12-15 years old
Academia is a series of programs and activities whose mission is to encourage the next generation of digital media experts by introducing and educating young people from age 12 to 25 years old to the video games trades and production methods through learning activities based on the age and education level of participants.
Academia’s programs and activities are based on the practice and understanding of professional realities related to the culture of innovation and entrepreneurship. They allow young people to learn the skills and abilities highly valued in the world of digital media and even to explore various aspects of this field by working under real video game production conditions.
Academia aims for excellence by encouraging students’ academic perseverance: it supports their career path and celebrates their achievements and successes. Its programs and activities are complementary to those offered by existing schools and academic institutions. They allow participants to use their creativity as well as their sense of innovation and leadership.
At the present time, there are four programs under the Academia banner: The Ubisoft Base Camp (12-15 years old), the Ubisoft Immersion Camp (15-18 years old), the Ubisoft Game Lab Competition (18-25 years old) and the Ubisoft Summer School (18-25 years old). Academia is a Ubisoft Montreal’s initiative managed the Human Resources Department.
The Ubisoft Base Camp brings participants to discover the process behind the creation and production of a video game by creating and producing a boardgame. Participants take part in a creative workshop and conferences and use the Toon Boom technology under the supervision of experts in the digital arts.
The Ubisoft Base Camp aims to encourage the development of leadership, project management and team work in participants.
Every camp's cohort welcomes 20 young people for a one-week duration. At the end of the camp, each team present their final game to parents and friends.
Listen to an interview with Academia and a young camper of the 2013 Base Camp on CBC Radio One!
The Ubisoft Base Camp is for students aged from 12 to 15. To participate, they have to complete the registration form available on this page.
Please note that the registration form is available only for the duration of the registration period. In 2013, the registration period will go from mid-December 2012 to February 1st, 2013 for the Camp of March 4 to 8.
$200 plus taxes ($229.96), after selection is confirmed. Campers for the week of March 4 to 8 are selected during the week of February 4, 2013, based on eligibility criteria, information provided in their registration forms and the number of places available.
Payment is made by check payable to Ubisoft Entertainment Inc. Please send the check to the care of Mr. Philippe Turp, Ubisoft Entertainment Inc., 5055 St-Laurent Blvd., Montreal, Quebec, H2T 1S6.
From March 4 to 8, 2013
Centre NAD, 405 Ogilvy Ave., 3rd Floor, Montreal
École Pierre-de-Coubertin, 4700 Lavoisier Street, Saint-Léonard, Montreal
Ste-Anne College, 1250 St.Joseph Blvd., Lachine, Montreal (closed group, registration unavailable)
From July 8 to 12, 2013
Séminaire de Sherbrooke (group reserved for the Sherbrooke region)
The duration of the Base Camp is one week, from Monday to Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Each participant must bring his/her lunch.