Take the next step in the GammaGames video game camp experience! In this program, you'll begin the process of turning a game design into a digital prototype! Working on a design and development team with your peers, you will explore a variety of game design software and learn how to create a professional-looking prototype of your own video game for presentation to potential developers. You’ll delve deeper into the design process, focusing on gameplay, mechanics, rules, music, art, and even marketing and promotion. In the end, you'll be more familiar with the process of creating and building a video game using a variety of tools, such as Twine, GameMaker, Construct 2, Stencyl, RPG Maker and more. You’ll also gain a better understanding of what it takes to see a team project through from start to finish. Each team will present their prototype on Friday, June 26th at the annual GammaGames Prototype Playtest, which is open to family, friends, and invited video game professionals. Note: Previous participation in GG1 is preferred, but students with prior game design experience may request an exception (see Prerequisites section below for more information).
Monday, June 15, 2015 to Friday, June 26, 2015
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Day and Overnight Options Available
Georgia Center for Continuing Education
1197 South Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA 30602
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.
Day Camp - $750
Overnight Camp - $1550
Students must have a strong interest in designing and creating games, a positive attitude and willingness to work as part of a team. Prior participation in GG1 is preferred; students who have not completed GG1 but have previous game design experience can request a waiver by emailing us at email@example.com before registering. Be sure to include the student’s name, age, and a description of his or her prior game design experience, including any known programming languages or design software.
Weekend Stayover Options
This camp runs for two consecutive weeks. After the first week of the program, most students prefer to be picked up on Friday night or Saturday morning and returned on Sunday afternoon for the next week’s check-in. However, if you are traveling a long distance or cannot pick your child up for the weekend of June 20-21, we can arrange weekend stayover plans for your child for an additional fee of $100. Advance notice is required for this option, so please make sure you select this option when you register, or contact us no less than two weeks before camp begins.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Keri Valentine is an Assistant Professor in Mathematics Education at West Virginia University, in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction/Literacy Studies. She earned her Ph.D. in Learning, Design and Technology from the University of Georgia in 2014, and also holds a Master’s in Education from UGA in Middle School Science and Mathematics Education. This is her second year as a Summer Academy instructor.
A detailed list of supplies needed for your camp program will be emailed to you three weeks before camp begins.