13~17 year olds - Game Design Summer School

About the course

During this 5 day course you will create a top-down-shooter game for PC’s and Mobiles using Construct 3 Game Making Software. You will be responsible for designing the games story, the characters and programming the game.

You will learn about game design and the processes of designing and creating your own game. The course will focus on the creation of a Mini-Game that can be played on your mobile phone and computers.

What happens in the workshops:

  • Understanding of the overall process of game design, differing practices involved and an introduction to pipelining work
  • Exploration of gaming culture and industry
  • Exploration of game design, narrative and game mechanics
  • Exploration of character design and visual communication of narrative
  • Introduction and practice of computer programming using Construct 3
  • Ability to discuss and present work effectively

Over the 5 days you will learn:

  • Day 1 – Gaming industry and history
  • Day 2 – Creative thinking, brainstorming, idea generation, illustration
  • Day 3 – Designing characters, backgrounds and themes
  • Day 4 - Narrative, aesthetics computer programming and software
  • Day 5 - Games mechanics and game design

You will leave the course with a game designed and created by you that you can share and play with your friends.

Course dates

Monday 01 August to Friday 05 August 2022, 09:30-15:30 - FULLY BOOKED. Please contact ad-shortcourses@herts.ac.uk for more information. 

Course cost 


Contact us

If you wish to discuss this or any other creative art short course please contact the short course team on 01707 285327 or ad-shortcourses@herts.ac.uk

Important information


Signing in is from 9.20am and 9.25am each day in the Art Gallery and the summer workshops will start at 9.30. We finish at 15.30pm. You will need to be picked up promptly at 15.30pm, again from the Art Gallery. Parents and carers, if you have any problems and think that you may be late, please let us know by calling 01707 285327.

Where to find us

For directions of the campus site, please follow the link below where you can download a map of the College Lane Campus:


Drop Off/Collection

The drop off point is the Art Gallery, and you can find this by our wayfinding app here. We suggest you park in one the bays around the nearby Lindop Building for drop off. You can drop off anytime between 9.20am and 9.25am. Collection is promptly at 15.30. nb There is a strict 30-minute limit to free parking. If you are over this time, we suggest paying for a 1-hour car park ticket to avoid a fine from our external parking providers.

The Programme

We have an exciting programme of activities planned. You will find out more about art and design courses and you will be meet practising artists and designers.  Each group will have an assistant art tutor with them for the whole time you are here, and you will meet them on your first morning.  They can help you with any concerns you have while you are here.


Parents/Guardians: When registering, please enrol with your own details. There is a field on the enrolment paperwork where you can enter your son or daughter's name and age.

Emergency Contact

We need contact numbers so we can contact parents/carers at any time.  These details need to be confirmed on the form attached to the email. Should you need to contact us please phone the Short Course Office on 01707 285327. It is very important that we know in advance if you cannot for any reason be collected on time at the end of the day.


Wear suitable and comfortable clothes as you may get messy and dirty (that is what art is all about!).  An overall, apron or large shirt would be ideal.

Food & Drink

You will need to bring your own packed lunch. Water will be available during breaks and lunchtime. 

Materials to bring along

All materials needed for all the summer schools will be provided by the University.


If you need to bring any medication with you, please make sure it is clearly labelled with your child’s name and any instructions. These can be administered by us provided the medical permission form enclosed has been signed by a parent or carer and handed in on arrival on your first day.



Start DateEnd DateDay and TimeCostLink
01/08/202205/08/2022Mon to Fri 09:30 - 15:30£200.00Apply online