Game Design Academy – Overview


Get Inside the Game

Teens ages 15 to 18 experience what it’s like to work at today’s top game design studios. At Emagination’s Game Design summer camp, they learn design principles using industry standard software then join a development team to build a playable 3D console game. On the last day of the program teams present their games to a panel of industry pros for critique and feedback. The program also includes a game studio tour and guest speakers.

Game Design Academy at Emagination Tech Camps

Locations / Dates / Tuition – It’s worth the Trip

Two-Week Overnight STEM Program — Weekend Included

Emagination’s Game Design Academy spans two weeks (13 days, 12 nights) with the weekend included in tuition. There are no prerequisites except for a strong desire to experience the video game development process as it is practiced in the industry today. Our game design camp is immersive with teens first learning software and game design principles which are then put to work on a development team to create a playable game — all in two weeks!

There is plenty of time allotted each day to Get Unplugged in outdoor games and swimming. In the evening participants have time for recreation, gaming, working on their game and just hanging out in the dorm with new camp friends.

Fun on the weekends includes outdoor games, gaming tournaments and time to relax with fellow game designers.

At Emagination Game Design Academy

Learn the Valuable Skills of Today’s Professionals

Teens learn the key technical and creative components of video game design including level design and function, the creation of 3D characters, lighting, sound effects and programming.

They learn to use industry standard software including 3ds Max © and Maya © from Autodesk; Adobe Photoshop ©; and Unreal Engine 4 from Epic Games.

Join a Development Team

Teens choose their role on a development team. Roles include Level Designer, 3D Animator, Audio Artist, Story Writer, Programmer, and Game Tester (everyone’s a Game Tester!). Campers experience working collaboratively on a team to reach milestones in the design process and the need for teams to meet deadlines teaches time management skills.

Build a Playable 3D Game

Lead Designers (aka the Instructors) oversee development teams as they decide on game elements and use an industry standard Design Document to build a playable 3D game powered by Unreal Engine 4.  Teams work to construct the game world, create 3D characters and animations, select the sound and music, program objects and controls and create the menus

Learn from Guest Speakers

Guest speakers come to campus for Inside Gaming. These industry professionals share design insights and an inside look at working in this $100 billion global industry. It’s interactive with participants having the opportunity to ask questions as they are developing a game.

Tour a Game Design Studio

We tour a local game design studio to see the pros in action. Emagination’s students have toured Blizzard Entertainment, EA Games, Turbine Studios, Hi-Rez Studios, to name a few.

Expert Panel of Industry Pros

Development teams present their games to a panel of industry pros for critique and awards on the last day of the program. And, everyone receives an Emagination Diploma.

Gaming at Night and Daily Recreation

Of course there’s console and network gaming tournaments at night (its research!) and time each day for games on the field and swimming in the pool. Take part in dodge ball, kickball, soccer, ultimate Frisbee, dodge ball and swimming. The choice is yours!

It’s Worth the Trip!

Emagination Game Design attracts teens from Across America and around the world to our summer camp locations at Mercer University Atlanta Campus and Bentley University near Boston. Campers arrive by car, plane or train. We pickup and drop off at airports and other transportation terminals. Learn more at Transportation Assistance

Space is limited — Register today!

Options for 14 & Under

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