Introductory Video Game Design

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Welcome to introductory video game design! 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 Number:

92045

Course Date:
Monday, June 22, 2020 to Friday, June 26, 2020
Course Date Info:

If these dates don't fit your schedule try Introductory Video Game Design: Session B

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

Address:
UGA Center for Continuing Education & Hotel
1197 South Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA 30602
United States
US
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. Early drop off is available between 7:30-8:00am. 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 - $400

  • Optional Extended Day until 5:30pm - $35
  • Optional Lunch Vouchers - $55 (provides 5 lunches)

Overnight Camp - $880

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.

Instructor: 

Larry 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: 

With parental permission, students may bring their own laptop to camp, but Summer Academy at UGA is not responsible for keeping track of students' personal belongings, and is not liable for anything that gets lost or broken.

We recommend that all of our students bring a water bottle and small day bag to carry everyday items/supplies.

Our staff takes great care to provide everything your child needs for their camp’s specific needs. Please look for the camp outline for required program supplies in your parent information e-mail sent three weeks before your camp. Overnight supply lists will be included.