Introductory Video Game Design

Welcome to Introductory Video Game Design Online! In this virtual camp, you will learn about the video game design process and the video game design industry. In addition to instructor-led virtual sessions, students will have opportunities to explore video game design individually and through virtual collaborations and play with peers. Students will also be equipped with the time, resources, and instructional support to develop an individual or virtually collaborative project. Projects might include developing a pitch for a video game, assembling a portfolio of video game concept art, editing a video game review video, or designing a playable prototype. Because this summer’s camp will be hosted virtually, the daily schedule will consist of interactive virtual sessions with instructors and students alongside individual work sessions. 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). Instead, campers will leave this camp with a solid understanding of the video game design process and industry, and our instructional team is committed to providing a fun, supportive, interactive, and well-organized virtual experience for all students.

Ages: 11-17

Course Date Info:

Online camp will run from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day.


Camp - $400

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 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.

William Terrell Wright is a Ph.D. student at The University of Georgia in the Department of Language and Literacy Education who specializes in media literacy and digital technologies. In addition to supervising teacher candidates in their middle and secondary ELA placements in surrounding school systems, he also teaches the ‘Digital Tools and Social Media in English Education’ course each Fall. In the College of Education at large, he helps to coordinate faculty development workshops regarding Innovations in Teaching Technology (ITT), the most recent of which focused on virtual reality (VR) technologies. Before coming to Georgia, William received his Master’s in Secondary English Education from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and spent three years as a high school English teacher. In his spare time, William roller skates, plays video games, and backpacks in the nearby Blue Ridge Mountains. This is William’s first year as a Summer Academy instructor.

What you need for camp/program: 

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 four weeks before your camp.