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If you know a young person aged between 11 and 16 who wants to be a game designer and would like to get their foot in the door of the games industry, then we’ve got just the thing for them.

BAFTA Young Game Designer is a video games design competition for 11 – 16 year olds, with two opportunities to win. For the Game Concept Award, they must write and illustrate an idea for a new game, and for the Game-Making Award, they must make a game of their own. If they want to hedge their bets, they can enter both.

The winning entries, which can be from an individual or a team of up to three, will get their design prototyped by professional games developers.

BAFTA Young Game Designers 2012 was launched at our sister museum, the Science Museum, in London last week, but we’re hosting the first free workshop of 2012 next Thursday, 17th May.

These workshops, which will be taking place all over the UK, will teach young people more about game design and give them further inspiration to enter BAFTA Young Game Designers 2012. Teamwork, story-telling and problem-solving are all skills which will be put into practise on the day.

For a taster of what will happen during the workshop, take a look at this video of the launch event.

At our workshop, the morning will be spent working with Martin Caine, (Director of Retroburn Game Studios Ltd) to learn about how his company approaches the task of designing a new game. Then, we will get have a go at road-testing some of Retroburn’s latest ideas on a variety of platforms. The young hopefuls can chat with Martin and ask any questions about the world of games design.

In the afternoon, we will host a BAFTA Young Game Designers workshop, where experts in video games design will offer their advice and talk about working in the industry. Teams of three will plan, write and illustrate their idea for a new video game before pitching their concept to a panel of industry professionals.

If they choose, the groups can continue to develop their ideas before submitting them to BAFTA Young Game Designers 2012.

There are 15 places left on the workshop. If you would like to bring a group of young people, then contact Di Carey in our Learning Team on 0844 856 3799.

If you can’t get to our workshop, but would like to use it as a learning opportunity, then you can watch the activities as they are live streamed to the BAFTA YGD website on Thursday 17th March.

BAFTA Young Game Designers 2012 closes for entries on Monday 22nd October 2012.

The BAFTA YGD website has lots of top tips, a guide for working in the games industry, plus the winning game from 2011 – Rollin’ Scotch (now Stick ‘Em Up), by Noah Shepherd, Louis Scantlebury and Nathaniel Weisberg, which is available to download as a free app.

Written by Emma Thom

  1. Jo Dobie

    this looks great tho its such a shame it is on a thursday!!!

    1. Emma James

      Hi Jo. This workshop is primarily aimed at schools and youth groups to kick start their interest in the BAFTA YGD competition – and there is lots of info on the BYG website about how to get involved without actually attending the workshop, if you’re interested. Our Learning team says that they hope to run the same event next year for the 2013 competition, so look out for that. But in the meantime, keep an eye on the Educators section of our website as they will be running more games-led activities for schools throughout the 2012/13 academic year.

      We also have Bradford Animation Festival coming up in November, which has a Games strand, and there’s always a bunch of activities for young people and families.

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