Easter is a time of reflection, of giving and of eating chocolate bunnies … for some reason. It’s also, if you’re a young gamer, the perfect time to catch up on all those games you haven’t had time for. But how about using that same amount of time to learn how to make a game? Microsoft are going to give you that very opportunity this April through the launch of Xbox Academy.

Running out of the official Microsoft store in Sydney’s CBD and in partnership with the Academy of Interactive Entertainment, students aged 14 to 18 will be able to take part in a series of courses over 12 days that provide key insights and lessons from AIE’s experienced teachers on programming and designing video games. Those lucky enough to get involved will go hands-on with the likes of the Unity Game Engine, Adobe Photoshop and Visual Studio, pitching their own ideas to experienced game designers and discovering new skills that can help them progress into a future career.

Xbox Academy runs from April 10th to April 22nd, as part of a month long gaming event (featuring competitions, prizes and plenty of video games for kids and families to get involved with). Anyone interested in participating can submit an application here. Bare in mind, you will need parental approval, so be good and get your folks to sign the required application too. If you get in, we’d love to hear about your experiences and what you hope to learn or create going forward. Enjoy!

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