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VR & Game Design Academy

Teen Two-Week Camp | Ages 12-17

VR & Game Design Academy

Teen Two-Week Camp | Ages 12-17

Design and Script Your Own Games

Whether you are interested in 3D game design or virtual reality (VR), Unity is the game engine of choice. In this Academy, you’ll learn to work with Unity as you are introduced to the Unity editor and programming in C#. In the second week, you’ll explore the unique challenges of creating content for the emerging field of virtual reality, and develop your skills as an empathetic game designer.

Week 1, Game Design with UnityCreate your own video games that can be explored on a PC, phone, or tablet! You’ll learn the proper workflow to create custom environments, objects and player challenges using Unity. Learn the basics of coding in Unity using the C# programming language.

Week 2, VR & AR App Design with UnityGain deeper knowledge of scripting, learning advanced programming techniques and editing tools. Focus on developing for virtual reality and it’s unique design challenges, whether for a mobile device or the Oculus Rift.

Staff Ratio: 8:1
Hardware + Software: Unity, C#, Google Cardboard, Google VR SDK

Ages: Students 12-17
Hours: 9:00AM – 5:00PM
Program: Level 3 (Two-Week)

Staff Ratio: 8:1
Hardware + Software: Unity, C#, Google Cardboard, Google VR SDK

Ages: Students 12-17
Hours: 9:00AM – 5:00PM
Program: Level 3 (Two-Week)

Basic understanding of algebra is strongly recommended and previous experience with Unity or programming is helpful (though not required) due to the fast-paced nature of this course. This course uses GoogleVR SDK which allows students to test their projects on a mobile device without using an expensive headset.

Course Information

Get ready for a fun and meaningful camp experience through project-based learning

What Students Learn

  • How to use the Unity game engine.
  • Basic scripting using C#.
  • Virtual terrain and environment design.
  • Character movement and controls, UI development, and debugging workflows.
  • Game design techniques for VR environments.

What Students Create

  • A 3D and 2D game for a Unity development portfolio.

More About This Course

Our Game Design courses equip students with the tools to design their own game worlds, characters and elements with the same software as the pros. In our VR & Game Design Academy, students will learn game development skills that can be applied to multiple game engines and programming languages used throughout the industry. This is an excellent Academy for students interested in going beyond gameplay to build and modify games that suit their unique, creative vision. At the end of the Academy, students will take home a Google Cardboard, a portable VR viewer that can be used with your phone to view the worlds you create. Prior experience is not required, however, an understanding of algebra is helpful.

The Teen Experience: Since 2002, DMA has been encouraging and inspiring teens to become the next generation of developers, animators, filmmakers, photographers, designers, and engineers. In addition to developing teens’ interests and passions for the latest in new tech, our camps foster personal growth, confidence, and independence; preparing students for life beyond high school and college.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Google Cardboard?

Google Cardboard is a low-cost, open-source framework for constructing a simple viewer that lets anyone view virtual reality using their mobile phone. Students taking this course will receive a special Digital Media Academy version of the Google Cardboard, which they can take home.

Camp Overview + Schedule

Take a look at your camp schedule, learn more about tuition and explore add-ons.

08:30am
Check-in and drop off
09:00am
Hands-on STEM Instruction
10:30am
Morning Break
11:00am
Continued Instruction + Creation
12:00am
Lunch Break
1:00pm
Back to the Classroom
2:30pm
Afternoon Break
3:00pm
Continued Classroom Time
4:30pm
Pick-up Begins

Tuition Includes

  Digital Media Academy camp t-shirt

  Personalized feedback + Project Achievement Report

  Certificate of Completion

  Google Apps email account + unlimited cloud storage

  Low staff to student ratios

  Alumni Club Membership

Friday Showcase

At the end of each week, attendees can invite their family and friends to join us for a showcase celebration to share their final projects. Learn more about the fun and exciting activities your child experienced during the week and have an opportunity to meet your child’s instructor. Presentations vary by course topic and instructors will highlight some of the important concepts covered during the week and possible next steps to continue your child’s learning. Arrive early as showcase begins at 3:00 and is typically finished by 4:00.

Camp Upgrades

Get the most out of your summer with DMA when you add any or all of the following:

Lunch Plan

Get lunch on campus so you don’t have to pack your own. Lunch Plans start at $68/week at select locations.

Overnight Housing

Stay in the dorms and eat on-campus, Sunday through Friday. Overnight Housing starts at $675/week where available.

Weekend Stay

Add Weekend Stay and enjoy extra activities and day trips around the area. Weekend Stay starts at $405/weekend at select locations.

“DMA is one of most interactive and immersive camps for young developers seeking to find opportunity in programming jobs and game development industries.”

Sahil G.

VR & Game Design Academy

Why Digital Media Academy?

You can count on us to deliver on all the things that truly matter. We pinky swear.

Top-Notch Staff

Educators, artists, and talented industry professionals with a passion for STEM education.

Well-Balanced Experience

Our students enjoy a balanced camp day with both in-class lessons and outdoor activities.

Project-Based Learning

Our curriculum sparks curiosity, builds confidence, and fosters teamwork and collaboration.

Safety Matters

Our staff is First-Aid + CPR certified and have completed national background checks.

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