Design your own game at the NSLC on Game Design.

Why play a game when you can create it? At the NSLC on Game Design, learn how to turn your love for gaming into a career. Immerse yourself in a world of 3D characters, animation, sound effects, programming and game design while you create a new video or mobile game. During the program you will learn the mechanics of game creation, including scripting, level development, lighting, sound effects and programming while using leading industry software.

Program Highlights

Learn mechanics of creation
Use leading industry software to explore scripting, level development, lighting, sound effects, and programming.

Develop new projects
Experience the full cycle of game development, from scoping your idea to releasing the end product, as you create an individual project and a collaborative game you'll share with your peers.

Connect with the professionals
Designers, programmers, audio engineeers, and professors speak with you about their work and share advice on how you can succeed in the video game industry.

Showcase your work
Release your game to your peers and try out their creations in a playtesting festival, learning effective methods of giving and receiving feedback and sharpening your public speaking skills.

Hands-On Simulations

Your NSLC on Game Design program will include hands-on workshops and lectures.

Topics include:

  • Game Mechanics
  • System Thinking & Design
  • Unity 3d c#
  • Level Development
  • Sound Effects & Lighting
  • Prototyping

Exclusive Guest Speakers

While at the NSLC’s high school summer game design program, you will meet with and learn from industry leaders, programmers and professors. Guest speakers may include:

Mr. Matt Boch
Product Designer for Rock Band for the Dance Central series, Harmonix

Mr. Sid Meier
Co-Founder & Director of Creative Development, Firaxis Games

Mr. Patrick Gilmore
Head of Amazon Games, Amazon Games

Mr. David Maldonado
Creative Director, Amazon Games

Mr. Michael Sheehan
Lead Programmer Nickelodeon Games, Nickelodeon Games

Mr. Ariel Goldberg
Head of Recruitmen, Nickelodeon

Mr. Alex Ortiz
Head of Logistics, Nickelodeon Games

Ms. Emma Larkins
Board Game Designer

Mr. Matthew Moore
Product Designer, Microsoft

Behind-the-Scenes Tours

University of California, Los Angeles

EA Studios | Arcade - Family Amusement Corporation | Escape Room | Santa Monica Pier | Hollywood Walk of Fame

Leadership Training

At the heart of the NSLC is a leadership curriculum designed to build concrete leadership skills that will help you succeed. Interactive lectures and small-group workshops will give you an opportunity to build upon your strengths and minimize your weaknesses.

Leadership topics tailored to the Game Design program include:

  • Personality Styles and Group Dynamics
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Negotiation
  • Public Speaking
  • Intrapersonal Communication

College Credit Option

American University (AU) and NSLC have a unique partnership that enables you to earn college credit by enrolling in a supplemental online course designed to correlate with your NSLC program’s area of study. By enrolling in this credit course, you will enjoy a stimulating, innovative, and personalized college-level learning experience that builds on your NSLC accomplishments. The course is for one credit and is taught in a self-paced, asynchronous format across six weeks, allowing ample time to complete assignments. The course is designed to work within the framework of NSLC; students are not expected to complete coursework while on campus. Students may register for college credit via their personal student portal (myNSLC) once they have enrolled in an NSLC session.

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Program tuition includes housing, all on-campus meals, course materials, academic expenses, and activities. Tuition also includes chartered, air-conditioned motor coaches for off-campus briefings and tours. Note: Students are responsible for the cost of travel to and from the program as well as individual spending money for souvenirs, laundry, and a few off-campus meals during fields trips and tours.

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Los Angeles$3,795