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Adventures in Minecraft Game Design

Kids One-Week Camp | Ages 9-12

Adventures in Minecraft Game Design

Kids One-Week Camp | Ages 9-12

Design and Build A Minecraft Adventure Map

Minecraft allows players to create their own unique virtual worlds with blocks of material mined from the ground. At the beginning of the week, students will learn how to assess and playtest adventure maps, and then get a preview of different roles of game design, completing a small project in the roles of Artist, Architect, Designer, and Programmer. Through the week, students will work in teams, with one person in each role, to complete a custom adventure map and asset pack.

Staff Ratio: 8:1
Hardware + Software: Minecraft, Photoshop, PC

Ages: Students 9-12
Hours: 9:00AM – 4:30PM

Staff Ratio: 8:1
Hardware + Software: Minecraft, Photoshop, PC

Ages: Students 9-12
Hours: 9:00AM – 4:30PM

Students must have their own Minecraft accounts for camp. Purchase a Minecraft account here

Course Information

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

What Students Learn

  • The roles of a Game Design team
  • Image editing
  • Game mechanics and narrative
  • Project management

What Students Create

  • Resource packs with custom textures
  • Maps and structures to support a game
  • A game design document
  • A playable adventure map

More About This Course

Whether they are just beginning or advanced, students will discover how to build a Minecraft world using Adobe Photoshop and MC Edit or World Edit, and they’ll learn how to use Redstone and command blocks. No matter the previous experience with Minecraft, our Instructors and TAs are prepared to modify the curriculum to ensure that all students are engaged and challenged.

The Adventures Experience: Our Adventures camps give elementary level students, ages 9-12, a meaningful, hands-on introduction to the fundamentals of technology and design-thinking methodology; challenging them to collaborate with their fellow campers to create solutions to real-world problems.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Minecraft?

Minecraft is a “sandbox” game, which lets players create their own world. It allows users to free-build whatever they’d like out of the material they mine from the ground. Players have made everything from working computers to full-scale models of cities from Lord of the Rings. Minecraft is like virtual LEGO’s and can be used as a learning platform!

Does my child need a Minecraft account?

Yes. While no game design or programming experience is required, all students are must have a Minecraft account for this course. You can purchase a standard account and desktop version of Minecraft at minecraft.net/store. Students must bring their account login when they come to class.

Will my child just be playing Minecraft all day?

No. We use Minecraft as a platform to help teach students the various roles required to develop a video game – they stay engaged and learn how to design!

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

Tuition Includes

  Personalized feedback + Project Achievement Report

  Certificate of Competency

  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

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Lunch Plan

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

Extended Stay

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

“I liked that we got to work together with other people to build our own adventure map in Minecraft!”

Harry L.

Adventures in Minecraft Game Design

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.