Three development courses to be held for industry students at Birmingham City University

NTI Birmingham runs dev ‘finishing schools’

Birmingham City University is to run several Gamer Camp ‘finishing school’ courses at its NTI Birmingham city-centre development facility.

The three courses, called Nano, Mini and Pro, are full-time commitments for accepted development students looking secure a job as artists or programmers in the games industry. They are overseen by course mentor Guy Wilday, formerly head of studio at Codemasters.

Course students are set a brief and mentored by representatives of studios like Blitz, Codemasters, FreeStyleGames and Rare. Those games will then be published via online platforms at a later date.

Gamer Camp Nano runs for 1 month from the 4th to the 29th of July, costs £499 and has places for up to 8 programmers and 4 artists or animators to create a game for a smartphone platform.

Gamer Camp Mini lasts for 3 months from the 20th of June to the 22nd of August, costs £1,499 and will see students developing a game for the PSPGo.

Gamer Camp Pro students will be awarded with an MA in video games development from Birmingham City University for completing the 9 month course, starting in September 2011. It will cost £8,000 for EU students and £10,050 for non-EU students, with students creating a PS3 title using PlayStation Move technology.

Payments are made upon acceptance onto a course, all of which are subject to interview.

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