Microsoft and AIE launch Xbox Academy in Sydney in April

Brodie Fogg 24 March 2017

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Sydney kids will have the chance to learn about game design and programming these school holidays.

These Easter school holidays, Sydney kids will have the chance to partake in a game development course at Microsoft's flagship store in Sydney. Any high school student from the age of 14 can register for the course, which runs from 10 April to 22 April.

The course, which was developed in collaboration with Sydney's Academy of Interactive Entertainment (AIE), will consist of three classes; Game Programming: How to Build and Adventure Game, Game Design: Design the Next Blockbuster and Develop Games on Xbox One S.

Each Xbox Academy graduate will receive a certificate upon completion and a selection of Xbox merchandise, including TV shirts, hoodies, gamer pins, drink bottles, tags and USBs.

Xbox Academy follows Microsoft's gaming month (20 March to 16 April), which includes weekly game competitions for Forza: Horizon 3, FIFA, Tekken Tag 2 and NBA2K17. Players have the chance to win a related Xbox One S bundle.

Hopeful Xbox Academy students have to register before classes kick off by following this link.

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Here's the description for each class from Microsoft's curriculum:

Game Programming: How to build an adventure game

Learn how to build a 3D Platformer – Adventure game using Unity Game Engine and the C# programming language. Taught by experienced game developers, participants will create a world for their character to explore, run, jump and collect items. Give your player an attack move and some enemies with simple A.I. to defeat.

Game Design: Design the Next Blockbuster

Design a game and develop a pitch to sell your idea for the next blockbuster game. Learn about the game design process, the key aspects of a game pitch and how to effectively present your idea. Participants will be using Adobe Photoshop to draw directly onto the Surface Pro 4. Pitch and get feedback on your idea from experienced Game Designers.

This course is perfect for young women and men interested in taking the first steps to a future in design and computer science in the videogames industry!
Develop Games on Xbox One S

Develop Games on Xbox One S

How great would it be to make a game and run it on your own Xbox One S! Learn how to do just that by setting up a PC and Xbox One S for Universal Windows Platform (UWP) development. Participants will work on a game in development and use Visual Studio, deploy it to an Xbox One S to play. Tweak core mechanics and make a unique gameplay experience.

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