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Video Game Designers

Empowering the next generation of game developers


Join our 8 week journey from concept to prototype

Application deadline: 26th July

SOME OF LAST YEAR'S PARTICIPANTS CAN EXPLAIN IT BETTER THAN WE CAN ;)

WHAT IS SPRINGBOARD ?

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8 WEEKS

Intensive Game Development program primarily online Making a game from concept to product

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HANDS ON LEARNING

The best way to learn is to do and we provide you with support while you do. You have a whole host of resources at your disposal Includes weekly talks or workshops, weekly producer meetings, designated mentor meetings, and a diverse pool of mentors for specialized assistance in technical areas like art and level design.

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TRUE TO INDUSTRY LIFE & PROCESS

Build your game from game conception to pitching. The program recreates what is it like to make a game in a studio as you work with people you haven't met before and go through a development pipeline with development phases as in the industry but in a condensed timeframe, providing you with true to life experience of working in a development studio

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CHALLENGE

Challenging you to leverage your skills while creating a game end to end while upskilling. This programmer is learner led. By that we mean: you get out of it what you put into it, and the more you research and effort you put into it the better you will do. So push yourself to achieve and learn.

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APPLY YOUR SKILLS

A true application of what you have been learning at university (or self taught).

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INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS

Learn directly from industry professionals as they share their experience with you, the industry is there to support you.

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NOT-SO-SOFT SKILLS

During your time on the programme you will have a chance to cultivate your soft skills: communication, teamwork, leadership and more. You will soon realise that these are not-so-soft skills as they are ultimately necessary and imperative to the project as a whole.

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PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Project management is a skill that you will cultivate during the programme and is something that is transferrable across any discipline and any job. The programme will go over some Project Management theory too! Managing this project and the scope and timescale will be of utmost importance to make sure that the deliverable is delivered on time.

FAQS

  • What is the weekly content outline?
    Week 1: Soft Skills & Team Alignment & Project Planning week Week 2: Concept stage/Project planning/ Research (Pre production) Week 3: GDD/Project Planning/Artistic discipline tests Week 4: Production phase - creation Week 5: Production phase - creation (kill feature week) Week 6: Polishing game Week 7: QA testing + Beta Week 8: Second Pass & Pitching
  • Do I need to pay?
    Submitting your application is free, so you don't have to pay for that. If your application is chosen then you must pay the programme fees. You can pay either upfront or using Klarna you are able to spread the payment across three months. The fee is £15 per week for the 8 weeks of the programme.
  • What is the aim of the programme?
    - Allow participants to see what it is like creating a game as done in real life in the industry condensing the timeline into 6 weeks - Learning experience - try new things, get out of your comfort zone, make mistakes and learn - Upskill participants in soft skills and project management - Simulate the experience of a real game development pipeline - Help participants try disciplines so they figure out what they want to specialise into - Help participants gain a foothold in the industry as they begin to build their network - Help introduce people to different aspects of game dev and try new skills - Allow a wide variety of participants to join from any background - Create an accessible game that is playable by anyone - Showcase participant abilities as they apply prior learnings
  • How much time do I need to put in per week
    Last year on average participants put in 20-25 hours a week. How much time you put in is up to you, but just remember, with this programme you get out of it what you put into it.
  • What is the concept/ design brief?
    ...You'll find out when the programme begins... Last year the brief was "One Dynamic" - participants had to create a game that was a single input game. Note: We do not set briefs in terms of themes or topics, that will be up to your creative control.
  • Do I need to sign up with a team?
    Not at all! Applications are assessed on an individual basis. Note: If you are signing up and would like to be put in the same team as another applicant due to a language barrier or mental health reasons please make a note of that in your application and if your application is successful we will endeavour to take this into account Your teams will have a minimum 4 and maximum of 8 people, for example (this is not typical grouping of a team but is purely an example): 1x VFX 1x Sound 2 x Artists 2 x Designers 2 x Programmers The teams will be a mix of skill sets You will join as individuals and be placed into a team akin to real life where you will work with people you haven’t met before - the programme aims to simulate a real development cycle and all that goes with it
  • Do I have to have studied Games at university/be a student to take part?
    No not at all! This programme is open to all as long as you fit the eligibility criteria... While most of last year's cohort were from universities some had never studied games in traditional education and were entirely self-taught (including someone on the winning team). Examples: Aerospace Engineer, BA, Japanese Studies, Architect used to do his work in Unreal. The TLDR is that understanding and proficiency is expected in your skills... and more than that a hunger to learn and grow that skillset, and try new things.
  • Eligibility Criteria
    University students Postgraduate students (MA/MSc/PhD) Non-students are eligible to enter as long as not currently working in the games industry MUST NOT not currently or have ever worked in industry - This does not include internships or work experience - this is more so to ensure that those within the industry who have had paid jobs in the industry, are part of studios or between work etc but have experience in the industry are not participants as the aim of the program is to provide a stepping stone into the industry. It is understandable for graduates trying to break into the industry you may have interned etc so please do apply and we will review your applications If your application is selected your fee must be paid for your placement.
  • What experience is needed to take part?
    Experience in your field is needed - the programme is NOT for absolute beginners who have not used any such software - applicants must have solid understanding and proficiency. Experience to be within any of the following (not limited to these software but as examples): (No, you don't need to know all of the below table just have a solid understanding/proficiency of ONE of the below)

If you have any more questions you are welcome to email and we will respond ASAP or you can book a meeting with the organiser

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