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Game Development for iPhone® & Android™ with Unity
Game Development for iPhone® & Android™ with Unity
Min Age: Must turn 13 by 12-31-13
Introduction to the iD Gaming Academy
The iD Gaming Academy is a two-week, overnight, teen-only summer program held at top universities throughout the country. Learn industry-standard development applications from faculty with proven video game development credentials. Tour a big-name game studio. Expect late-night NVIDIA®-powered gaming tournaments. The pre-college curriculum is intensive, but appropriate for beginner through advanced skill levels. Graduate with a gaming portfolio and the tools to excel in the field of game development. Participants can also purchase CEU Credits (Continuing Education Units) and receive an official transcript from Stanford Continuing Studies, to boost their portfolio for college. Note: If attending the iD Gaming Academy held at Villanova, the CEU transcript will be provided by Villanova University.
About This Course / Featured Software
Design and build mobile games using the power of the Unity 4 game development tool. Import art assets, build interface and gameplay mechanics, finesse gameplay, and export your game to your iPhone® or Android™ device. Will the next blockbuster game have your name on it?
Please Note: Camp projects are linked with Apple® Developer accounts registered to iD Tech Camps and have a fixed expiration date. Projects must be re-linked with a student’s own Apple® Developer account to be permanent. If you’d like us to try to copy your game to your iOS or Android™ device, it must be officially supported and updated to the latest software version. iD is NOT responsible for lost, damaged or stolen equipment.
Curriculum At A High Level
Week One: After an overview of the game development process and beginning pre-production design, dive in and get started with the advanced Unity 4 toolset and its unmatched world building editor. Learn how to import 3D meshes, sounds and textures, manage in-game art assets and work with prefabs. You’ll move onto constructing scenes, working with scene view cameras and defining trigger zones as you take advantage of the Unity 4 engine’s integral rendering, lighting and physics capabilities.
Week Two: Begin the process of finalizing your game as you discover the friendly scripting tools of Unity 4, but without sacrificing depth. Change visual properties by dragging and dropping objects to set variable references. Work with event systems and manipulate objects with code. Test and tweak your developing game with advanced preview tools such as the inspector window and single-step playback. Debug and profile your game, then publish your game for stand-alone iPhone® or Android™ platform playback.
Other Related iD Programs
The Academy Experience
Teens experience independent college life in a supervised environment. This pre-college program is overnight-only, so teens stay in real college dorms, eat in dining halls and get a feel for daily life on campus. Choose the recommended Weekend Stay option to have even more time to explore campus and local attractions.
Online Portfolio Workshops
Teens spend two nights each week in portfolio-building workshops and create their own online portfolio. Finished portfolios include a bio page and samples of completed projects. This industry-standard portfolio tool is easy to update as teens delve further into their fields, developing more advanced projects over time. Establishing a portfolio sets our participants apart from their peers on college and internship applications.
Continuing Education Units
Build up your resume for college by earning Continuing Education Units. Receive an official transcript from Stanford Continuing Studies (available for purchase at all Academy locations). CEU Credits demonstrate that students have completed course content of college-level difficulty.
Game on! Expect late-night NVIDIA®-powered gaming tournaments with Team Fortress® 2. Other games available for recreational gameplay include Portal™ 2, Counter-Strike®, Half-Life® 2, Left 4 Dead™ 2, and more. Gaming tournaments do not infringe on instructional time.
Tour a Gaming Studio
Get a feel for future career options and meet industry professionals. Depending on session location and availability, students tour big-name studios like Hi-Rez Studios, Turbine, Inc., Electronic Arts, CipherPrime and more.
Skill Level & Ages
This game design course is for ages 13-18 (Min Age: Must turn 13 by 12-31-13).
There are no prerequisites for this teen app development camp, except for the desire to make games for iPhone® and Android™ devices.
