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The University of Southampton
Winchester School of Art

Games Design Summer School

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Please note: Booking has closed for the WSA Summer Schools 2017. Please check back for information on our future courses, as information becomes available.


The games industry makes $60bn a year. It is a creative, experimental medium bursting with interesting, weird and challenging ideas and needs more designers, artists and creative thinkers. The Games Design and Art Summer School introduces what games are, what the games industry is and where it could be going, through the process of making games.

On this course, you will have an opportunity to study with a design and computer specialist, learning to create games assets and understand user experience, alongside the coding skills to bring your games to life. We have no expectation of prior coding skills – you will develop these skills and more in order to make and develop your own games, with access to software including Maya, ZBrush, Unity 3D, and Adobe Creative Suite.

The course will consist of a series of masterclasses in games design and production, taking you from putting pencil to paper to finalising your ideas within a game engine. You will learn:

By the end of the course you will have developed the skills to combine all these elements to release your game and enter the world of games design.


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Information for International Students

International students will be staying in our own purpose-built, student accommodation on a self-catering basis, although we include meal vouchers for breakfast and lunch at the WSA café on tuition days. While in the UK you will see the places and sights which helped to shape British history and culture, which will provide inspiration for your Photography or Games Design and Art projects.

At Winchester School of Art you will learn self-confidence, teamwork, communication and problem-solving skills, as well as a experiencing academic life. If you are considering full-time study, we are confident that the Summer School will help you to decide that Winchester School of Art is the right choice for you and give you a strong basis from which to apply.

From these tutors international students will gain first-hand experience of teaching methods in the United Kingdom and learn how to apply research in order to build a stronger and more creative portfolio of work. As a Summer School student you will also have access to the Winchester School of Art library which boasts an extensive art and design collection.

Any questions or enquiries about the Summer School should be directed to Craig Wadman via

VISA Information

Once an international student has paid his/her deposit, we will issue an invitation letter to enable the student to apply for a Short-term Study Visa. For further information on Short-term Study Visas, please see

For further information on the visa application process, please see

If you wish to make an enquiry about a visa, please do so here


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