NTI Birmingham runs dev 'finishing schools'

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