Our ever-evolving curriculum is designed for beginner through advanced learners, allowing students to move along at their own pace with customized lessons for a fun and appropriate challenge. Instructors work closely with students and adjust the curriculum to fit their progress and their project goals.
Top 10 Skills Gained
Our teen game development and app programming camps are the best in the industry. Here are the cutting-edge skills you can expect to gain:
Conceptual Skills Development
- Game design fundamentals
- Texture and lighting techniques
- 3D modeling
- Application testing
- Bug testing
Software & Hardware Skills Development
- Unity game development tool
Soft Skills Development
- Storyboard creation
- Project planning
Industry Leading Curriculum & Instruction
8:1 Ratio, Guaranteed
We guarantee ridiculously small class sizes, with a maximum of 8 students per instructor. Why? Because our teaching philosophy is premised on personalization – your path, at your pace. iD's passionate, adult-only instructors guide students through customized curriculum with 1-on-1 teaching. The immersive environment (typically 5, 6, 7 or 8 students – but never more than 8 per instructor) is ideal for fostering creativity.
Two-Week Intensive Course
Our two-week courses at the Academy provide students with the right amount of time to get comfortable in their field of study and put their knowledge to use with hands-on projects. Students also have ample time to work on their online portfolios, enjoy excursions and tours of nearby facilities, relax with late-night gaming tournaments and explore campus (weekend stays optional).
Adult-Only Faculty, No Counselors-in-Training
Staff at the Academy have a deep understanding of the software, hardware and technical skills needed to succeed in their competitive industries. They pass along their knowledge to Academy students, and are able to cover a tremendous amount of material in a two-week period. The reason? Small ratios, innovative curriculum, an intensive staff training program, and an expectation of excellence. The end result is an awesome online portfolio—and newfound confidence that comes with accomplishing something BIG.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why are iD Teen Academies the nation’s premiere pre-college destinations to learn essential STEM skills?
iD Teen Academies offer intensive and relevant technology curriculum, taught by well-versed, accomplished faculty. The programs offer:
- Guaranteed staff ratios - maximum of 8 students per instructor.
- Intensive, college-level curriculum for beginner to advanced learners, based on the new learning engine, iD Game Plan.
- The latest industry-standard hardware and software.
- Portfolio-building workshops for iD Gaming Academy and iD Visual Arts Academy and software repository system utilization experience for iD Programming Academy.
- Accredited Continuing Education Credits available at ALL Academy locations. Official transcripts from Stanford Continuing Studies/ Villanova University.
- Industry-savvy faculty.
- An immersive university experience.
- Tours of big-name studios.
- Guest speakers at many sites.
How are iD Teen Academy courses different from the courses at iD Tech Camps?
iD Teen Academy courses are two-week, overnight-only programs (at most locations) for teens ages 13-18 (weekend stays optional). Students in the iD Gaming Academy and iD Visual Arts Academy build online portfolios in addition to completing a final project. Students in the iD Programming Academy will utilize software repository systems and graduate with full access to their code. All students get the opportunity to tour a nearby studio. iD Teen Academies are intensive, and intended to be a pre-college experience. Comparatively, iD Tech Camps offers weeklong day camps and overnight camps, and is for ages 7-17. iD Tech Camps features more traditional summer camp activities integrated into the curriculum.
Where is this course offered?
See Step 3 for location availability.
How much does this course cost?
The cost for the two-week overnight program is US $3,599 - $3,799. Check our site for special promotions. Continuing Education Units are available. Age restrictions apply. Weekend Stays are optional, but recommended, and cost $349 per weekend.
Are there teen summer camp savings?
- Register early to take advantage of our seasonal promotions. Register early to lock in your first dates in locations, courses and dates. We sell out early.
- Save $50 when referring a friend. Your friend saves $50 too!
- Save $50 with our sibling discount.
- Sign up for multiple sessions to save with our multi-session savings.
What are the dates of this course?
Choose a location in Step 3 to find the dates that the course is offered.
How do I know if this course is open for enrollment?
