The Marist College Summer Pre-College Game Design program teaches high school students how to build, test and debug games using state-of-the-art software during two-week sessions in New York City and Poughkeepsie, NY, on the Hudson River.
No programming experience is required for students aspiring to design and produce video games and who enroll in the Pre-College Game Design program at Marist College. Held during two week summer sessions in both New York City and Poughkeepsie, NY, the program walks students through the creation of simple games using state-of-the-art software, and then builds their skills toward formulating more sophisticated products. Students learn experientially by putting together, testing and debugging a variety of game types, including scrolling shooters, maze games, platform games and 3D parallax games.
High school sophomores, juniors and seniors can earn three transferable college credits upon completion of the program. Students typically attend class for three- and four-hour blocks in the morning and afternoon. This classroom time is supplemented by designated evening study time and accompanied by meals and social activities. Coursework focuses on goals such as creating fireworks by learning the principles of particle systems, exploring animated sprites, analyzing digital audio, and examining collision detection and scrollable backgrounds. World-class gaming professionals are available to students to show them the future of the industry.
In Poughkeepsie, on the Hudson River, students stay in the recently constructed upperclassmen apartments. Students share dorms with three other program participants and share bathrooms, common areas and kitchens. Each building is supervised by a professional staff member serving as a Resident Director and each floor has at least one upperclassmen Resident Assistant to monitor students and provide guidance.