Overview

The UCLA Game Lab Summer Institute introduces high school students to game-making as an artistic practice, teaching them techniques and tools to develop analog and digital games that reflect their own creative vision. Students receive 4 units of college credit upon completion of the course work.

The UCLA Game Lab Summer Institute introduces high school students to game-making as an artistic practice, teaching them techniques and tools to develop analog and digital games that reflect their own creative vision. No previous game-making skills are required!  Students with an interest in games and visual arts will find the curriculum especially rewarding. We welcome students of all cultural, racial, gender, linguistic, geographic, and socioeconomic backgrounds and physical abilities.

Enroll in the Summer Institute today!

This summer we are offering two versions of the program: 

Session A

Session B

UCLA Course Credit: DESMA 3 (4 units)

Make Game Art and Prepare for College!

Students will take four hands on courses:

  • Learning the fundamentals of game design
  • Creating compelling game characters
  • Building game worlds
  • Programming/coding games

Students will depart the program with:

  • Four units of pass/no pass UC credit
  • Game art samples for college-application art portfolios
  • Invaluable feedback for academic and career considerations
  • A glimpse of college life in a cutting-edge design department<
  • Student work is exhibited on the last day of the program in a professional gallery-like installation at UCLA for parents to attend. 

Scholarships Available:

Summer Scholars Support: a need and merit based scholarship offered by the UCLA Summer Sessions Office.

The Diversity in Games scholarship: a merit-based scholarship that reimburses 50 percent of the program fee for selected students offered by the Game Lab Summer Institute. The intent of the scholarship is to ensure diversity and to assist students who may face cultural or historical biases in fields related to games and technology. 

Come visit us at the UCLA Game Lab

The Summer Institute program is sponsored by the UCLA Game Lab, a creative and research-based center that approaches game development as a discipline combining technology and the arts. If you would like to learn more about the lab’s mission or to see the work of our student artists, please visit us on the UCLA campus. Please email Tyler Stefanich (tyler@games.ucla.edu), Game Lab Manager, to schedule a visit. If you work with high school students, we would encourage you to book a group visit with us to introduce your students to the lab and our Summer Institute program!

Cost and Session Information

Session A Commuter program:

Monday, July 13 – Friday, July 24, 2020

Registration Fee: $150.00*

*This registration fee is assessed one-time per each summer term for any precollege Summer Institute. If you are admitted and will be enrolled at UCLA in Fall 2020, other University fees of $130.70  will be assessed in lieu of the registration fee.

Program Fee: $2,310*

* If you are admitted and will be enrolled at a UC campus in Fall 2020, your program fee will be $1,986.

IEI Fee: $61.00

Document Fee*: $50.00

*If you are participating in UCLA Summer Sessions for the first time or an incoming UCLA undergraduate student, this document fee will be assessed. The one-time document fee covers life-time academic and verification transcripts that do not require special delivery services.

SUBTOTAL WITH DOCUMENT FEE:

Visiting Students (Non-UC): $2,571

Fall 2020 UCLA Students: $2,227.70

Fall 2020 Other UC Students: $2,247

Session B Residential program (on-campus housing): 

Sunday, July 26 (check-in) – Friday, August 7, 2020

Registration Fee: $150.00*

*This registration fee is assessed one-time per each summer term for any precollege Summer Institute. If you are admitted and will be enrolled at UCLA in Fall 2020, other University fees of $130.70  will be assessed in lieu of the registration fee.

Program Fee: $2,310*

* If you are admitted and will be enrolled at a UC campus in Fall 2020, your program fee will be $1,986.

Mandatory Residential Plan Fee: $1,224, includes two meals per day

IEI Fee: $61.00

Document Fee*: $50.00

*If you are participating in UCLA Summer Sessions for the first time or an incoming UCLA undergraduate student, this document fee will be assessed. The one-time document fee covers life-time academic and verification transcripts that do not require special delivery services.

SUBTOTAL WITH DOCUMENT FEE:

Visiting Students (Non-UC): $3,795

Fall 2020 UCLA Students: $3,451.70

Fall 2020 Other UC Students: $3,471

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