18-25 years old
A Ubisoft Montréal initiative, Academia is a series of programs and activities whose mission is to encourage the next generation of digital media experts by introducing the 12-25 to the video games trades and production methods through learning activities adapted to their age and education level.
Academia’s programs and activities are based on the practice and understanding of professional realities belonging 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 in 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.
Academia mobilizes the private sector, public stakeholders and community in general. It works in partnership with educational institutions and is part of a creative, learning and technological environment suited to young people’s needs and practices.
At the present time, there are four programs under the Academia banner: The Base Camp (12-15 years old), the Immersion Camp (15-18 years old), the Game Lab Competition (18-25 years old) and the Summer School (18-25 years old).
The Game Lab Competition invites Bachelor’s and Master’s degree graduates to form teams and create a playable 3D game prototype with tools used in the industry. Each team has to deliver a game design document which respects the constraints imposed on the development of their prototype as well as any other document required by Academia. At the end of the Competition, all submitted prototypes are presented to a jury of experts from Ubisoft and the world of digital media which evaluate the projects and determine the winners of the Academia Awards.
After all students have been assessed individually, some Competition participants will be offered to attend the Academia Summer School. Students are selected at the discretion of the Academia Summer School producer.
In 2013, the theme of the Competition is “Space… the untamed beast”. The Game Lab Competition is organized in partnership with Autodesk and 12 universities from Quebec, Ontario and the USA. Participation to the Competition is credited by participating universities.
In 2014, a few adjustments will be made to the Game Lab Competition. We will publish details in the fall of 2013.
The Academia Game Lab Competition is for students aged between 18 and 25 years old, registered to one of the participating universities and are at the end of their Bachelor’s or Master's degree. Students register to the Competition directly with their academic institution which offers this credited activity in their program. They form a team of 4 to 8 students, which may include students registered to the Competition through other academic institutions.
Should university students at the end of their Bachelor’s or Master's degree wish to take part in the Competition when their university does not participate in the Competition, they may ask a teacher willing to supervise of team of participants to contact the Academia team to submit an application for their university to the Academia Game Lab Competition.
In anticipation of a possible participation in the Academia Summer School, students have to make sure to be available and able to work during the months of May and June and to have a valid work permit, if necessary.
In 2014, a few adjustments will be made to the conditions of participation and registration to the Game Lab Competition. We will publish details in the fall of 2013.
The playable 3D game prototype is developed in the participating universities.
October 30, 2012
End of the registration period to the Academia Game Lab Competition for universities.
April 3 and 4, 2013
Presentation of the playable 3D game prototypes before jury.
April 11, 2013
Academia Game Lab Competition Awards Gala.
(Public event, upon invitation only)
ACFA Multimédia, Établissement d’Enseignement Supérieur Technique Privé (ISTDS)
Champlain College of Vermont
École de Technologie Supérieure
Université du Québec à Chicoutimi
Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue
University of Ontario - Institute of Technology
University of Utah