Signals Game Academy 2024

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We are delighted to announce the return of the Signals Game Academy. The course begins on Monday 29th July 2024 and applications are open now.

Signals Game Academy aims to help train and inspire the next generation of British game makers, supporting young people aged 15 – 18 to develop the knowledge and skills to make a career in the creative digital 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, ending the week with a showcase event for friends and families where you’ll play each others games.

The Signals Game Academy course costs £95, with free places are available upon request.

What to expect?

Take a look at this video highlight reel from the 2023 Game Academy and see what our young digital creatives got up to.

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Where and When?

The Game Academy lasts for five days, Monday 29th July – 2nd August 10am – 3pm and will take place at Signals, St Runwald Street, Colchester, CO1 1HF.

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 15–18 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 1st July, 10am.

UPDATE: The deadline has now been extended to Monday 8th July, 10am. Applicants will be informed on Tuesday 9th July.

Game Academy Tutors

Emily Godden

Emily is an award winning Artist, Creative Technologist, Educator and founder of social enterprise Virtually There Studio. Emily is currently undertaking a PhD in “A practice-led inquiry into the use of immersive media to co-create and curate micro-restorative experiences in the healthcare setting” at Cambridge School of Art.

Frazer Merrick

Digital Producer Frazer creates and delivers a range of courses, activities, productions and projects that enhance peoples lives, develops creativity, technical skills and understanding. As a award winning Sound Artist, Frazer brings experience from across the entertainment and technology industries with credits in the music, film and video games industries. frazer@signals.org.uk

David Norton

Digital Artist Dave is a Creative Technologist with a background in participatory Theatre. He trained at East15 Acting School and has developed a unique practice of live performance and digital technology. His specialisms include Motion Capture, VR & AR, Interactive Artwork and runs an extensive range of education and training programs.