The Advanced Video Game Design experience is for veterans of the introductory video game camps who want to immerse themselves in the game creation experience. You’ll be placed on a small team, where you’ll work at a fast pace to develop a playable game level from scratch over the course of one week. Students will take on roles like those in the actual game industry, including artist, programmer, designer, and project manager, and will learn about alpha and beta testing, quality assurance, level design, programming, and marketing. This experience will be highly collaborative and extremely challenging, but students will be rewarded with an in-depth experience and a playable product. On the final Friday of camp, teams will present their final projects at the annual Prototype Playtest, which is open to family, friends, and invited video game professionals.
Note: Prior completion of the introductory course is required, and all students must be cleared by the Program Coordinator and Instructors before signing up. The Instructors will work with students to assess their skills and create a program set to their needs and skills.
Monday, July 19, 2021 to Friday, July 23, 2021
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This online camp will run from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day.
Camp - $420
Students must be highly motivated and able to work well on a team. Prior completion of Introductory Video Game Design is required, and all students must be cleared by the Program Coordinator and Instructors before registering for this camp. To request acceptance into Advanced Video Game Design, please contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and be sure to include the student’s name, age and year he/she attended the introductory course. In some cases, the instructor may want to see examples of the student’s prior work or ask the student some questions about their previous experience before acceptance is granted.
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 fifth 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 second year as a Summer Academy instructor.
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Please look for the camp outline for required program supplies in your parent information e-mail sent three weeks before your program.