Summer Academy Camps

GG 1: Video Game Design

Gamma Games Video Game Design

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Welcome to the introductory GammaGames experience! In this camp, you’ll work with a team to create an idea for a video game, developing a “pitch” to present on the final day to the public and invited video game pros! You’ll learn about how the video game industry works, and which specialty areas you might be interested in pursuing. You will be given some time to research video games, where you’ll learn to evaluate and critique a variety of game types. The majority of time will be spent working with your team, creating a presentation (or “pitch”) that includes a storyline, characters, gameplay and level descriptions, scoring and even art and music. You’ll leave this camp with a solid understanding of how to work on a design team, which will equip you with better communication, cooperation, and project management skills for the future. Note: The focus here is on design, and not programming – no specific computer language is taught in this camp.

Ages: 11-17

Course Information

Course Number:

85037

Course Date: Monday, June 8, 2015 - Friday, June 12, 2015
Course Date Info:

Day and Overnight Options Available
8:30am-3:30pm
Extended Day (Pool) available until 5:30pm
Overnight students check-in on Sunday night at residence hall

Address:
Georgia Center for Continuing Education
1197 South Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA 30602
United States
Location Info:

Overnight students will check in at the residence hall on Sunday evening and check out on Saturday morning. Day students will check in on Monday morning between 8-8:30am. Classrooms are located around campus, and students may travel by foot, bus or university vehicle to get to classrooms or other camp activities. More details will be available in your confirmation email and in the welcome email sent out three weeks before camp begins.

Cost:

Day Camp - $360

  • Optional Extended Day at Legion Pool until 5:30pm - $35

Overnight Camp - $760

Prerequisites:
Students must have a strong interest in designing and creating games – not just playing them! Students will be placed on a team and asked to work together to develop an idea and create a pitch, so a positive attitude and willingness to work with others is a must.

Financial Assistance:
Students who need financial assistance are encouraged to request it as early as possible, and before registering for camp. Forms will be available for download in the right hand column of this page as soon as registration opens, and will be processed in the order they are received. Notification of financial assistance will be emailed out beginning in mid-May, and could be sent as late as three weeks before your camp begins if funds are still available. Awards range from 50-65% of the total cost of the camp, so students should be prepared to pay 35%-50% of the cost upon notification of financial assistance. Payment plans can be arranged, but all payments must be received no later than two weeks before camp begins. If you have any questions about the process, please call us at 706-542-3537 or email us at questions [at] georgiacenter [dot] uga [dot] edu.

Instructor: 

Lucas Jensen is currently finishing his Ph.D. in Learning, Design and Technology. He holds a Master's in Education in Instructional Design and Development, as well as a Master's in Education in Social Science Education, both from the University of Georgia. He currently teaches undergraduate courses for UGA and James Madison University on visual literacy and the use of technology in the workplace. This is his seventh year as a Summer Academy instructor.

What you need for camp/program: 

A detailed list of supplies needed for your camp program will be emailed to you three weeks before camp begins.