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 similar to 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

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Course Date:
Monday, July 15, 2019 to Friday, July 19, 2019
Course Date Info:

Day and Overnight Options Available
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 8-8:30am. 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.


Day Camp - $420

Overnight Camp - $900

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 is currently a doctoral student and instructor at The University of Georgia. His program is Learning, Design, and Technology and 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 third year as a Summer Academy instructor.

Brad Robinson is a doctoral student in the Department of Language and Literacy Education at the University of Georgia. He is a National Board Certified teacher in English Language Arts with over a decade of experience in North Carolina's public schools. His research explores the intersections of literacy and technology—including video games!—in formal and informal educational spaces. This is Brad’s second 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. A detailed list of supplies needed for your camp program will be emailed to you three weeks before camp begins.