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 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 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. 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.

Game Design Students

Photo by Dylan Kenseth


Spring 2023

The program meets weekly on Saturdays from February 4, 2023 through May 13, 2023.

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.

Spring 2023 Deadline

The spring 2023 application has been extended! Applications will be accepted until December 15, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. ET and assessed on a space available basis.

NYU requires all students (undergraduate, graduate, professional, and high school), faculty, and employees to be vaccinated and boosted to have access to NYU buildings for the 2022–23 academic year.

Vaccines must be authorized by the FDA or on the WHO list of approved vaccines. Visit our FAQ page for more information.

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.