Advanced Video Game Protoyping & Development

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 extended 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.

Ages: 13-17

Course Number:


Course Date:
Monday, July 18, 2022 to Friday, July 22, 2022
Course Date Info:

Day and Overnight Options Available
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Extended Day available until 5:30 p.m.
Overnight students check-in on Sunday night at residence hall

UGA Center for Continuing Education & Hotel
1197 South Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA 30602
United States
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 8:30 - 9:00 a.m. 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 - $470

  • Optional Lunch Voucher - $55
  • Optional Extended Day until 5:30 PM - $45
  • Overnight Camp - $600 additional

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 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.


Jef WhatleyJef Whatley has dedicated his life to the study of emerging technology and helping others adapt to the ever-changing digital landscape. Jef has his MA in Instructional Technology from Piedmont University and a BA in German from the University of Alabama. He has spent over a decade as an instructional technologist and research librarian. His attitude towards learning focuses on the application of knowledge outside of the classroom and his main goal is to lead learners to communicate openly and work collaboratively to achieve greater accomplishments. Jef has also been a part of the Athens, GA music scene for nearly 20 years as a musician and staff member/manager at the 40 Watt Club. With additional background in numerous other fields, Jef is constantly looking for new perspectives and experiences that lead to growth and understanding.

What you need for camp/program: 

A detailed list of supplies needed for your camp program will be emailed to you two weeks before camp begins.