We have a summer in Storrs for you!
UConn's Pre-College Summer Digital Media: Game Design course provides high school students the opportunity to dive into the world of digital media through developing games from scratch at a nationally ranked public university campus.
Your Future Starts Now.
Game development is a challenging field and here at the University of Connecticut's Digital Media and Design program, we value giving students a headstart on their futures through our hands-on approach. Offered in Sessions 3 and 4, our Digital Media: Game Design course invites aspiring developers at any experience level to join us as we develop a game from scratch using Construct3, an optimized, off-the-shelf, 2D game development and visual programming tool, as well as other free, industry standard tools such as photoshop and audacity.
Throughout the weeklong course, we will use college-level assignments to cover:
- The basics of game development
- Creating artwork, audio and code
- Most importantly, cultivating an "I can do that" attitude
Students should come away with the ability to create a game and a better understanding of what the video game industry is like and what jobs are out there.
Come work alongside Ken Thompson, MS. Before coming to the University of Connecticut to develop the Game Design concentration, Ken worked in the game industry for eight years. His responsibilities included directing game projects from start to finish, programming unique scenarios using game development tools, and working with publishers such as SEGA, Electronic Arts, and Activision. He has worked with Blockbuster franchises such as Iron Man, Spider-Man, Captain America, Madagascar, Shrek, and over a dozen others. His work in the video game industry has received Nickelodeon’s Kids Choice Award for best video game, Indie Game of the Year, and Innovation Awards from industry publications. He works with students on creating engaging gameplay experiences and pushing the boundaries of play.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: After careful consideration and comprehensive discussions with many who are deeply invested in the health and education of our students, we have decided that the most responsible course of action is to cancel all Pre-College Summer 2020 sessions. Unfortunately, the Program's focus on providing a residential experience with hands-on courses does not make online learning a realistic or feasible option. For more information please visit this webpage. For any questions or concerns please email email@example.com.
Cost and Session Information
Costs and fees are determined by the number of sessions a student enrolls in (one, two, three, or four sessions). Enrolling in a weekly session, includes the selected academic course* taught by UConn faculty or experts in their industry, exploratory workshops, social programming activities, as well as administrative costs, all meals, and housing in an air-conditioned residence hall. Laundry machines located inside of the residence halls are available to participants at no cost. Participants must arrange their own travel to and from the Program, at their own expense.
*Additional Course Fees: Additional fees to select academic courses may apply. These fees help to cover the added cost of supply kits, studio fees, travel, entrance fees, etc. For specific course fee information, visit the course's information page. If applicable, this course fee will be applied at time of course enrollment.
Application: A non-refundable application processing fee of $45.00 must be paid in order to have your application reviewed. The application fee can be paid at the last step of the application process and is separate from enrollment costs. Our application fee is waived for students who apply before January 6th. After this date our standard application fee will be applied.
Enrollment: A $300.00 non-refundable deposit per session that will be collected at the time of enrollment is required to enroll in Pre-College Summer courses. This deposit will be credited to your program fee’s account balance.
Early Bird: Take advantage of a $150 early bird discount when you submit your application by April 1st, 2020
Multiple Sessions: Receive a discount for enrolling in more than one session, as indicated in the pricing table above. Check out our Course Academies for bundling options!
Sibling Discount: If two or more siblings enroll in the Program during the same summer, the subsequent sibling(s) will receive a $100.00 discount off of their total Program fee.