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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 Game ProgrammingGain 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#, Oculus Rift, Google Cardboard

Ages: Students 12-17
Hours: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Program: Teen Academy (Two-Weeks)

Staff Ratio: 10:1
Ages: Students 12-17
Hours: Full Day, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Program: Teen Academy (2 Weeks)
Hardware + Software: Unity, C#, Oculus Rift, Google Cardboard


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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Camp Overview + Schedule

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Daily Schedule

8:00 am Check-in + Drop-Off
9:00 am Hands-on Tech Instruction
10:30 am Morning Break
11:00 am Continued Instruction + Creation
12:00 pm Lunch Break
1:00 pm Back to the Classroom
2:30 pm Afternoon Break
3:00 pm Continued Classroom Time
5:00 pm Pick-up

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 Open House

Every Friday at 3:00 PM, parents are invited to our Open House! We open up our classrooms so students can show off the projects they have been working on all week. Meet your child’s instructor and explore more opportunities for them to continue learning and creating. Open House is typically finished by 4:00 PM.

 

Daily Schedule

8:00 am Check-in + Drop-Off
9:00 am Hands-on Tech Instruction
10:30 am Morning Break
11:00 am Continued Instruction
12:00 pm Lunch Break
1:00 pm Back to the Classroom
2:30 pm Afternoon Break
3:00 pm Continued Classroom Time
5:00 pm Pick-up

 

 Tuition Includes

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

Friday Open House

Every Friday at 3:00 PM, parents are invited to our Open House! We open up our classrooms so students can show off the projects they have been working on all week. Meet your child’s instructor and explore more opportunities for them to continue learning and creating. Open House is typically finished by 4:00 PM.

Daily Schedule

8:00 am Check-in + Drop-Off
9:00 am Hands-on Tech Instruction
10:30 am Morning Break
11:00 am Continued Instruction + Creation
12:00 pm Lunch Break
1:00 pm Back to the Classroom
2:30 pm Afternoon Break
3:00 pm Continued Classroom Time
5:00 pm Pick-up

 

Tuition Includes

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

Friday Open House

Every Friday at 3:00 PM, parents are invited to our Open House! We open up our classrooms so students can show off the projects they have been working on all week. Meet your child’s instructor and explore more opportunities for them to continue learning and creating. Open House is typically finished by 4:00 PM.

 

Camp Upgrades

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Lunch Plan

Get lunch on campus so you don’t have to pack your own. Lunch Plans start at $75/week at select locations.

Overnight Housing

Stay in the dorms and eat on-campus, Sunday through Friday. Overnight Housing is $695/week where available.

Weekend Stay

Add Weekend Stay and enjoy extra activities and day trips around the area. Weekend Stay is $395/weekend at select locations.

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What Students Are Saying

“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

The DMA Promise

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.

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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