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Program Summary
At Emagination’s game design camp teens create a playable 3D video game using industry standard software and the same collaborative team-based process that is employed in today’s $100 billion global game design industry. Students are taught valuable skills then choose a role on a development team that reflects actual professional positions available at design studios. They may be a 3D Animator, Level Designer, Audio Artist, Story Writer, Programmer, etc. Under the direction of Emagination Instructors, who act as Lead Designers, teams work together using an industry standard Design Document to create an original game.

Additional Program Features
Guest speakers from game studios and a studio tour provide a real world look at the video game industry. The program culminates when teams present their games to a panel of industry experts who provide feedback and critique along with awards and an Emagination Diploma.

Emagination’s game design summer camp for teens is an immersive STEM program. It is designed to advance technical skills, encourage teamwork and teach first-hand how video games are created. The experience at Emagination also helps teens discover and refine their longer term goals and interests. The program is immersive but really fun and everyone develops friendships as they work on teams with like-minded teens.

Two-Week Overnight Camp Includes Weekends & Daily Recreation
Emagination Game Design runs for two weeks (14 days/13 nights) starting on Sunday. The weekday begins at 9:30 am and there is a long break in the afternoon for outdoor recreation and/or swimming. Console and computer gaming is allowed in the evening (it’s research!).

Students have a blast on the weekend between weeks as they “Get Unplugged” in a day of outdoor activities on Saturday followed by gaming tournaments on Saturday night. Sunday includes a variety of activities and time for teams to work on their games.

Who should come to Emagination’s Game Design Camp?
The program is for 15-18 year olds who have a passion for video games and a desire to learn the design and development process. There are no prerequisites.

Locations | Dates | Transportation Assistance
Emagination Game Design is offered in Atlanta and near Boston at impeccably maintained suburban campuses with modern classrooms, air-conditioned residence halls, indoor pools and 24-hour campus security.

Dates and Location Descriptions

Boston College in Chestnut Hill Massachusetts near Boston
Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Georgia
We provide Transportation Assistance to students arriving by plane, train or bus.

Tuition covers 13 days and 12 nights inclusive of instruction, recreation, supervision, room, meals, speakers and studio tour. Tuition also includes the weekend between weeks. Compare the tuition & program at Emagination with other game design summer camps (hint — it’s a much better value).

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Sponsored by Emagination Computer Camps
Celebrating its 10th summer, Emagination’s game design camp for teens is sponsored and operated by Emagination Computer Camps, a leader in technology education since 1982. Emagination’s mission is to educate, entertain and help develop healthy kids & teens.

Emagination Computer Camps operates summer technology camps for children ages 8-17 on campuses near Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia and in Fairfield, Connecticut. Several Emagination locations are accredited by the American Camp Association.

The Benefits of Emagination Game Design Summer Camp for Teens

  • Pre-college STEM learning experience on a college campus
  • Teens experience what it’s like to work in the digital entertainment industry
  • Teens learn industry standard software and gain a foundation of both technical and creative skills
  • By playing a role on the development team, each teen accepts responsibility for part of the game and, during development, learns about teamwork and the importance of meeting milestones and deadlines
  • Teens gain public speaking skills as they present their game to a panel of game industry experts.
  • Exposure to top video game industry executives and experts
  • Teens see the pros in action on a tour a local game development company. Past tours have included:

    Turbine Games
    Hi-Rez Studios
    Electronic Arts

  • A valuable introduction to creating entertainment products
  • An Emagination Diploma
  • New friendships and an unforgettable teen summer camp experience

Who are the Instructors?
Instructors are typically graduate and undergraduate students completing a degree in video game design, digital media or computer science. There are an average seven participants per instructor. Instructors are the Lead Designers on the Development Team. Teaching is augmented by guest speakers from game studios.

How are Instructors hired?
The hiring process involves detailed applications and interviews with Emagination executives, reference checks, background checks and pre-camp on-campus training.

Supervision and Healthcare
Students are supervised by Emagination Instructors and staff members. They live in a dorm room with a roommate. Instructors live in the dorm with students and students may not leave campus on their own for the duration of the program. Certain staff members are trained in CPR/First Aid and are available to assist with medication administration and minor medical issues. There is a hospital nearby for emergencies.

The Rick Goodman Scholarship Program
Emagination is pleased to offer the Rick Goodman Scholarship Program. This program was created to honor Rick’s innumerable accomplishments in the video game industry as well as his contributions to the development of Emagination Game Design.

A select number of partial tuition scholarships will be granted to applicants based upon financial need and demonstrated interest in video game design and development. Students interested in applying for the scholarships may email for application instructions.

Have Questions?
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