For Parents

The Academy will be a thrilling and exciting program for your teenager. They will be provided with all of the tools necessary to design and develop a video game. Each student will have a computer workstation with the software needed to be a participating member of their team.

Our daily curriculum contains group and individual learning opportunities where students will have the chance to gain valuable team-building, creativity, problem solving, and artistic or programming skills..

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Students will use industry techniques to brainstorm and kick-start the creative process.
Breaking up into groups, students will improve their artistic,  or programming skills
A lunch break will give everyone a chance to recharge
All students will be introduced to the fundamentals of game design.
Students will break up into their production teams to develop their own game.

What each student will need
Although we provide the tools, we will expect the following from your child:

  • creativity
  • team spirit
  • an open mind
  • a thirst for knowledge
  • creativity
  • a sense of humor
  • self discipline
  • respect for themselves and their peers
  • a pro-active mindset
  • did I mention creativity?

Tips for Success
The Academy’s curriculum has been designed to give participants exposure to the real-world techniques and skills used in the entertainment industry. Student’s will benefit from small class sizes, industry guest speakers, lively critiques, and enthusiastic peers. To succeed and gain the best experience we expect your child to:

  • Spend a few moments each day (15-30 minutes) reflecting on the prior day’s lessons and experiences
  • Join in on class discussions – posing questions, giving feedback, and encouraging other members of the program
  • Get plenty of rest each night to be prepared for the mental and physical excursion of the creative process
  • Provide as much advanced notice as possible if specific days will be missed.
  • Experiment with multiple game types (computer, console, hand-held, board, card, physical) and genres.
  • PARTICIPATE and be open-minded to the creative process. Students should be open to sharing their work and experiences within the group.
  • Be polite, respectful, and courteous to the other program participants and staff.