Advanced Video Game Protoyping & Development

The Advanced Video Game Design Online experience is for veterans of the introductory video game camps who want to immerse themselves in the game creation experience. In addition to instructor-led virtual sessions, students will be given the opportunity to form small design groups who will virtually collaborate to develop a playable game level from scratch during our week together. Students may take on roles similar to those in the actual game industry, including artist, designer, and writer, as they learn how to manage a complex project through the kind of virtual collaborations found in the video game design industry for years. This online camp will be collaborative and challenging, but students can look forward to a rewarding in-depth experience and a playable game level they can share with friends and families, not to mention college admission boards. 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. Note: Prior completion of the introductory course is required, and all students must be cleared by the Program Coordinator and Instructors before signing up.

Ages: 13-17

Course Date Info:

Online camp will run from 9 a.m. to 3 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 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 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.