - Prepare your pitch and get ready to enter the Dragon’s Den
    - Network with other teams and size up your competition – does your game have what it takes to win?
    - Undertake a bespoke public speaking session to support you in delivering a knockout pitch

    4:30pmClose

    DAY 5 – GAME-JAM (PART 5): THE FINAL PRODUCT

    10:00amStart

    MorningRace to the Finish Line

    It’s time to reveal the winners of the InvestIN Game Jam 2022! Visit an iconic tech venue and present your game to a panel of video game industry leaders

    - Time is running out! 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!
    - Your time to shine: show off your finished product at an iconic East London tech city location and discover your peers’ creations
    - Who will be crowned the winners of the InvestIN Game Jam 2022? Receive valuable feedback from experts in video game design and development and see if your game has what it takes

    AfternoonCareer Coaching and Private Networking

    - Your path to success: understanding the key decisions ahead and how to maximise your chances of success
    - Subject choices at A-level/IB/university and more
    - Securing work experience, designing impactful CVs/resumes and powerful interview techniques
    - Coaching from experienced video game designers on what you can do now to stand out in the future
    - Private exclusive networking with leading figures from several areas of the gaming industry

    4:30pmClose

    DAY 6 –CAREERMAX

    11:00amStart

    Over the next five days, you will receive personalised coaching on how to succeed in each of the major milestones on the road to landing your dream job: i) securing a place at a top-tier university ii) excelling in your studies iii) mastering every aspect of the recruitment process and procuring a top job in video game design post-university. In addition, you will receive inspirational coaching on key employability skills from high-profile figures including politicians and Olympic athletes.

    MorningEnter CareerMax

    Your future starts now: discover the essential skills needed to thrive in video game design

    - Personal development plan: work with a careers expert in small focus groups to plan the next steps in your journey
    - ‘Big results require big ambitions’: hear from a world-class Olympic athlete on the importance of being a self-starting, ambitious individual in today’s increasingly competitive climate
    - ‘The art of communication is the language of leadership’: hear from a high-ranking politician on how best to improve your communication skills and captivate a large audience

    AfternoonUniversity Applications

    You’re in your final year of school and it is time to start thinking about what comes next

    - Inside UCAS: an interactive session with a university admissions expert, with guidance on how to ace your applications and bag your first-choice university
    - University and degree choices: making the right decisions to maximise your career potential
    - Eye-catching extracurriculars: using extracurricular activities to boost your application
    - Personal statement workshop: expert coaching on the art of personal statement writing
    - Interview training: a masterclass with senior admissions tutors from top UK universities
    - You become the admissions officer: step into the shoes of a university admissions tutor: review a collection of portfolios and interview prospective students for a place at a world-renowned creative institution

    4:30pmClose

    DAY 7 – ENTER UNIVERSITY

    11:00amStart

    Congratulations, you’ve been accepted into your first choice university – it’s time to start preparing!

    MorningWelcome to University!

    - University life: experience a day in the life of a university student and be guided through the array of opportunities available to you at university
    - University forum: attend an exclusive networking session with students from a range of top-tier universities and have all your burning questions answered
    - Academic lecture: meet academics from various departments and experience a university-style lecture

    AfternoonStep into the Shoes of a Student

    - The academic seminar: discuss the contents of the morning lecture in a seminar group led by an academic, reflect on the topics raised with likeminded individuals and begin to generate your initial hypotheses
    - The research project: work effectively as part of a team to research and plan for a knock-out group presentation
    - The group presentation: present your team’s finding to your peers and academics
    - The feedback: receive feedback on your presentation and reflect on your team’s performance

    4:30pmClose

    DAY 8 – GRADUATE RECRUITMENT: APPLICATIONS & INTERVIEWS

    11:00amStart

    MorningGraduate Applications

    You’re in your final year of study and it is time to start thinking about life after university

    - Standout work experience: learn the importance of securing relevant work experience and the impetus it can add to your graduate job applications
    - Killer CVs: crack the code to the perfect CV with industry recruitment experts and hear from hiring managers in the marketing industry on what they are looking for in candidate resumes
    - You become the hiring manager: step into the shoes of a senior hiring manager working at global marketing agency as you screen a set of graduate CVs and select which candidates you would like to interview

    AfternoonGraduate Interviews

    The graduate recruiter was impressed by your knockout CV and you have now been invited to interview for the role

    - Interview workshop: receive bespoke public speaking training on how best to articulate yourself during high-pressure, professional situations such as interviews and presentations
    - You become the graduate interviewer: interview candidates for a graduate role alongside senior recruitment managers and put them through their paces with a series of challenging scenario-based questions
    - Reflection: return to your focus groups and review the goals you set for InvestIN’s CareerMax week. What have you achieved so far? What would you like to work on over the final two days? What questions do you need answering?

