BAFTA to Host Workshops for Young Game Designers
Competition entry deadline is Monday 1st June
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) along with CoderDojo and games professionals from BAFTA-winning and nominated games studios will be hosting free workshops around the UK to inspire young people to consider a career in games.
During May the workshops will take place in Manchester, Newcastle and London and they are in support of the BAFTA Young Game Designers (YGD) competition in association with Nominet Trust. The competition is open for entries for 10-18 year olds until Monday 1st June.
The next three workshops are fully booked but anyone interested can add their name to a waiting list here. There is an all-girl workshop planned to take place later in the month in London as way of inspiring more girls to get into developing games.
The BAFTA YGD competition aims to inspire the UK’s game creators of the future by giving 10-18 year-olds the chance to design and make their own game.
There are two creative categories in the BAFTA YGD awards –
- The YGD Game Concept Award
- The YGD Game Making Award
The aim for the first award is to create a concept for a new game and the aim for the second is to make a game using freely available software. The winners will be named at a special ceremony in London later in the month. Entrants can be either individuals or part of a team of three.
In addition, the public can nominate an individual for The YGD Mentor Award, for an inspirational individual involved in the education of young game designers. The BAFTA Games Committee will select an individual for the YGD Hero Award, for a games industry professional who supports young game designers.
The BAFTA YGD competition is part of a year-round programme of activity which gives young people and educators unique insights into the games industry and access to the creative minds behind some of their favourite games.