Biz, MSc in Video Game Enterprise and Production
Gamer Camp: Biz is a year-long masters level course for the next generation of games industry entrepreneurs and producers
The games industry is full of project managers, entrepreneurs and associate producers, who all need serious managerial and business know-how to lead a game production to completion, be it a 79p iOS app or a £30m AAA console release.
Although these people will not be coding or designing art assets on a daily basis, it is vital that they have a comprehensive and realistic understanding of the game development process, and how all the disparate elements operate and come together to produce the polished game you see on the shelf or in an App Store
On Gamer Camp: Biz, we give people who want to work in games, an in-depth experience of the full game development process combined with all the hard-edged business skills they need to run a small games business or manage a studio production. Gamer Camp: Biz is suitable for both those in the games industry and graduates with an appropriate degree who are keen to strike out on their own.
This very practical approach is mirrored by Facebook, when new a new staff member starts at Facebook they go through a “Bootcamp” to ensure they understand the code base and how the programming team works.
“To make sure all our engineers share this approach, we require all new engineers — even managers whose primary job will not be to write code — to go through a program called Bootcamp where they learn our codebase, our tools and our approach. There are a lot of folks in the industry who manage engineers and don't want to code themselves, but the type of hands-on people we're looking for are willing and able to go through Bootcamp." – Mark Zuckerberg.
We believe an understanding of how games are made will help you build a successful game development company. We'll show you how games are developed, designed, produced, commissioned, concieved and sold - prepare to get stuck in and get your hands dirty because Gamer Camp is a hands-on experience.
Consider Gamer Camp: Biz as the year you start your career as a video games producer and/or entrepreneur
On Gamer Camp: Biz you'll get specialist skills training, mentoring and support from leading game developers, artists, producers and business owners.
The course is delivered in a series of boot-camps followed by one-to-one support, studio based game development and project delivery.
Aspiring games video game entrepreneurs can apply for a place (please select: Video Gamer Enterprise and Production (Gamer Camp Biz) Msc from the drop down list) on Gamer Camp: Biz where you'll experience making a game in a development team and in so doing learn and understand the roles and function programmers, artist and designers play in the games development process.
Gamer Camp: Biz starts by teaching the fundamentals of video games code, art and design and then builds upon the technical and creative skills to teach you how game development teams are managed and how complex processes, ideas and personalities can combine to create a successful games product. The course will also show you; how to set up in business, how to project manage the delivery of complex creative and technically challenging video game products and explain the business models available to generate income from games.
- Understand and experience game development roles (programming, art & design)
- Recreates a game development studio environment in NTI Birmingham's facilities
- Real qualifications, with an MSc in Video Game Enterprise and Production
- Opportunity to set up your business whilst on the course or work at a partner company
- A Gamer Camp course. Gamer Camp has been recognised as one of the top games courses in the UK, highlighted in the Livingstone-Hope Next-Gen report and Gamer Camp are part of the Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Academic Advisory Board.
Course Dates: 23rd September 2013 to 26th July 2014.
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