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Computer & Video Game Design Classes for Kids & Teens


Game & Technology Classes

Want to learn what it takes to design computer and video games? The Potomac Arts Academy in Fairfax, VA offers the perfect blend of university-quality game design teachers and a friendly environment with other kids from the community.

The GMU Computer Game Design Program presents:

Mason Game & Technology Academy

LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS PROGRAM ON THE SUMMER WEBPAGES!

Semester: FALL 2014 (September thru December)
Group Class Schedule At-A-Glance

Game DesignMODDING: MINECRAFT & MISSION TO MARS
Ages: 9 to 14yrs (recommended - call to inquire)
A mixture of our most popular offerings: Xtreme modding with Brian using Java (for those who have already taken our modding classes), beginner modding with Andrew Griffith, and intermediate modding and Pixel Art with Andrew Sherman. Plus, team-based mission to Mars challenges – to unwind and have fun, and learn about NASA’s next frontier.
*IMPORTANT: Participants are expected to already have their own Minecraft account (with login and password).

SATURDAYS, 10:00AM-12:00N, Sept 27 - Dec 13 (10 2-hour classes)
No class October 18th and November 29th
Teacher: Andrew Griffith, Andrew Sherman, Brian Dunne
Location: GMU Campus
Cost: $475* (split payment plan available at checkout)
STATUS: OPEN     REGISTER ONLINE

 

Game DesignJAVA PROGRAMMING I Ages: 13 to 18yrs
This course covers the programming and object-oriented techniques of Java, providing students with a basic understanding of the Java programming process. Object-oriented programming concepts, simple tutorials, and game building examples will be used to learn the Java language and syntax. This class will include optional, but helpful home assignments to reinforce concepts learned in class. These assignments will be corrected/reviewed during class. To successfully benefit from this course, students are expected to have basic computer knowledge like Windows 7 or OS, experience in using a Word editor such as Notepad and a web browser like Internet Explorer or Safari.

SATURDAYS, 1:30PM-3:30PM, Sept 27 - Dec 13 (10 2-hour classes)
No class October 18th and November 29th
Teacher: Kelsey Gardner and Tim Simmons Location: GMU Campus
Cost: $475* (split payment plan available at checkout)
STATUS: OPEN     REGISTER ONLINE

 

Game DesignMOBILE APPS W/ SOCIAL MEDIA & UNITY 3D
Ages: 13 to 18yrs
This class will teach the skills needed to integrate social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, in mobile games and apps. Students will learn how to send and receive data from these social media services through APIs inside their mobile apps. The apps will be constructed with Unity3d and the C# programming language. Prerequisites: Programming experience in C# and familiarity with the Unity game engine.

SATURDAYS, 10:00AM-12:00N, Sept 27 - Dec 13 (10 2-hour classes)
No class October 18th and November 29th
Teacher: Kyle Bishop and Stewart Van Buren Location: GMU Campus
Cost: $475* (split payment plan available at checkout)
STATUS: OPEN     REGISTER ONLINE

 

Game DesignFOUNDATIONS OF PROGRAMMING /INTRO TO JAVA
Ages: 10 to 12yrs (recommended - call to inquire)
This course begins by providing students with a strong foundation in programming fundamentals. As students master the logic behind programming the class the focus shifts from fundamentals to an introduction to object-oriented programming using Java. Students will progress through a series of programming challenges that will test and reinforce their understanding of core programming concepts and ultimately prepare them for more advanced programming courses. Basic computer use and navigation of Windows is advised but not required.

SUNDAYS, 1:30-3:30 PM, Sept 28 - Dec 7 (10 2-hour classes)
No class November 30th
Teacher: John Walley, Brian Dunne & Lyla Wade Location: GMU Campus
Cost: $475* (split payment plan available at checkout)
STATUS: OPEN     REGISTER ONLINE


Game DesignPHOTOSHOP/ GAME DESIGN ART Ages: 13 to 18yrs
Students will learn the fundamentals of Adobe Photoshop tools, layers, masks, and filters, as they are applied to 2D/3D visual game assets. This course will help students understand and the use of Photoshop in the pre-production of 2D games. Advanced shading, texturing, and lighting techniques will also be discussed. By the end of the course, students will have a greater proficiency in Photoshop, and a greater understanding of an intermediate knowledge of Game Design as applied to 2D visual assets.

