VR & Game Design Academy

Script. Immerse. Challenge.

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. Find this camp near you >>

Week 1:  Create 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:  Gain 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.

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Academy Details

Learn everything you need to know about the VR & Game Design Academy.

Program Info

Ages: 12 – 17
Hours: Full Day
Tuition: $2,325
Lab Fee: $75
Two-Week

Hardware + Software

Apple Computers
Unity*
Oculus Rift
Google Cardboard

Learning Outcomes

Learn basic game programming and scripting, UI development, 3D game level and character design, and game development for virtual reality.

What You Create

A 2D and 3D game, and a Unity development portfolio.

*Unity Game Engine is free! Download Unity here >>

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Skills + Experience

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

Game Design

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 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 Academy Experience

Our Academies are pairings of two complementary courses, designed to accelerate student proficiency and knowledge in each of our course categories. From week one to week two, students take a deeper dive into the topic, expanding upon their new skills and creating more advanced projects and portfolios.

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Still looking for a camp? Ask us!

DMA summer is in full swing but we still have room - even in some of our most popular courses! See a course you like but don't see any room online? Ask us! In order to prevent over-booking, we close online registration 5 days before the start of camp. Send us an email, chat with us live on site, or call a Camp Advisor at (866) 656-3342 to inquire about adding your ideal camp to your summer itinerary!

 

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Find This Camp Near You

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DMA is one of most interactive and immersive camps for young developers seeking to find opportunity in programming and jobs in the field of technology.

Sahil G.

VR Game Design Student

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Camp Overview

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

Sample Camp Day

8:00 am Drop-Off
Beat the traffic! Drop off anytime between 8:00 and 9:00am.
9:00 am Hands-on Tech Instruction
Learn + Understand
10:30 am Morning Break + Outdoor Activities
11:00 am Continued Instruction + Creation
Application + Guided Practice
12:00 pm Lunch Break
Bring your own or purchase a lunch plan, available at select locations.
1:00 pm Back to Camp
Create, Test, Evaluate + Improve
2:30 pm Afternoon Break + Outdoor Activities
3:00 pm Continued Instruction + Creation
Review + Share
5:00 pm Student Pick-up
Running late? Pick up as late as 5:30pm.

Tuition Includes

Google Apps email account + unlimited cloud storage
Personalized feedback + Project Achievement Report
Certificate of Completion
Digital Media Academy camp t-shirt
Personal Apple workstation for camp
 Low staff to student ratios

Add-Ons Available at Checkout

+ Lunch: Add lunch so you don’t have to bring your own!*
+ DMA Online: Choose a course or subscribe to learn at your own pace.
+ Overnight Housing: Stay on campus Sunday to Friday – includes all meals.*
+ Weekend Stay: Get ready for fun weekend activities and day trips around the area.*

*Meals + Housing available at select locations >>

The DMA Difference

Discover what sets us apart from the competition and why we're the best.

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.

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 DMA version of the Google Cardboard™, which they can take home.

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