Animation Forum WM's sister project Gamer Camp has begun recruiting animators that are serious about working in the games industry for its 2011 training courses.
According to the recently published Livingstone-Hope report, many developers find that graduates still have a way to go before they can be let loose on a live project.
With this in mind, Gamer Camp – a highly practical, industry-backed, finishing school for gamemakers at NTI Birmingham, has launched three new training schemes; Nano, Mini and Pro.
"Each Gamer Camp scheme runs over full-time hours in NTI Birmingham's fantastic studio complex in Birmingham city centre. We provide quality, intensive training for budding games artists and programmers to help launch their careers in the games industry," says course mentor and former Head of Studio at Codemasters Guy Wilday (Colin McRae Rally, SEGA Rally).
"Gamer Camp has been shaped from the ground up by major developers to ensure students are equipped with the techniques, skills and experience that studios demand, but don't often see, in new recruits."
Viewed by the Livingstone-Hope report as an example of 'best practice', a major development period compliments the training sessions; recreating a working studio environment within NTI Birmingham's modern facilities.
In project teams, students are set a brief and mentored by the likes of Blitz, Codemasters, Freestyle or Rare to produce a working game that will then be published via a platform's online store.
The shortest of the sessions, Gamer Camp: Nano, runs for 1 month from 4th to 29th July, and costs £499.00 per person, as up to 8 programmers and 4 artists (animators or designers) create games for a smartphone platform.
Gamer Camp: Mini, the intermediate version of the course, lasts 3 months from 20th June to 22nd August 2011 and costs each participant £1,499.00. Mini focuses on handheld gaming, with students using more advanced development hardware to create a game for the PSPGo.
Gamer Camp: Pro students, meanwhile, will be awarded with an MA in Video Games Development from Birmingham City University for completing the 9 month course starting in September 2011, and developing a game for the PlayStation3. Gamer Camp Pro will cost EU students £8,000 and non-EU students £10,050.
People thinking of attending Gamer Camp: Pro are welcome to attend a special Open Day on 19th March 2011 at NTI Birmingham by registering via Eventbrite.
Applications for each course can be made online via www.GamerCamp.co.uk. Payment is made upon acceptance onto a course, all of which are subject to an interview.
Check out a short 5 minute documentary on the last Gamer Camp: Nano below:
NTI Birmingham, a software training centre and home to Animation Forum West Midlands, is a part of Birmingham City University, and hosts each Gamer Camp course within its city centre facility.