Game Design & Modding with Minecraft

Code. Design. Customize.

Become a better crafter and gain valuable Java programming experience when you learn how to create personalized Minecraft game mods. Work directly with Minecraft’s Java-based source code to create new types of blocks, ores, custom armor, and items within the game. Learn how to customize the player experience and keep the game fun, balanced and uniquely yours!

First, you’ll decompile Minecraft and set up an Eclipse development environment. Then you’ll add and edit the game elements you want to modify. You’ll leave with a custom Minecraft Forge mod that’s ready for you to load and play. Find this camp near you >>


Course Details

Learn everything you need to know about Game Design & Modding with Minecraft.

Program Info

Ages: 12 – 17
Hours: 9am – 5pm
Tuition: $1,195

Hardware + Software

Apple computers
Eclipse IDE
Forge API

Learning Outcomes

You’ll the basics of Java programming using object-oriented coding while modifying source code and discovering the game design process.

What You Create

Each student will create a custom Minecraft game experience and mods that you can take home and play.

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


Skills + Experience

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

Learn Game Design

Our Game Design courses prepare students with the skills they need to work in professional game design and computer science careers. Game Design & Modding with Minecraft uses an already widely popular game as a vehicle to develop stronger programming skills while keeping students entertained in something they already love. Students who are creative and interested in game design, or just video games, will love learning the science behind how their games work. This course does recommend some experience as a foundation, however DMA Online has a great fundamentals course to get students caught up!

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.

Sunglasses: Summer is Here

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!



Find This Camp Near You

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I really liked learning programming and making mods for video games! This is the best camp I’ve been to!

Charles N.

Game Design & Modding with Minecraft Student


Camp Overview

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

Sample Camp Day

8:30 am Drop-Off
9:00 am Hands-on Tech Instruction
Learn + Understand
10:30 am Morning Break + Chill
11:00 am Continued Instruction + Creation
Application + Guided Practice
12:00 pm Lunch Break
Bring your own or purchase a lunch plan at select locations
1:00 pm Back to Camp
Create, Test, Evaluate + Improve
2:30 pm Afternoon Break + Chill
3:00 pm Continued Instruction + Creation
Review + Share
5:00 pm Student Pick-up

 Extend your camp day by adding Overnight Housing at checkout!

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

I don't have any programming experience, can I take this course?

We suggest some experience with programming before taking this course for a more enjoyable experience. If your student has never done any programming, we recommend considering DMA Online’s Fundamentals of Programming eLearning module. This provides students with some necessary programming basics.

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