SATURDAYS, 1:30PM-3:30PM, Sept 27 - Dec 13 (10 2-hour classes)
No class October 18th and November 29th
Teacher: Andrew Sherman, David Dollard & Andrew Griffith
Location: GMU Campus
Cost: $475* (split payment plan available at checkout)
STATUS: OPEN     REGISTER ONLINE

Game DesignFOUNDATIONS OF GAME DESIGN
Ages: 8 to 11yrs (recommended - call to inquire)

Using Game Star Mechanic and Construct - more information coming soon!







SATURDAYS, 1:30PM-3:30PM, Sept 27 - Dec 13 (10 2-hour classes)
No class October 18th and November 29th
Teacher: TBA Location: GMU Campus
Cost: $475* (split payment plan available at checkout)
STATUS: COMING SOON!     REGISTER ONLINE

Game DesignCOMPUTER ENGINEERING W/ RASPBERRY PI
(offered by Mindframe Education)
Ages: 10 to 14yrs (recommended - call to inquire)
More information coming soon - supply fee covers Raspberry Pi Kit, which the students can take home!







SATURDAYS, 10:00AM-12:00N, Sept 27 - Dec 13 (10 2-hour classes)
No class October 18th and November 29th
Teacher: Mindframe Location: GMU Campus
Cost: $475+$75supply* (split payment plan available at checkout)
STATUS: COMING SOON!     REGISTER ONLINE

Game DesignROBOTICS & ENGINEERING W/ ARDUINO
(offered by Mindframe Education)
Ages: 12 to 18yrs (recommended - call to inquire)
More information coming soon - supply fee covers Arduino Kit, which the students can take home!






SATURDAYS, 1:30PM-3:30PM, Sept 27 - Dec 13 (10 2-hour classes)
No class October 18th and November 29th
Teacher: Mindframe Location: GMU Campus
Cost: $475+$95supply* (split payment plan available at checkout)
STATUS: COMING SOON!     REGISTER ONLINE

Game DesignSAT PREP MATHCLOUD Ages: TBA
More information coming soon!









SUNDAYS, 1:30-3:30 PM, Sept 28 - Dec 7 (10 2-hour classes)
No class November 30th
Teacher: TBA Location: GMU Campus
Cost: $TBA* (split payment plan available at checkout)
STATUS: COMING SOON!     REGISTER ONLINE

Game DesignCYBERSECURITY: ORACLE Ages: TBA
More information coming soon!









SATURDAYS, 10:00AM-12:00N, Sept 27 - Dec 13 (10 2-hour classes)
No class October 18th and November 29th
Teacher: Ken Shade Location: GMU Campus
Cost: $TBA* (split payment plan available at checkout)
STATUS: COMING SOON!     REGISTER ONLINE

Game DesignCYBERSECURITY: MICROSOFT Ages: TBA
More information coming soon!









SUNDAYS, 1:30-3:30 PM, Sept 28 - Dec 7 (10 2-hour classes)
No class November 30th
Teacher: Ken Shade Location: GMU Campus
Cost: $TBA* (split payment plan available at checkout)
STATUS: COMING SOON!     REGISTER ONLINE

Game DesignCYBERSECURITY: CISCO Ages: TBA
More information coming soon!









SUNDAYS, 4:30-6:30 PM, Sept 28 - Dec 7 (10 2-hour classes)
No class November 30th
Teacher: Ken Shade Location: GMU Campus
Cost: $TBA* (split payment plan available at checkout)
STATUS: COMING SOON!     REGISTER ONLINE

Workhouse Arts Center PROGRAMS FOR AGES 6 TO 8YRS
The Mason Game & Technology Academy will continue to coordinate with the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, VA to provide engaging Computer Game Design educational classes to young children ages 6 through 8. Please note registration for these specific classes are NOT run through GMU's Potomac Arts Academy. Please visit the Workhouse website for more information!

WORKHOUSE ARTS CENTER WEBSITE

 

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All instructors and schedules are subject to change.

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