The spring 2021 program will be offered remotely.
About the Program
Course Number: GAMES-NT 1
Future Game Designers is a FREE intensive, hands-on 14-week workshop designed to introduce talented high school freshmen, sophomores and juniors to the process of digital game development, tabletop game design, and understanding game history and the game industry.
The program is free to participants, and will take place at the NYU Game Center's facilities in Downtown Brooklyn* (*Held remotely for 2021). The workshop will introduce students to the methods, tools and principles used in developing digital games. Over the course of the 14 weeks, students will work alone and in groups to create a series of digital prototypes or ‘sketches’, culminating in a final polished game building on the lessons learned in the earlier sketches. This is a hands-on, primarily lab-based workshop, and so the focus is on learning-by-doing rather than on reading and discussion alone. Up to 16 students will be selected to participate, and we are focused on recruiting groups that are underrepresented within the game industry, particularly students from lower socio-economic backgrounds.
The workshop will also introduce students to tabletop game design and concepts, as well as help students understand, talk about, and write about games within critical and cultural frameworks. There will be a focus on learning effective collaboration and communication techniques, consensus building and decision-making, and working creatively in a team.
Selected participants will need to have access to wifi and a computer capable of running Zoom and GameMaker software for the duration of the program.
Photo by Dylan Kenseth
The program meets weekly on Saturdays from February 6, 2021 through May 15, 2021.
*Remote for spring 2021
More dates and deadlines are available on the Tisch Special Programs Admissions Calendar.
How to Apply
Please read through the Spring Future Artists Program Requirements Page to learn how to apply. You may be contacted for additional application materials.
The spring 2021 application is closed.
If you have questions about the program or the application, please contact the NYU Game Center at 646.997.0708 or firstname.lastname@example.org.