Future Game Designers

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 first-years, 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 who are able to commute to the NYU Game Center's facilities in Downtown Brooklyn. 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. Tisch recruits and encourages applications from students from all backgrounds, including those from lower socio-economic backgrounds and those from groups underrepresented within the game industry. Up to 16 students will be selected to participate in the program.

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.

Game Design Students

Photo by Dylan Kenseth


Spring 2024

This program meets weekly on Saturdays, February 3, 2024 through May 11, 2024.

More dates and deadlines are available on the Tisch Special Programs Admissions Calendar.

How to Apply

Please read through the Spring Future Artists Application Requirements page to learn how to apply. You may be contacted for additional application materials.

The spring 2024 application is closed. 

Effective May 2023, NYU no longer requires COVID-19 vaccinations. However, staying up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations, including booster shots, remains strongly recommended for the health and safety of the student and the campus community—and students are welcome to wear masks anytime they choose. More information about COVID-19 protocols at NYU, including updates, is available on the NYU COVID-19 Information website.

If you have questions about the program or the application, please contact the NYU Game Center at 646.997.0708 or future.gamedesigners@nyu.edu.