Tisch Summer High School Game Design Program

Games matter.

They have the potential to educate, entertain, and move us. They have the capacity to communicate profound ideas. Do your part to define the cultural landscape of this medium by learning game design. 

Program Overview

Learn the creative and technical skills of digital game development. With a hands-on approach to teaching, the summer program covers the various skills and disciplines that are brought together in modern game development: game design, programming, visual art, animation, sound design, and writing.

The NYU Game Center is dedicated to the exploration of games as a cultural form and game design as creative practice. This unique program invites a select group of students to become a part of the next generation of game designers, developers, and entrepreneurs.

Note: The Tisch Summer High School Program is not a leisure camp. While the average program runs daily, Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm, including academic classes, professional training, and/or studio and production time, students will often be just as busy in the evenings and weekends which also include curricular events and opportunities to work individually or collaborate with peers on assigned projects.


You will enroll in following courses for a combined total of 6 units.


Game Literacy

GAMES-UT 010 | 2 units

In this class, students learn to develop fundamental critical literacy about games from a formal, cultural, and social perspective. Students will look at games from multiple perspectives and look at games discussion on multiple platforms; The course will help students define and articulate their own critical frameworks when they approach games through play, readings, writing, and discussion.

Game Design Workshop

GAMES-UT 050 | 2 units

This class will provide an introduction to the underlying principles of game design outside the context of any particular technical platform. Students learn how to craft a compelling interactive experience through rules and play by creating non-digital games in a number of different formats.

Game Development Workshop

GAMES-UT 020 | 2 units

Students are introduced to the fundamentals of creating a playable digital game from start to finish. This will include an introduction to the basics of programming, working with engines and tools, organizing a complex creative technical project, as well as collaboration and creative teamwork.



Program Dates

Summer 2019
Sunday, July 7 - Saturday, August 3, 2019

Additional important dates are available on the Tisch Admissions Calendar.


Open to high school sophomores and juniors.

  • Online application fee: $75
  • Printed application fee: $90


Summer 2019: Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at 5:00pm ET

Please read through the Admissions for High School Program page.

Tuition and Fees

Summer 2019

Breakdown of costs:

  • Tuition for 6 units (credits): $8,706

Additional Fees Include:

  • Registration and Services Fee: $834
  • Program Fee (activities facilitated by Residential Life & Housing): $160*
  • Housing for 4 weeks: $1,020*
  • 10 meals a week for 4 weeks: $680**

*Estimated rates from summer 2018. Fees for summer 2019 will be confirmed soon.

**As this is a residential program, students are automatically enrolled in the 10 meals a week plan for the length of the program. Students have the option of increasing their meal plan if they wish.

Program Specific Fees:

  • Game Design Lab Fee: $147
  • Game Design Ticket Fee: $197

Please review the Tisch Special Programs cancellation policy.


Tisch has a limited number of full scholarships for high school students to attend the Tisch summer programs.  Scholarships are given to students who demonstrate the most financial need.

Review the Tisch Summer High School Scholarships page for more information.