Adventures in
Game Design spring_savings

1 week • 9am – 5pm
Kids • Ages 8 – 12
Beg – Adv
Popular Camp

Design your
own Video Game

Create fun, playable and graphically rich arcade-style video games using Clickteam Fusion™, an easy-to-use,
no-coding-required application.

Learn from
Top Experts

DMA instructors include highly respected educators, accomplished artists and talented industry professionals who have a
passion for teaching.

Get Introduced
to Game Design

Discover real-world game-design principles, such as planning, character movement, collision detection, level design
and playability.

Camp Overview

Create arcade-style 2D video games like Super Mario Bros and Angry Birds
using Clickteam Fusion™, an easy-to-use application. Using an animation
editor, you’ll be able to design your own characters and game objects,
and then place them into games. Discover key game development concepts,
such as game planning, character movement, collision detection, level
design, in-game dialogue, inventory and playability.

Camp Details


  • Age: 8 – 12
  • Skill Level: Beginner – Advanced
  • No game-design or programming experience required

What You’ll Learn

  • Elements of a great video game and how to create them
  • How to use Clickteam Fusion™
  • Developing and creating different game types (action, adventure, platform & side-scrollers)
  • How to create different game levels and challenges
  • How to bug test a game to make it more playable
  • How to add sound to a video game
  • Creating your own game art

What You’ll Create

  • Arcade-style video games

Skills and Experience


Real-World Skills

  • Game planning and competitive strategy
  • How to tell a story through video games
  • Designing and developing a project


  • Clickteam Fusion™

Personal Development

  • Understand the benefits of critical thinking
  • Thinking creatively to solve problems
  • How to work with others as a team

Instruction & Staff


Our average student-to-staff ratio for Adventures is 6:1 and in some cases, this ratio is even lower. DMA’s Adventures instructors include industry professionals, technology educators and talented, upper-level university students who have a genuine passion for the subject and a demonstrated skill for teaching and inspiring young learners. DMA’s lead instructors are supported by outstanding teaching assistants and a year-round curriculum-development team that builds innovative and engaging courses and learning experiences.


DMA’s amazing team of curriculum developers and year-round staff has built a fun and engaging learning experience that accommodates a wide range of ages and abilities. This, along with a very skilled instructional staff and low student-to-staff ratio, allows us to individualize lessons, customize the learning experience and offer plenty of personalized, one-on-one time for each student.


DMA provides hands-on, project-based learning designed to spark curiosity, confidence and collaboration. DMA’s immersive courses bring like-minded students together to inspire one another, and confidence soars when students gain knowledge, skills, critical-thinking abilities and hands-on experience.

Sample Camp Day

Time Activity
7:30 am Enjoy a Healthy & Delicious Breakfast (Only Applies to Stanford Extended Day Add-on Students)
9:00 am Hands-on Tech Instruction & Creation (Learn & Understand)
10:30 am Outdoor Break & Snack
11:00 am Hands-on Tech Instruction & Creation (Apply What You’ve Learned & Practice Together)
12:00 pm Enjoy Lunch (Meal Provided with All Lunch Plan add ons & Stanford Extended Day Plan Students Only)
1:00 pm Hands-on Tech Instruction & Creation (Create, Test, Evaluate & Improve)
2:30 pm Outdoor Break & Snack
3:00 pm Hands-on Tech Instruction & Creation (Review & Share)
5:00 pm Student Pick-up (Extended Day Students Enjoy Dinner Until 6:30 p.m.)


What is the difference between this camp and the Adventures in Game Design for iPhone® and iPad® camp?

This camp gives kids a great introduction to game design. The Adventures in Game Design for iPhone® and iPad® class is slightly more advanced and geared toward mobile-game development, while this focuses more on arcade or video-game-console types of games.

Will my child be able to continue to work on their game at home?

Yes. This camp features Clickteam Multimedia Fusion™ developer software. A free version of this software
is available on Clickteam’s site.

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