Tisch Summer Online High School Game Design

Due to the COVID-19 virus, the Tisch Summer High School Residential Program will not be taking place in New York City. The courses in this program will be offered remotely or online with asynchronous and synchronous components. Below is the updated program information. Students accepted to this program will also receive communication via email.

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 online. 

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Program Overview

Learn the creative and technical skills of digital game development from wherever you are in the world. This intensive 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 online program invites a select group of students to become a part of the next generation of game designers, developers, and entrepreneurs. Visit the NYU Game Center website for games developed by high school students.

Core Curriculum

You will be enrolled in the 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.

Schedule for Summer High School Game Design Program

This sample schedule is based on previous summers to give prospective students an understanding of the highly structured and rigorous training offered in the Tisch Summer High School Game Design Program. This sample schedule is an overview of one of the four weeks in the program. Students accepted and confirmed for the program will be given their actual schedule on orientation day.

Monday 

Game Design - 8:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. EST
Game Development -10:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.  EST
Game Literacy - 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. EST

Tuesday

Game Design - 8:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. EST
Game Development -10:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.  EST
Game Literacy - 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. EST

Wednesday

Game Design - 8:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. EST
Game Development -10:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.  EST
Game Literacy - 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. EST

Thursday

Game Design - 8:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. EST
Game Development -10:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.  EST
Game Literacy - 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. EST

Friday

TBA

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Dates

Program Dates

Summer 2021

Sunday, July 11 - Saturday, August 7, 2021

Additional important dates are available on the Tisch Admissions Calendar.

Tuition and Fees

Total Program Cost: $10,084

Breakdown of costs:

  • Tuition for 6 units (credits): $9,222

Additional Fees Include:

  • Registration and Services Fee: $862

Please review the Tisch Special Programs cancellation policy.

Scholarships

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.

Admissions

Summer 2021

Open to high school sophomores and juniors.

  • Online application fee: $75

The summer 2021 application is closed. 

Please read through the Admissions for High School Program page.