    4:30pmClose

    DAY 9 – GRADUATE RECRUITMENT: ASSESSMENT CENTRES

    11:00amStart

    Congratulations! You have nailed the initial interview for a graduate role at a global marketing agency and are among the top-ranked candidates invited to the final stage assessment centre

    MorningEnter the Assessment Centre


    - Graduate assessments: discover the different types of activities you will be faced with during an assessment centre and the core competencies that recruiters are looking for
    - Psychometric tests: experience a series of psychometric tests that will gauge your suitability for your dream role and receive feedback on your performance
    - In tray exercise: tackle a series of challenging in tray exercises and impress your prospective employer with your calm and organised approach to work

    AfternoonThe Group Exercise

    - The task: receive an exciting group exercise brief, meet your team and establish members’ individual strengths and areas of expertise
    - Group discussion: master the art of managing discussions during group assessment centre activities as you collaborate with your team and evaluate one another’s contributions
    - Key skills: manage your time effectively and wow the assessors with your outstanding approach to teamwork and leadership
    - The assessment interview: keep a cool head as you tackle a series of challenging group interview questions and impress your prospective employer with your responses

    4:30pmClose

    11:00am|Start|

    DAY 10 – PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN: YOUR NEXT STEPS

    11:00amStart

    MorningPersonal Development Plan

    - Personalised feedback: receive a bespoke summary of your performance during the day 9 assessment centre, including your strengths and areas for development
    - Group reflection: return to your focus groups and reflect on what you have achieved throughout InvestIN’s CareerMax week
    - Personal development plan: work with a recruitment expert to establish your next steps and create your very own personal development plan
    - Farewell speech: a review of what you have gained from the Experience, with closing remarks from the Experience Director

    AfternoonProject Launchpad


    - Take off into your future: choose between five bespoke challenges designed to develop core skills in video game design, building on your time with InvestIN and taking crucial steps on your path to becoming a top accountant
    - The project launchpad competition: take on your peers in order to win an exclusive prize, attend an awards ceremony in central London and embellish your CV with a standout extra-curricular experience
    - Farewell speech: a review of what you have gained from the Summer Experience, with closing remarks from the programme director

    4:30pmClose

    Fees, Eligibility and Options

    USE CODE SUMMER15 FOR 15% OFF UNTIL 31ST DEC 2021. PLACES ARE HIGHLY LIMITED.

    The Summer Experience is for students aged 15-18 and you do not require any prior knowledge. The London Experience will begin on 22nd July 2022. You can choose to attend for either days 1-5, days 1-10 or days 1-15. You can add accommodation, meals and transfers if you wish to. Listed on the table below is a breakdown of the pricing options and what is included. (There is an alternative 'Live Online' version of the experience which you can attend for either 5 or 10 days which will begin on 12th August 2022.)

    Click "Register Now" to book your place. Alternatively, if you wish to pay by instalments please email us at info@investin.org with the following information and we shall send you an invoice for a 50% deposit: student's name; date and length of summer experience; whether you want accommodation or not.

    Summer Experience Type 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 build your very own video game from scratch. Present your ideas to a panel of video game industry leaders. Expand upon core concepts and develop multiple levels paying attention to UI/UX
    Test previously unreleased video games to understand what helps bring a game to market. Storyboard a video game incorporating music, sound effects and visuals
    Private networking event at East London’s Studio Spaces Warehouse
    5 days dedicated to coaching you on mastering every aspect of the recruitment process for the best jobs in video game design
    Summer Experience fee
    £1350

    £2600

    £3750
    Optional fee for University of London accommodation (private single en-suite rooms) with all meals and guardianship included
    £600

    £1350

    £2100
    Optional fee for London airport pick-up and drop-off (each way)
    £100

    £100

    £100
    Alternative ‘Live Online’ version of the Summer Experience (choose 5 or 10 day)
    £595

    £995

    n/a
    Venues, Dates & Locations

    London, UK

    In-Person

    22nd July – 5th August 2022

    UCL, University of Oxford, and other locations

    Accommodation Location

    Garden Halls (University of London)
    London, WC1H 9EN

    OR 

    College Hall (University of London)
    London, WC1E 7HZ

    Download Digital Brochure - Garden Halls >>

    Download Digital Brochure - College Hall >>

    Register Now

    Live Online

    In-Person

    12th August - 21st August 2022

    11am - 4:00pm (UK time)

    Register Now

    In-Person

    22nd July – 5th August 2022

    UCL, University of Oxford, and other locations

    Accommodation Location

    Garden Halls (University of London)
    London, WC1H 9EN

    OR 

    College Hall (University of London)
    London, WC1E 7HZ

    Download Digital Brochure - Garden Halls >>

    Download Digital Brochure - College Hall >>

    Register Now

    Online

    12th August - 21st August 2022

    11am - 4:00pm (UK time)

    Register Now

    AmbitionX

    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.

    COVID-19 Group

    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.

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    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 info@investin.org 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.