Learn How to Design a Video Game at NYFA
At NYFA’s Game Design School, kids who spend their time solving puzzles on their smartphones and exploring new 3D worlds on gaming consoles and PCs can learn the craft of video game design. Designed for students between the ages of 10 and 13, NYFA’s summer game design programs provide an exciting hands-on introduction to designing and building digital games. Throughout the camps, students learn game and sound design, art direction, and coding, creating their own unique content. NYFA currently offers in-person, on-campus summer camps and weekend camps. We also offer online programs on a seasonal basis.
Game Design Summer
Camps: Level I
In NYFA’s in-person game design summer camps, students develop their abilities at systems thinking, an essential foundation for better understanding fields such as science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Students can expect a fun-filled experience that will not only help them to grow as game designers, but as creative storytellers as well.
In these programs, students devise an original story concept for which they create and prototype core game mechanics while producing original art assets, ultimately programming their own games in a hands-on and collaborative “Game Jam” setting. No coding experience or knowledge is required to attend. While some of our kids camps offer level-two programs, our game design camps are currently available as level-one programs only.
Online Game Design
NYFA’s online game design summer camps offer students the opportunity to create their own games via a fun and intensive exploration of digital game development.
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.
NYFA camp alumni often use their training from NYFA to pursue their creative interests in game design.
Please note that the successes of any NYFA alumni are the result of their individual hard work, perseverance, talent and circumstances. The New York Film Academy cannot guarantee that any future graduate will achieve similar success or secure a position in the industry.