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Information for Parents & Teachers

INTRODUCTION

BAFTA's Young Game Designers is a free initiative that will inspire your children/students to turn their interest in playing games into a passion for creating them. Young Game Designers is perfect for use in an after-school STEM club or within the curriculum using lesson plans which are linked to below. 

Young Game Designers provides a destination for careers advice and behind the scenes access to the games industry, where BAFTA members, award winners and nominees share their insights and advice through interviews and exclusive video content, in addition to hosting workshops around the country.

Young Game Designers aims to:

•          Drive awareness of the range of careers available in the games industry amongst young people

•          Promote understanding of the subject and career choices which young people have to make in order to develop a career in games

•          Promote games industry careers as a viable option to teachers, parents and guardians

The Young Game Designers initiative culminates in a free to enter competition, opening in March 2014, where students can win the chance to get their game ideas made into a working prototype. More competition details will follow at a later date.

Industry partners include EA, Jagex, King, Sony Computer Entertainment UK, SEGA, Unity, Warner Bros. UK and University of Abertay Dundee. Tesco is supporting the initiative as a Mentoring Partner, offering opportunities for young people to be mentored by Tesco technology companies to create a game app.

There is further information and a newsletter for students and teachers on the Young Game Designers website: www.bafta.org/ygd 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the ‘BAFTA Young Game Designers’ team at ygd@bafta.org.  

PRACTICE ENTRY FORMS

Here you can download forms which entrants can use to practise their entries, before submitting their final version online.

Click here for the Game Concept Award practice form

Click here for the Game-making Award practice form

LESSON PLANS & WORKSHEETS

·         Lesson 1 - Gameplay Types 

·         Lesson 2 - Characters and Story

·         Lesson 3 - Platforms and Controls

·         Lesson 4 - Marketing your Game

·         Lesson 5 - Programming for Games

USEFUL LINKS

An introduction to YGD

BAFTA Special Award Winner Ian Livingstone discussed the Power of Play in a TED talk

Game-making Software Guide – Created by Abertay University

Behind The Screen - an online learning resource containing curriculum-based videos and exercises to help students with their YGD entries, and develop skills.