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The Young Video Game Designer Weekend

The Young Video Game Designer Weekend

Ages 15 - 18 Live Online

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Overview

The Young Video Game Designer Weekend gives students aged 15-18 an immersive experience of video game design. Across 2 days you will take part in a series of activities, seminars, simulations and Q&A sessions, all led by a group of experienced video game designers.

Attendance will give you a competitive edge in the race for the best universities, colleges and jobs in video game design, and a 'super-curricular' experience to add to your university or college applications.

Highlights

An Immersive Experience of Video Game Design:

  • Video Game Designers from world-leading companies will coach you through live, interactive experiences including:

  • Making your very own video game in Unity (and taking it home!)

  • Designing your own spellbinding world, with a rich story and fascinating characters

  • Responding to player feedback to fix poor UI/UX choices across all video game genres

  • Creating monetisation features for a free mobile game and competing to earn the most money

Career Coaching for Future Video Game Designers:

  • Training on how to fulfil your ambitions of becoming a top video game designer

  • An action plan detailing how to break into the video gaming industry, starting now

  • Coaching by experts on A-level/IB/college class choices; university/college and degree choices; extra-curricular activities; work experience; application and interview techniques

An Audience with Top Video Game Designers:

  • Q&A time with a selection of leading video game designers from a range of disciplines

  • Unlimited lifetime access to our guidance and expertise. Students can contact us for further advice at any time

Boost Your University/College Application and CV/Resumé:

  • Attendance demonstrates you’ve gained key skills such as teamwork, game scripting, communication and storyboarding

  • Complete the online assessment after the programme and receive a personalised certificate to include in your applications

Fees, Eligibility and Options

This programme is for students aged 15-18. No prior knowledge or experience is required. The programme involves a mixture of interactive simulations, exercises and Q&A sessions.

Programme Fee:

'Live Online’: £165/student for both days.

There is no application process, and you can secure your place simply by clicking “Register Now”. We operate on a first-come first-served basis and programme places are limited.

DAY ONE: STORY-DRIVEN GAME DESIGN

DAY TWO: USER-DRIVEN GAME DESIGN

DAY ONE: STORY-DRIVEN GAME DESIGN

11.00amVideo Game Design & The Story

- Find out how to make your mark in the competitive world of video game design
- Explore the best game engines and development software
- Discover how the ability to tell powerful stories makes for a great video game designer

11.30amCreate your own world

- Step into the shoes of a gameplay designer
- Design your own spellbinding world, with a rich story and fascinating characters
- Discover how the inclusion of diverse and underrepresented characters makes for a more vibrant game
- Map out the mechanics of your game and define the rules and modes of play

12.30pmLevel Up

- Step into the shoes of the level designer
- Learn to craft compelling storylines and character arcs that captivate players
- Outline all possible game outcomes and game flow
- Create the action: decide the challenges players will have to overcome

1:30pmLunch

2.30pmFlip the Script

- Step into the shoes of the scripting designer
- Script your very own video game to take home and play using Unity/Scratch
- Put your knowledge to the test and compete for a prize for the most creative game
- Receive expert feedback from real-life video game designers

4:45pmPanel Q&A

- Live panel Q&A with professional video game designers from a variety of backgrounds
- Get all your burning questions answered
- Receive valuable advice

5.30pmClose

*exact programme subject to change without notice.

DAY TWO: USER-DRIVEN GAME DESIGN

11.00amVideo Game Design & The User

- Find out how to make your mark in the competitive world of video game design
- Explore the best game engines and development software
- Explore the relationship between the video game designer and the user

11:30amThe Social Revolution

- Learn how video games have evolved over the last 60 years
- Keep it social: explore how games have revolutionised how we socialise
- Uncover the way your favourite Youtube and Twitch gamers influence game design

12:15pmThe Business of Gaming

- Discover the different economic and business strategies that underly video game design
- Come up with monetisation strategies for Freemium games and see how you fare against the competition
- Make your opinion known: debate the hot-button issues in video game ethics

1:30pmLunch

2:30pmForm & Function

- Learn what makes for a great-looking game that players are eager to use
- Step into the player’s shoes to evaluate a game’s playability
- Respond to player feedback by fixing poor UI/UX choices

3:45pmThe Future of Gaming

- Step into the immersive world of virtual reality in video game design
- Discover how VR changes the way video games are conceptualised
- Solve current challenges with one of the world’s most cutting-edge technologies

4.45pmCareer Coaching

- Interactive session dedicated to your journey to becoming a top video game designer. Detailed advice on:
- GCSE/A-level/degree/university choices
- Excelling in the UCAS process
- Extra-curricular activity choices
- Work experience options
- Career path options for the future

5.30pmClose

*exact programme subject to change without notice.

Venues, Dates & Locations

Live Online

In-Person

29th - 30th January 2022

11am - 5:30pm (UK time)

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Online

29th - 30th January 2022

11am - 5:30pm (UK time)

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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

This programme will be delivered ‘Live Online’, so is not affected at all by any Covid-19 restrictions.

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