Game Development Programme

The Game Development Programme provides prospective developers with the chance to gain experience in this growing field, culminating in their own creative project.

Start dates: January* Location: Yarnton Manor, Oxford
Duration: 1 term (10 weeks) Price: £14,995
This course is ideal for: 17s – 25s English requirement: IELTS 5.5 (it is not compulsory to have taken an English test)

*Availability subject to a minimum of 4 students enrolling per term


This course provides computer game enthusiasts a perfect opportunity to gain practical experience, add to a portfolio and investigate the reality of working in the games industry.

“With trips, feasts, lessons and friends like these, the time we have seems far too short.”
Tensurya, Game Development Gap Year student


Game Development Gap Year Course

The Project

The Game Development Gap Year Course focuses on the production of an extended piece of work that the student will conceptualise and produce independently under the guidance of our tutors. This will likely consist of a playable game concept, developed from an idea through to a playable alpha-state project. Students will explore ideas and concepts with their experienced tutors, focusing on game art animation, sketching and modelling 3D designs, before spending the bulk of their time in constructing and refining their game.

Topics Covered

The course introduces the student to some of the fundamental areas of game development and art animation. Students will cover:

  • Scripting
  • Animation
  • Asset Generation and Management
  • Optimisation
  • Quality Assurance Testing
  • Audio

Students will cover key information within these areas of the industry and will also discuss how to get into the industry with current professionals and independent developers. The aim of the course is to give students the best possible preparation and insight into further study and work in the field. Students will be expected to do considerable out-of-class work during the latter phases in order to meet the expectations of their tutors, and to create the best possible game concept.

Why Take the Game Development Programme?

Getting a head-start is vital in a field defined by as much evolution and change as the games industry. ORA’s Game Development Programme will help you grow in understanding of the industry, and, most importantly, a grounding in the practical skills, programmes and systems which are prevalent throughout the industry, in various forms.

Students will have the scope to create games of genuine intricacy – or of ingenious simplicity, should they prefer. Students will be able to supplement their tutorials and lessons with online tuition should they desire it, in more specialised areas, and will do so on top-range Mac computers, with unlimited access to these facilities – again mirroring the dedication shown by many developers!

Register Your Interest

Gap Year Programme interest form
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