For FE Students looking to learn more about the games industry

Pathways are thrilled to partner up with SideFest, a gaming events community in Leicester, to bring a week long game jam for students in FE Colleges across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

Using Twine (an open-source tool for telling interactive, nonlinear stories), and working in groups, you will build a short narrative video game around a pre-determined topic. By the end of the week your projects will employ writing and programming skill. If you want to stretch your groups’ skills further then more advanced projects can include web development, art / photography, audio / voice acting.

On completing the project, you will have gained experience in one or several of the following areas:

  • Programming,
  • Game art,
  • Writing,
  • Sound design,
  • and web development.

The aim is to experience a variety of disciplines featured in the video games industry, and to identify a preferred role for future development. There will be talks from industry experts and students so you can learn more about the world of working in the games industry.


Monday 5 July – Friday 9 July for teaching sessions. Times TBC


Virtually via Discord – links to the server will be sent to successful applicants

Who should apply?

Students on Extended Diploma L3 in any Computer Science or ICT related course at FE College.

Or students on Extended Diploma L3 courses at College with an interest in the video games industry

How do I apply?

Use the booking link to the side to fill in our short application form. Deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday 28 June 2021.

We are limited to 30 places on this event. Priority will be given to those students on Computing or Information Technology Extended Diploma Level 3 courses from New College Stamford, Leicester College, Loughborough College and NWSLC.

We are particularly keen to get applications from students who are the first in their family to consider going to Higher Education (like University or Foundation degree).


Image by Memed_Nurrohmad from Pixabay

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SideFest Game Jam Summer 2021

Date & time

Monday, 05/07/2021 - Friday, 09/07/2021

(All Day)

  • Pathways
  • SideFest Ltd
With the chance to talk to Game Developers and students you'll be able to learn more about the career roles and opportunities in the video game industry

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