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Lionel Wilson Game Design Program

Do you love playing video games?

Join your friends to level up your skills, learn how today's games get created, and work with our team to conceptualize the next big hit.

Work with your new friends to design your very own video game and company! Learn about what makes your favorite games special, from character creation to world building and beyond. We all play so many games such as Super Smash Brothers, League of Legends, and Legend of Zelda, but why are these games so popular? In this program we will be diving deep through interactive team challenges to complete your big game idea which you will share in our final presentation!

Explore the different roles involved to make your favorite games and find your fit

Learn how to be a part of a team building your big game idea while building skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, confidence and collaboration

    Contributors Include:

    What you will get

    • 27 hours of interactive learning and activities

    • Insight into the Game Design Industry

    • A finalized Game Concept built by you and your team

    Game Design Program

    DatesTimeTypeDetails
    April 3rd - 7th8:00 am - 5:00 pm PSTIntersession

    Middle School

    April 3rd - 7th

    Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm PST

    Type: Intersession

    Middle School

    Daily Itinerary

    Day 1 CAREERS IN GAMES

    Start your journey in games by discovering all of the different roles that come together to create a game project and find out which role speaks to you the most.

    Team Game Project: CREATE YOUR CONCEPT

    Brainstorm game concepts with your team and discover the next big hit.

    Day 2 DESIGNING AND SCOPING YOUR GAME

    Explore game design principles and how to use them to discover what makes your game fun for your specific audience. Learn about the importance of properly scoping your project.

    Team Game Project: CREATE YOUR GAME DESIGN DOCUMENT

    Work with your team to create a thorough game design document and clearly communicate every aspect of your project.

    Day 3 ART DIRECTION

    Learn about creating the look and feel of games and how to channel your own creativity into your own art assets with Blender 3D Modeling.

    Team Game Project: DEFINE THE LOOK OF YOUR GAME

    Create tailored art that defines the look of your world and characters with your team.

    Day 4 INTRO TO GAME ENGINES/CODING

    Learn about the major game engines that are used to make games and the pros & cons of each system.

    Team Game Project: CREATE A PROTOTYPE

    Create your team's first prototype including game levels, mechanics, enemies, or anything else that makes your game interesting for your specific audience.

    Day 5 SELLING YOUR GAME

    Learn about the business of games, monetization models, and how to get funded.

    Team Game Project: Game Pitch Presentations

    Prepare your final game presentation with your team and show off all your hard work to potential investors!

    Free for all Students