Parents keen to help their children develop useful new skills or learn a fun hobby which could see them on the fast track to a sought after career are being encouraged to consider 3D art, animation and coding clubs as the UK’s booming games industry continues to develop into a world leader.
According to the latest figures from the Association for UK Interactive Entertainment, the UK games industry is valued at £5.11bn, with the nation’s talent responsible for hit games such as Grand Theft Auto V and Batman Arkham Knight. There are over 2000 games companies in the UK – making it a potential giant of the UK’s future digital-first economy.
Software Academy, founded by Creative Media university lecturer Ali Nemati, specialises in teaching kids useful skills including 3D art, animation, coding and games design with term-time after school sessions once a week and camps during school holidays.
With figures showing that the overhauled computer science GCSE offered a part of the National Curriculm is failing to hit the mark, specialist classes designed to tap into kid’s interests while also equipping them with useful, marketable skills are a fun, interesting and fresh extra-curricular activity.
Software Academy founder Ali Nemati says, “The UK is Europe’s biggest games design industry and the games sector workforce is growing four times faster than the UK average. The games market is 2.6 times bigger than the music market in the UK but with computer science failing to make the grade in classrooms around the country, pupils are missing out on what could be a fun subject as well as a chance to boost their job prospects with practical skills.”
Software Academy’s after school club classes teach industry skills to games makers of the future. The classes are designed to be entertaining as well as educational, with different techniques swapped in each week to help students remain eager to learn throughout the duration of the course. The classes teach students everything they need to know to make a 3D video game, including 3D Modelling, texturing, animation, level design and coding.
Software Academy classes are suitable for kids aged 9 – 17, with no previous coding or design skills required. The software used in the course can be downloaded for free, so no expensive investment is required and the first session is offered at no cost.
A series of school holiday camps are also offered throughout the year, with workshops taking placed 10am – 3pm during school holidays.
Find out more at https://www.softwareacademy.co.uk/