Summer camps for 2021 are currently being planned for both in-person and online options. However, due to safety concerns surrounding COVID-19, NYFA will be unable to offer housing for in-person teen camps. Families will need to secure their own housing for campers and provide any necessary off-campus supervision, if traveling to a NYFA teen summer camp from another city, state or country. All after-school and weekend camps will be conducted online, until further notice. To view all camps and workshops offered, please click here.

Online Summer Camps:
Game Design for Kids

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Application and payment deadline is at 4:00 p.m. EST the Thursday before the start of the program. Individuals who apply and/or pay past the deadline may be admitted on a case by case basis but may also experience a delay in receiving the necessary information to join the first class.

Camp Durations

  • 1-Week
  • 2-Week

Camp Schedules

    • Classes are scheduled daily, Monday-Friday.
    • Students meet 11:30 am ET to 4:30 pm ET (lunch from 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm)

Requirements

  • Students will need a computer capable of running the Unity game engine (click here for Unity Editor system requirements  -parents only need to worry about having a computer).
  • Unity Personal is free for students – click here to learn more.
  • For 2-Week program only:
    • Maya program (free trial version) – The Maya Free Trial version provides the software free for 30 days.
    • If students have a computer that meets the Unity System Requirements then they will be able to run Maya.

 

 

1-Week Kids Game Design Camp – Online

  • Tuition: $700 (USD)
  • Camp Hours: 10 sessions, total 20 hours
  • Campers will leave the program with:
    • Playable digital game demo with original 2D assets

In the 1-Week Kids Game Summer Camp students get to create their own games via a fun and intensive exploration of digital game development. Students use the leading game engine program – Unity and get exposure to leading 2D art tools. All software used in the program is free for students. Kids learn the fundamental elements of the craft of game design – specifically prototyping, play testing, and iteration – by doing it themselves. They learn how to tell stories with playable systems and how to make engaging interaction loops and play mechanics. Course is taught by professional game developers and includes step by step tutorials.

Upon completion of the 1-Week summer game program, a graduation ceremony will be held that will include a showcase of the students’ work. Students leave the course with a small portfolio of projects including their own playable 2D game.

Class Descriptions

Game Design –​ Game types, platforms, player experience, prototyping and iteration.

Coding ​- Using Unity, students will create a 2D “Flappy Bird” style side-scroller (Unity is free for students).

Narrative Design –​ Concept & character development, object-oriented storytelling.

Art –​ Using art tools from industry, students create original 2D assets for their game (we will use art tools that are free for students).

 

 

2-Week Kids Game Design Camp – Online

  • Tuition: $1,400 (USD)
  • Camp Hours: 20 sessions, total 40 hours
  • Campers will leave the program with:
    • Playable digital game demo with original 3D assets.

In the 1-Week Kids Game Summer Camp students get to create their own games via a fun and intensive exploration of digital game development. Students use the leading game engine program – Unity. They get exposure to leading 2D art tools in Week 1 and leading 3D tools (Maya) in Week 2. All software used in the program is free for students. Kids learn the fundamental elements of the craft of game design – specifically prototyping, play testing, and iteration – by doing it themselves. They learn how to tell stories with playable systems and how to make engaging interaction loops and play mechanics. Course is taught by professional game developers and includes step by step tutorials.

Upon completion of the 2-week summer game program, a graduation ceremony will be held that will include a showcase of the students’ work. Students leave the course with a small portfolio of projects including their own playable 2D game (from week one) and their own playable 3D game (from week two).

Class Descriptions

Game Design ​- Game types, roles, platforms, player experience, prototyping, iterative design and user experience flowcharts.

Coding ​- Using Unity to write and implement code for a 3D, first – or third-person racing game (Unity is free for students).

Narrative Design ​- Concept and character development, dialogue writing and character voice, object-oriented storytelling, promotional copywriting.

Art –​ 3D Maya basics, modeling, texturing and using Mixamo for animation (both of these programs are free for students),

Industry​ – Target audience & branding your game to reach your target Players.

CAMP INFORMATION

2-Week Online Kids Game DesignDates:

Program has commenced. Please check back for future dates.


1-Week Online Kids Game DesignDates:

Program has commenced. Please check back for future dates.

Kid Camp Locations