I am writing to invite you to join BAFTA in our mission to develop a new generation of game makers. BAFTA's Young Game Designers is a free initiative that will inspire your students to turn their interest in playing games into a passion for creating them. Young Game Designers will help you inspire your students in their study not only of Computer Science, but also Maths, Art, the Sciences etc.
BAFTA Young Game Designers 2014
Young Game Designers provides a destination for careers advice and behind the scenes access to the games industry, where BAFTA members, award winners and nominees share their insights and advice through interviews and exclusive video content, in addition to hosting workshops around the country. Young Game Designers aims to:
- Drive awareness of the range of careers available in the games industry amongst young people
- Promote understanding of the subject and career choices which young people have to make in order to develop a career in games
- Promote games industry careers as a viable option to teachers, parents and guardians
The Young Game Designers initiative culminates in a competition where students can win the chance to get their game ideas made into a working prototype. Students aged 11-16 can either:
- Enter the Game Concept competition by submitting a design concept for a new video game, helping them to learn about the different roles within video games design and the value of key subject areas for entry into the industry
- Enter the Game Making competition by submitting a game prototype they have made
The winning teams will receive a prize package that includes a BAFTA Young Game Designers Game Concept or Game Making Award, a visit to a leading games studio, an opportunity to develop their game further with experts at Abertay University, a PlayStation Little Big Planet Education Package for their school, plus many more.
The Young Game Designers competition is open now and will run until 26th May 2014. Students can enter online at www.bafta.org/ygd.
App Creation Mentoring
Additionally this year, Tesco and its technology experts (who are behind hugely popular apps which cover everything from entertainment to buying groceries) are offering a mentoring opportunity for up to four teams to create a game app to be entered into the Game Making category. Students will receive a visit from an allocated mentor at their school and also be able to visit one of Tesco’s technology hubs. Teachers will also get the chance to meet technology experts and learn from some of the best in the industry. For more information and terms and conditions please visitygd.bafta.org/tesco.
Web series and ideas hub
Our YGD web series is fronted by internet celebrities, The Yogscast. They’re a really accessible and slightly cheeky look behind the scenes of the games industry, which will help your students understand difficult concepts such as coding and gameplay, at the same time reasserting that maths and science skills underpin the creativity you see in games. Our monthly ideas hub gives your students access to industry experts, who are online to answer games and industry related questions.
There is further information on the competition, and a newsletter and many other resources on the website: www.bafta.org/ygd. If you have any other questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact ‘BAFTA Young Game Designers’ at firstname.lastname@example.org.