At the iD Game Dev Academy at Lake Forest College, teens receive instruction in a collegiate setting, interact with industry pros, and network with peers. Equipped with an impressive portfolio and 2 weeks of insider experience and hands-on work with cutting-edge software, students graduate prepared to break into the gaming industry.
Take on the role of a 3D modeler, gameplay programmer, or level designer in this collaborative studio experience. You’ll learn the full development cycle of game production and team up with your peers to conceptualize and create your dream game. We’ve also added two new courses in eSports and Data Science.
Why iD Game Dev Academy?
- Tour major game studios like EA, Ubisoft, and Crystal Dynamics
- Gain industry insights from guest speakers and elite faculty
- Build an impressive, college-ready portfolio with iFolio
- Prep for college applications with Synocate-certified instructors
Level Design / VR
Learn level design with Unreal Engine 4, develop VR game environments, and strategically place assets in your game
Build skills in C++ and Unreal Blueprints, implement game mechanics, and learn source control techniques.
Create detailed game assets in Autodesk Maya, unwrap and texture models, and build levels.
Industry pros and top university recruits Our Academy faculty has an increased level of expertise and professionalism. With our selective hiring practices, honed for over 20 years, we yield the most elite, passionate experts from tech companies and universities like MIT, Stanford, Caltech, and NYU.
All adults, no CITs, and thorough background checks
We adhere to a policy of no “Counselors in Training.” Instead, you’ll find fun-loving, well-paid, all-adult instructors. We take safety seriously. All staff members undergo extensive background and reference checks and are CPR & First-Aid Certified.
Trained in person
There’s no substitute for in-person training. By the first day, our summer staff is confident, excited, and equipped to inspire the next generation of innovators.
Cost and Session Information
Check-in: Sunday 6pm
Checkout: Friday 3–4pm (varies by site)
Tuition, Room, and Board: From $3,799 per two-week session (all meals included)
Optional Weekend Stays
Bridge the gap between your two-week session.
Duration: 4pm Friday–6pm Sunday
Room and Board: From $379/weekend (all meals included)
Continuing Education Units: $198 per two-week session (ages 13+)
Online Private Lessons: From $50/hour