This Fall, The Center for Games and Playable Media will accept applications for the Student Project Incubator Studio. SPIN Studio is an intensive three-month summer program that funds student teams to work on a game or playable media project. The project must be releasable by the end of the summer. Applications are open to any current students who meet the qualifications. The students are encouraged to form a team of not more than 3 core members.
The projects should be innovative and drive forward our understanding of games and playable media in some way. They can be game-based or not, but must fit in the category of “playable media,” meaning computational and deeply interactive. The project can be on any platform. We strongly encourage students to choose platforms and technology that fit both the nature of the project and their skill sets.
October 1: Info Session for potential applicants.
November 19: Applications due.
December 3: Accepted teams notified.
January 4: Team bios, game info for website.
May 24: Orientation.
June 24: Studio begins.
September 20: Demo Day for finished projects.
SPIN offers a $2000/month stipend to each participant for living expenses. We also cover licenses for software, equipment costs, lab fees, development licenses, and other necessary supplies. We encourage students to submit their work to festivals and competition and we will cover the costs of entry fees for up to three submissions per team.
In addition, SPIN has set aside funds to assist in the production of a promotional video.
SPIN is project-based and participants will spend the bulk of their time in lab work. We offer these additional resources:
- A faculty mentor and a graduate student mentor, with office hours available for consultation.
- An industry mentor assigned to each team.
- Regular critiques, design reviews, and play tests.
- Special workshops and guest lectures in relevant material offered by industry experts.
- Field trips to events for networking opportunities.
- PR and Marketing strategy assistance.
- A Demo Day to show off finished projects.
How to Apply:
There will be an info session with Q&A for interested potential applicants on Oct 1, 2012. In addition, you can email Jane Pinckard at the Center for Games and Playable Media for more information: email@example.com.
The application has four parts:
1. A playable prototype for a game or playable experience that can be realistically finished and released by the end of Summer 2013.
2. A team of up to 3 students who agree to commit to the project 100% over the summer. (Other students may volunteer to help out but SPIN will only fund up to 3 members per team.)
3. A development plan, including a milestone schedule, deliverables, and roles or tasks for team members.
4. A marketing and/or monetization plan; a distribution strategy.
Your application materials will be reviewed by a group of faculty, staff, and industry advisors.
For help on any application materials, please attend the information session on October 1 (time and venue TBD) or contact Jane Pinckard: firstname.lastname@example.org.