Open Day for Aspiring Gamemakers hits Birmingham

The free Open Day provides a taster of Birmingham City University’s industry-endorsed‘finishing school’ for gamemakers– Gamer Camp: Pro, which provides an MA / MSc in Video Games Development, and runs for 12 months from September 2011.

Aspiring programmers and games artists who’d like to attend the Gamer Camp: Pro Open Day, can do so by registering via www.bcu.ac.uk/gamercamp/openday.

“Finding a career in the games industry isn’t easy,” says Birmingham City University’s Oliver Williams, who helped create the programme.“But Gamer Camp has been created to provide talented gamemakers with the skills and crucially, the experience, they need to get started in the games industry.

“The Open Day provides free taster sessions to give those interested in the training course an idea of what Gamer Camp: Pro is all about.”

The course is endorsed by the likes of Sony, Codemasters, Rare and Blitz Games Studios’, and led by Guy Wilday, former Studio Manager on the Colin McRae Rally games.

The Open Day will also provide a chance for potential students to quiz the mentors about Gamer Camp: Pro, which runs over twelve months at NTI Birmingham’s city centre studios from September 2011. Students work full-time in teams towards producing a PlayStation®3 (PS3™) game for the PlayStation®Network.

Nano, Mini and Pro

There are three shapes and sizes of Gamer Camp, Nano, Mini and Pro.

The longest of the courses, the year-long Gamer Camp: Pro, awards graduates with a MA or MSc in Video Games Development from Birmingham City University. Gamer Camp: Pro will cost EU students£8,000 and non-EU students£10,050.

The shortest of the three sessions, Gamer Camp: Nano, runs during the summer for 1 month, from 4 th to 29 th July, and costs£499.00 per person, as up to 8 programmers and 4 artists or animators create games for a smartphone platform.

Gamer Camp: Mini, the intermediate version of the course, lasts 3 months from 20th June to 22nd August 2011 and costs each participant£1,499.00. Mini focuses on handheld gaming, with students using PlayStation® development hardware.

Would-be programmers and games artists can apply for each course quickly and online via www.GamerCamp.co.uk, where details of the courses can also be found. Payment is made upon acceptance onto a course, all of which are subject to an interview.

NTI Birmingham ( www.ntibirmingham.co.uk), a software training centre and design studio is part of Birmingham City University, hosts each Gamer Camp course in its city centre facility.

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NOTES TO EDITORS

-          Gamer Camp was run for the first time in 2009, with Gamer Camp: Nano running the first time in November 2010.

-          For all press enquiries, including comments from course mentors, to arrange filming during an upcoming course, or to request further written content for your publication, please contact David Allen on 0121 202 4816 or dave@gamercamp.co.uk.

-          Check out http://vimeo.com/channels/gamercampuk for an embeddable video behind the scenes of November 2010’s Gamer Camp: Nano.

  


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