View real-time availability of iD Teen Academies and iD Tech Camps courses by selecting a location.
How do I register?
Go to Step 3 and select a location, then follow the steps to register.
What if the curriculum is too easy or too hard once the course starts?
iD Teen Academy programs are taught in small, personalized classes. Instructors are able to work closely with each student to customize the course curriculum to each student’s skill and experience level. Whether a student is a beginner or extremely advanced, our instructors find fun and challenging ways to develop their tech skills. If students have a particular goal or project idea, instructors will work with them and guide them.
Do I need to bring any computer equipment to camp?
No, students are provided with everything they need for their course, and each student gets their own computer for the session. Students never need to share computers.
What “off-computer” activities are there?
Our teen programs are academic camps, but we also create a fun summer experience. The intensive curriculum and lab time are balanced out with cool excursions, trips to nearby studios and fun down time activities like gaming tournaments. Students may participate in organized outdoor sports, movie nights, campus tours and more. Since this is a teen-only program, we try to allow students as much freedom as possible in shaping their own weeks - but students are supervised.
Do you provide transportation for students? What about Carpooling? We do not arrange transportation for our students. For your convenience, we have created a user-friendly carpool application located in My Account (you must be enrolled to use it). All transportation to and from camp is the responsibility of the parent/guardian. There are transportation services that past students have utilized, which can be found through a web search. The Academy is not affiliated with any such company and thus cannot be held accountable for clients' use of outside transportation services.
Who should I contact with questions or concerns? Contact our Client Services Department at 1-888-709-TECH (8324) or 1-408-871-2227. You can also email us at info@internalDrive.com. And, if you'd like a brochure sent to you, please click the brochure link. To register, go to Step 3 and select a location, then follow the steps to register.
This teen app development camp is a great step if you are considering studying computer science in college, or if you want to explore app development as a potential career direction. Learn the basics of game design for iPhone® and Android™ devices from top instructors with industry experience!
Other Courses and Programs
If you are interested in weeklong tech camps, as opposed to our Teen Academies, please jump to iD Tech Camps for a complete list of related courses and programs, which include:
3D Game Design – Racing Games (iD Tech Camps)
3D Game Design – Role-Playing Games (iD Tech Camps)
FPS Game Design – Unreal® Development Kit (iD Tech Camps)
3D Level Design – Portal™ 2 (iD Tech Camps)
3D Level Design – Portal™ 2 & Team Fortress® 2 (iD Tech Camps)
Game Design for iPhone® & iPad® (iD Tech Camps)
Programming – iPhone® & iPad® Apps in Xcode® (iD Tech Camps)
Tuition & Hours
iD Gaming Academy
Ages 13-18 | CHECK-IN: 5PM-6PM SUN. PICK-UP: 3PM-5PM FRI (VARIES BY SITE)
For beginner to advanced students. Intensive pre-college courses in the dynamic world of video game creation, programming, and game development at top academic institutions.
Weekend Stay - 1st Weekend
Ages 13-18 | STAY THE WEEKEND BETWEEN THE TWO WEEKS
Academy programs are two weeks in length and are all-inclusive of meals, housing, and instruction. But you can also stay the weekend BETWEEN the two weeks - most students do elect to stay. Room, board, activities, excursions, and supervision are included over the weekend.
Weekend Stay - 2nd Weekend
Ages 13-18 | STAY THE WEEKEND AFTER YOUR PROGRAM ENDS
You can also stay the weekend AFTER your two-week program. Room, board, activities, excursions, and supervision are included over the weekend.
iD TECH 365
All Ages | ONLINE 24/7, 365 DAYS A YEAR
The perfect add-on to our summer programs. Keep learning year-round with our online subscription service. Learn from tech tutorials, compete in gaming tournaments, and stay connected through community forums.
Note: Minimum deposit of US $500 is required at time of registration. Continuing Education Units (teens only) are available for purchase. All prices are quoted in U.S. Dollars and include all taxes.
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