FAQs

FAQs

Will we have to buy software for the Gaming Course?

No but make sure you have access to the following software in advance of taking the course – both are free – www.unity3D.com and www.scratch.mit.edu

For Animation do I need to purchase the Anime Studio Debut 8 software for home use?

It is not essential to purchase the software as our students will be given access to it in the computer studio during classes. However you may consider buying it. We recommend downloading the free 30 day trial initially – available here http://anime.smithmicro.com/

Your child will be given optional exercises to do at home and if they are keen to do these, they will need access to the software. After the initial period, if your child is still engaged and wants to develop his/her skills then buying the software is probably a very worthwhile investment – at approx 45 euro a licence, it’s only the cost of a typical game on new release but it offers a much more constructive use of a child’s time.

What computer skills do the students need to have?

As long as your child has used a computer in some form, we do not expect them to have any specific computer or technical skills. Obviously the more familiar they are with using PCs, games and any software tools, the faster they are likely to pick up on how to use the animation software they will be thought. Most children will not have used the animation and gaming tools we will be using therefore children will not feel left behind. Older children are likely to learn faster though and for larger groups the age groups will be split for this reason.

What will students have to show at the end of the course?

At the end of the course, each student will have saved their own project so fizgiggers can show their cool stuff to friends and family. Certain work may also be featured on the FizGig website.


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