Games Design Summer School - Year 12

Course Content

Games Design – Board Game

Your brief: The Gamer mechanics have been planned and developed; however, the game needs a theme and all the elements to make it playable. Your task is to design and make all the elements that will make this game fun and existing. 

You will design the: 

  • Theme/ Story
  • Characters and their mode of transport
  • Board pieces (play arena)
  • Pick up (tokens)
  • Player Mat
  • The rules
  • Display box

This Summer School is suitable for anyone interested in games design and illustration. Delivered over 5 days via a secure online classroom, you will be supported throughout the process from initial conception to an end working product. Throughout the course, you will towards a Bronze Arts Award qualification. You receive an art pack filled with all of the materials you need to develop your ideas and create a working board game. 


  • You must be a current Year 12 student to participate in this course.
  • You must be residing in the UK for the duration of the course.
  • This course will take place via an online platform therefore you must have internet access.

Online Participation

The course will be taking place within an online classroom on Blackboard Collaborate, a secure platform which is used by University for the Creative Arts.

You may wish to participate via audio, though this is not a requirement and we recommend participation via the chat/messaging function on the page. You will not use a webcam or participate via video. All sessions will be monitored and supervised by University of the Creative Arts employees and will be recorded to allow for multiple viewings by students on the course. 

Participants will be sent a secure link to the virtual classroom each week and this will ensure that only students with an approved place on the course and UCA employees will have access to the room. 


Dates & Timings

The course will take place over 5 days starting Monday 27 July.

  • Monday 27 July 2020
  • Tuesday 28 July 2020
  • Wednesday 29 July 2020
  • Thursday 30 July 2020
  • Friday 31 July 2020

The days will follow the below timings:

  • 11.15am - 12.45pm: Online workshop and demonstration
  • 12.45pm - 3.15pm: Break and self-directed study
  • 3.15pm - 4.45pm: Online workshop, demonstration and discussion

How to Apply

To apply for this online summer school, please complete the application form:

Summer School 2020 - application form

Please be aware that we will prioritise applications by individual eligibility. For more information about our admissions criteria, please see here