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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

Design your own video or mobile game
Collaborate with a creative team to develop and market your game.

Learn cutting-edge technologies
Explore current and emerging gaming technologies and software.

Meet gaming professionals
Learn from gaming industry professionals, programmers and professors.

Design Your Own Video Game

Hands-On Simulations

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

Game Designers/Developers

Industry Leaders


Artists and Illustrators

Animation Engineers

Game Testers

Work together and learn the latest gaming technologies

Behind-the-Scenes Tours

  • Firaxis Games
  • Baltimore Museum of Industry – Video Game Wizards
  • Capitol Hill
  • The Smithsonian Institution
  • Baltimore Harbor
  • Historic D.C. Monuments at Night

Leadership Training

At the heart of the NSLC is a leadership curriculum designed to build concrete leadership skills that will help you succeed. From the beginning of your program you will learn to work as a team during an exciting Ropes Challenge Course. 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
  • Project Management
  • Public Speaking and Communication
  • Time and Stress Management
  • Conflict Resolution

Your NSLC tuition is all-inclusive. Your tuition covers course materials, housing, on-campus meals, social events and transportation throughout your program.

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We offer a comprehensive scholarship program to assist qualified students with the cost of NSLC tuition, based on financial need, academic merit and extracurriculars.

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Fundraising is a great way to raise funds to contribute toward your NSLC program tuition while also forging relationships with leaders in your community.

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