Introductory Video Game Design

Welcome to Video Game Design Online Weekend Camp Workshop! In this virtual workshop, you will learn about and practice video game design. Our workshop days consist of reviewing the basics of video game design, making individual video game design projects, and sharing our design work. Participants are introduced to a set of video game design tools and given support in using them to create small games and design ideas that are sharable online. As we explore and experiment with video game design tools and ideas, our group begins to function as a design collective. Crucially, this camp will emphasize video game design, not computer programming, which means campers will not be given direct instruction in writing computer language (e.g., Python). Across both days of the workshop, participants will expand their design methodologies as they gain experience with building and sharing playable video game design ideas within a supportive video game design collective.

Ages: 14-17

Course Date Info:

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Students will be using UGA’s eLearning Common and Collaborate Ultra for this course. Students will be e-mailed their access information one week before the program and will be able to log-in to their program each day at 8:45 a.m.



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.


Larry McCallaLarry McCalla earned his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia in Learning, Design, and Technology with an emphasis on Creativity and is currently a postdoctoral instructor at The University of Georgia. His research foci are games for learning, design thinking, and creativity. In addition to this research experience, Larry is an instructional designer with proficiencies in web languages, development of learning materials, graphic design, and development within the Unity 3D game engine. His counseling experience extends back to his high school days when he was both camper and counselor at Pine Island Camp for Boys in Belgrade, Maine. He earned both his A.B. in English and his M.Ed. in Instructional Design and Development at The University of Georgia. This is Larry’s fourth year as a Summer Academy instructor.

What you need for camp/program: 

Students must have a computer or tablet that has Internet access and one of the following browsers installed: Google® Chrome™, Apple® Safari®, Mozilla® Firefox®, and Microsoft® Edge. Please visit Brightspace Browser Support in the Community for further details about the Browser Support Lifecycle. Starting January 1, 2020, eLC will no longer be supported on Microsoft® Internet Explorer®.

Please look for the camp outline for required program supplies in your parent information e-mail sent three weeks before your program.