learning at The National Videogame Arcade
We want everyone to have the opportunity to learn how to make videogames at the NVA. From summer-camps and after-school clubs to regular workshops and outreach events, we deliver a full and exciting programme of learning to inspire everyone.
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our core activities
Our fortnightly after-school club for young game developers to get together to learn about making games, develop their skills, and meet like minded people.
Every other Wednesday.
Want to spend half-term making new friends and making videogames? Devcamp is an intensive week-long game-making course, held over the holidays.
Want to get started in game-making? Our 10 week series of sessions, held during term time on a Saturday morning, is the perfect starter.
Upcoming Education Activities
The NVA is Celebrating Retro Week!
As part of our celebrations we will be running a workshop that will teach you how to create and animate your own pixel art sprites!
The NVA is celebrating Retro Week!
Come and learn how to make your own 2D retro game using Gamemaker Software.
Gamemaker has been used by professional game developers around the world to create stunning games. Popular titles include Undertale and Nidhogg!
This workshop is perfect for those who are starting out or looking to move on from Scratch. No previous programming experience is necessary to take part in this workshop.
Explore level designs in our favourite Nintendo games and have a go at designing your own level using Scratch! Scratch is a wonderful tool to start your programming journey.
No previous programming experience necessary.
It’s Marvel Vs. Star wars week at the NVA!
Light saber? Tesseract? Millenium Falcon? Infinity stone? Which one will you create?
Learn the basics of 3D modelling using the software Blender.
Earn points for your chosen team by taking part in this brand new workshop!
This week is analogue week at the NVA and our resident dungeon master will be walking you through how to build a world that will engage, immerse and captivate your players. Come and play a large scale D&D session and learn how tabletop practices can be utilised in video game development.
The NVA is celebrating analogue week!
‘You come to a clearing in the forest… A well lit path leads to the left and a darker, overgrown path leads to the right. Which path will you take..?’
This workshop is about exploring interactive stories. You will learn how to create your own interactive story game using the software Twine. You will develop your creative writing skills as well as learn a little HTML programming to bring your stories to life as interactive games.