Thiruvananthapuram: The British Videogame Academy (BVA) has invited applications for their new diploma course which is scheduled to start on December 1. All training is conducted through weekly online lectures, live conference calls and seminars in Thiruvananthapuram and Bengaluru. The BVA course is taught by current video game industry professionals with many years of experience in developing games for the PC and consoles like the Sony PlayStation and Microsoft Xbox. One of the unique features of the diploma course is the three months video game project in the fourth semester. In this period, all students will get the opportunity to work on an actual commercial video game which is currently in production at a partner studio. This is a game for the PC, VR and game consoles. The Final Videogame Project allows all students, both artists and programmers, to get hands-on industry experience. The students can also use a demo from the Final Videogame Project in their showreel. The other salient features of the BVA courses are guest lectures by current video game industry professionals on specialist subjects such as graphics, audio, networking, game design, texturing and project management; an industry-focused highly practical syllabus for both artists and programmers and an in-house employment cell that arranges job interviews with prospective employers in the videogame industry. Interested students can enrol by visiting the BVA website at www.learngames.co.uk.