We are delighted to announce that our debut Game Academy course begins on Monday 17th February 2020 and applications are open now.

The Signals Game Academy aims to help train and inspire the next generation of British game makers, supporting talented and committed young people aged 16 – 18, to develop the knowledge and skills to make a career in the game industry a reality.

The Signals Game Academy is a week of workshops and masterclasses covering all areas of game development, including: artwork, sound design, game design plus inspiring talks from industry professionals. Over the course of a week you’ll form small teams to work collaboratively and make your own video game – submitting them to the BAFTA Young Game Designers competition and ending the week with a showcase event for friends and families where you’ll play each others games.

The Signals Game Academy course costs £25 however free places are available upon request.


Where and When?

The Game Academy lasts for five days, Monday 17th – 21st February 10am – 3pm and will take place at the Innovation Centre, Knowledge Gateway on the University of Essex Colchester campus.

Who can apply?

Making video games combines a variety of skills, from concept art to sound design, programming to scriptwriting. Whilst you won’t have big budgets and huge time scales to play with on this course, we encourage everyone to apply and state your preferred skill in your application. We’ll also be looking for proof of commitment to your craft, such as examples of games, artwork or music you’ve already made.

In order to apply for the Signals Game Academy you must:

  • Be aged 16–18 years old on the first day of the course.
  • Have a passion or talent for video game making and an ambition to work in the game industry.
  • Be able to commit to the duration of the course.

How do I apply?

Applications are open now and completed online via our online application form, the deadline for your applications is the Monday 13th January 2020 at 5pm. If you’d prefer to complete the application offline, you can download it here – please email the completed form to frazer_education@signals.org.uk.

Apply for the Signals Game Academy now.





  • Do I need a computer to take part?

Signals will be providing Apple MacBooks, however students are welcome to bring their own hardware if they wish (and do so at their own risk).

  • How much will it cost?

The course costs £25, bursaries places are available for those who can’t afford it.

  • What software will be taught?

We’ll be using Construct3 for our game making, the free software that runs in the browser – regardless of operating system.

  • What is BAFTA Young Game Designers?

Young Game Designers is an initiative by BAFTA that inspires and supports young people to create, develop and present their new game idea to the world. Find out more on their website here.

  • I can’t attend all the days, can I still apply?

Those whom can attend the whole course will have more chance of being selected, however we still recommend you apply.

  • How do I get to the Innovation Centre?

Parking is limited at Essex University, so we recommend using public transport – the bus stops are opposite the Innovation Centre. You can find out more here.

  • My question isn’t here, who do I ask?

Please call 01206 560255 or email frazer_education@signals.org.uk