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Game Development Academy with VR

Two-Week Academy | Ages 12-18

Game Development Academy with VR

Two-Week Academy | Ages 12-18

Develop Your Own Game from Concept to Deployment

Everyone loves a good game and they’ve come a long way since the days of Atari. At Digital Media Academy, our goal is to empower students to become creators of digital media rather than just consumers. Creating your own game or virtual reality experience in this course leaves will leave you with a significant personal and professional accomplishment in this emerging field. Using the industry-leading Unity development framework you’ll spend two weeks building new worlds, developing games with Unity, and creating your own game or virtual reality experience.

Week 1, Intro to Game Design with UnityStudents will learn to use the Unity editor to create levels and environments, program mechanics in C#, and create a few guided projects. Afterward, students work together or independently to create their own game with assets and mechanics of their choice.

Week 2, Game Development with Unity and VRLearn the best ways to use the Unity game development engine and tackle the unique design challenges that arise when developing for Virtual and Augmented Reality. You’ll learn how the game engine controls everything from moving platforms to artificial intelligence. Plus, you’ll explore the basics of C# programming.

Join Digital Media Academy for this two-week immersive academy to develop your own experiential games.

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

Ages: Students 12-18
Hours: 8:30AM – 5:00PM

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

Ages: Students 12-18
Hours: 8:30AM – 5:00PM

Students must bring their own mobile device. iPhone: iPhone 6s or newer operating at least iOS 8. Android: version needs to be 4.1 or newer.

Basic understanding of algebra is strongly recommended and 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 impactful educational experience through project-based learning

What Students Learn

  • The power of programming
  • Syntax and how it is interpreted
  • Game design and development processes
  • How to use the Unity game engine
  • Virtual terrain and environment design
  • Character movement and controls, UI development, and debugging workflows
  • Game design techniques for VR environments
  • Create, edit, and experience 3D environments
  • Program game mechanics and basic scripting using C#
  • Learn 3D level design for VR games
  • Craft games or stories to be experienced in VR or AR
  • Understand concepts like geolocation and stereoscopic vision

What Students Create

  • Two guided projects: flappy bird and a space shooter
  • One independent project
  • Several Unity 3D environments and scripts
  • 3D Competitive levels
  • A customized player character
  • Unique player abilities
  • A 3D and 2D game
  • 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 Game Development Academy with VR, 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, Digital Media Academy 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.

What phones are compatible with Google Cardboard and VR glasses?

For a list of compatible phones, please check out this site.

Camp Overview + Schedule

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

Check-in and drop off
Hands-on STEM Instruction
Morning Break
Continued Instruction + Creation
Lunch Break
Back to the Classroom
Afternoon Break
Continued Classroom Time
Pick-up Begins
Pick-up Ends
Extended Day Begins

Tuition Includes

  Personalized Feedback + Student Achievement Report

  Diploma or Certificate of Completion

  Full Adobe Creative Cloud license for up to 12 months

  Unlimited Google Apps and Email Account

  Low staff to student ratios

  Take home select technology hardware

  Alumni Club Benefits

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 Digital Media Academy when you add any or all of the following:

Lunch Plan

Make things easy and get lunch on campus so you don’t have to pack your own. Lunch Plans start at $95/week at select locations.

Overnight Housing

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

Extended Day

Our flexible Extended Day option allows families to pick-up students as late as 6:00 PM from Monday to Thursday at all locations.

Weekend Stay

Add Weekend Stay and enjoy extra activities and day trips around the area. Weekend Stay starts at $380/weekend at select locations.

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

Sahil G.

Game Development Academy with VR

Why Digital Media Academy?

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

The Best Staff

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

A 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, while fostering teamwork and collaboration.

Safety Matters

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