Summer School of Gaming
We warmly welcome you to participate to the Xamk Summer School of Gaming!
Summer School of Gaming is a one-week program that will be held in Kotka Campus between
July 31 – August 4 2023.
The studies will focus on Essentials of Video Game Creation (3 ECTS) and will teach you how to create a video game by studying concept design and development. The classes will be held by gaming instructors:
- Dr. Jan Storgards, Director, CADGI (Cambridge Academy of Digital Games and Innovation)
- James Shepherd, CEO, Cypherdelic ltd
The required skills for Summer School of Gaming are just some basic computer software skills, but no need to have experience in game development. However, to make your experience more enjoyable, before starting the course, it is strongly recommended to study modules (M11/M14) from Xamk Open University – course Introduction to Video Games Creation.
The whole programme will be in English, so a good understanding of English language is required (preferably B1 level). It´s not required to be a degree student to be able to participate to the programme, however you need to be at least 18 y.o.
The price for Summer School of Gaming starts from 550€ for students from Xamk´s partner universities and 570€ for other students. The price includes tuition, study material, scheduled free time activities, insurance during the scheduled activities and study certificate for recognition of study credits.
During your stay in Finland, you will not only have the opportunity to attend classes carried out by internationally known gaming professionals, but you will also have the chance to visit the world’s largest archipelago and its breathtaking coastline, experience the endless days of Finnish summer and make tons of international friends to share unforgettable memories with.
Xamk retains the right to make changes when necessary.
Where: Xamk Kotka Campus
Price: 550€ (partner university) or 570€ (non-partner university).
Accommodation: not included. For affordable accommodation (25€/night) book at TheRoomz
Requirements: good level of English language, basic computer software skills and min. 18 y.o.
Application period: 1.3-30.4.2023
About XAMK Summer School of Gaming
Games are one of the most exciting, fast moving, and lucrative creative industries worldwide. In the last 20 years the industry has matured to over $200 billion and diversified. There are several key disciplines people can specialise in. The most successful games are creative powerhouses that have revenue returns that far outstrip comparable products in other mediums. Examples include PUBG, GTA series, Need for Speed, Temple Run, Angry Birds, Clash of Clans to name a few massive success stories.
Summer School of Gaming will teach you the essentials of video games creation, game concept design and development in a fun and engaging cultural environment. You will learn the basics of what games are and how they are developed, as well as meet people from all over the world interested in video games creation. At the end of the teaching period, you have completed a full playable game by using our existing game templates. We will guide you through basic use of Unity3D and Visual Studio, C# that are widely used in the industry.
Dr. Jan Storgårds is IVGC Course Leader, entrepreneur, Director of CADGI (Cambridge Academy of Games and Innovation) and CEO of Cambridge Gamechanger ltd. He has over 25 years of experience working in the industry and academia with high technology companies and technology cluster development, including video games and gamification. He holds Dr.Sc. in information systems science in computer games development from Aalto University, Finland.
Prior to his current roles he was Sector Lead for Digital and Creative Industries at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge and a visiting research fellow at University of Cambridge Judge Business School working with, currently mentoring, start-ups and early-stage technology companies including video games studios.
James Shepherd: CEO Cypherdelic Limited. Head of Studio, nDreams working on Ghostbusters VR. Double Bafta and Develop winning executive responsible for delivering multi-million selling products. At Microsoft James created the Xbox One and Xbox live games community ‘Upload’, and the app, ‘Upload Studio’, generating a 6.5 million user base, and 10+ million views in the initial 12 month launch window.
At Sony he had 6 years’ experience as director of a multi project development studio, managing dev teams of up to 200 people, delivering triple ‘A’ products internally and externally on all PlayStation platforms, including, ‘Heavenly Sword’, (PS3,1.6m units, 79% metacritic) and ‘LittleBigPlanet’, (PSP, 2.5m units, 87% metacritic).
Application period for Summer School of Gaming is March 1 – April 30, 2023
To apply to Summer School of Gaming fill in our digital form. In addition to basic information, the following need to be attached to the application:
- 2 minutes video presenting yourself and answering the given questions
- copy of the passport / ID card in PDF
- study certificate from your home university in English in PDF (only if you are a student in one of our partner universities).
Create and submit your application by the deadline! (The link will be available soon)
Kotka is situated on the South coast of Finland, 130 km away from Helsinki. Depending on where you are coming from, there are different means of transport you might find convenient:
- If you are traveling via Helsinki-Vantaa Airport (HEL), we recommend to use train to Helsinki city center and a bus connection to Kotka, Sutela.
- If you arrive in Helsinki by ferry from Tallinn/Riga or via other cities in Finland, please, check VR, Matkahuolto or Onnibus web-pages for the option.
- You can reach Helsinki from Helsinki-Vantaa Airport (HEL) with TRAIN P or I from the train station located inside the airport. You can buy your train ticket from the vending machine at the train station or online at VR railway company.
- Arrived in Helsinki, Kamppi bus station is located at walking distance from Helsinki train station.
- At Kamppi bus station, take a bus that will bring you to Kotka. Remember to book your ticket from Onnibus.
Welcome to Kotka
Kotka is the second largest city in Kymenlaakso County. It is located on the coast of the Baltic Sea, the Gulf of Finland, at the estuary of Kymi river. Kotka is known by its port, industry and maritime festivals. Kotka is also known as a multifaceted city of educational institutions and culture.
Kotka was founded in 1879. Now the population is about 55.000. The area is 750 km2, but most of it is water, 272 km2 is land. Kotka is located 130 km east from Helsinki and 290 km west from St. Petersburg; the highway no 18 runs through Kotka. In the city there are two centres, Kotkansaari (the Isle of Kotka) and Karhula.
The characteristics of Kotka are based on the sea and Kymi river. The Port of HaminaKotka is the biggest universal, export and transshipment port in Finland. The main traffic consists of timber, paper, metal and stone.
Kymi river is famous for fishing, you may catch salmon, pike, whitefish, perch, pikeperch. There are also many possibilities to paddle and shoot the rapids in the river. The archipelago of Kotka consists of tens of islands.
Kotka is a charming maritime city located in the south-east coast of Finland. The city is famous for its nature and its unique parks, such as Sapokka Waterpark and Katariina Seapark. You can also visit Maretarium to discover more about the local aquatic nature and the Maritime Centre Vellamo to learn about the historical battles that took place in the past.
Xamk has an agreement with The Roomz for affordable private furnished rooms with shared common areas, such as kitchen, living room and laundry facilities. The accommodation is fully furnished including sheets, towels, kitchenware and have a free Internet connection.
The price for one week per person in The Roomz is 175€.
We highly recommend to book your staying at The Roomz!
The Roomz is located at Savottakuja 3, 48310, Kotka and the distance between the accommodation and Kotka campus is around 4km. There is a public bus connection between the accommodation and Xamk campus or there is also the possibility to rent a bike for a very affordable price.
You can find other accommodation options e.g. from the following links:
For any questions related to Summer School of Gaming, please contact:
Summer School Project Worker
South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences