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Computer & Video Game Design Classes for Kids & Teens


Computer & Video Game Design Classes for Kids & Teens

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 Institute

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FALL 2013

SEPT/ OCT/NOV/ DEC

Game Design
Intro to
GAME DESIGN

AGES: 9 to 12yrs
recommended

$475*
payment plan
available at checkout
(10 2-hr classes)

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The journey begins here for those who are interested in the exciting world of Computer Game Design. Participants will learn the fundamentals of designing a computer game, where they are encouraged to work together in an interactive environment with other kids of similar interests and experience. Students will build and expand upon their own game ideas, and be provided an insider’s look at the Computer Game Design industry, with hands-on experience using current game engine tools.
*Completion of this course will prepare students for more advanced courses in the Summer Game Institute at Mason.

Teacher: Andrew Sweeney and Andrew Griffith
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SUNDAYS, 1:30PM-3:30PM, starts Sept 29th
Location: GMU School of Art & Design, Rm 2002

10 classes: 09/29, 10/06, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/03, 11/10,   11/17, 11/24, SKIP, 12/08
Makeup Class Date (Inclement Weather): 12/15
NO CLASS ON 12/01

STATUS: CLOSED

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Game Design
Game Modding:
MINECRAFT

AGES: 9 to 14yrs
recommended

$475*
payment plan
available at checkout
(10 2-hr classes)

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One of our most popular courses! This course is designed to teach students how to modify, customize, and add their very own mods to the popular game Minecraft. Students will begin using MCreator, a fun and engaging program used to make modding Minecraft as elegant as possible. As the class progresses, the students will be given the opportunity to explore deeper into the world of Minecraft modding through the Java programming language. In this class, students will learn the creation of blocks, items, tools, dimensions, new monsters, and even new villages.
*IMPORTANT: Participants are expected to already have their own Minecraft account (with login and password).

Teacher: Andrew Sweeney and Andrew Griffith
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SATURDAYS, 10:00AM-12:00N, starts Sept 28th
Location: GMU School of Art & Design, Rm 2002

10 classes: 09/28, 10/05, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/02, 11/09,   11/16, 11/23, SKIP, 12/07
Makeup Class Date (Inclement Weather): 12/14
NO CLASS ON 11/30

STATUS: CLOSED

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Game Design
3D GAME
Design

AGES: 13 to 18yrs
recommended

$475*
payment plan
available at checkout
(10 2-hr classes)

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The curriculum for this advanced class combines basic design and technology instruction using the Unity Game Engine to create interactive 3D immersive game environments. Students will learn to design complex levels and worlds, and they will be taught innovative game play scenarios. They will build original terrain, create lighting and shadow effects, and explore a variety of other 3D game assets.
*Recommended Prerequisite: Intro to Game Design course (contact Vera Lichtenberg - vlichten@gmu.edu - for more info!)

Teacher: Kenny Tyndal and Andrew Griffith
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SATURDAYS, 1:30PM-3:30PM, starts Sept 28th
Location: GMU School of Art & Design, Rm 2001

10 classes: 09/28, 10/05, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/02, 11/09,   11/16, 11/23, SKIP, 12/07
Makeup Class Date (Inclement Weather): 12/14
NO CLASS ON 11/30

STATUS: CLOSED

SPRING 2014

JAN/ FEB/ MAR/ APR

Game Design
Game Modding:
MINECRAFT

AGES: 9 to 13yrs
recommended

$475*
payment plan
available at checkout
(10 2-hr classes)

REGISTER ONLINE

One of our most popular courses! This course is designed to teach students how to modify, customize, and add their very own mods to the popular game Minecraft. Students will begin using MCreator, a fun and engaging program used to make modding Minecraft as elegant as possible. As the class progresses, the students will be given the opportunity to explore deeper into the world of Minecraft modding through the Java programming language. In this class, students will learn the creation of blocks, items, tools, dimensions, new monsters, and even new villages.
*IMPORTANT: Participants are expected to already have their own Minecraft account (with login and password).

Teacher: Andrew Sweeney and Andrew Sherman
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SUNDAYS, 1:30PM-3:30PM, starts Jan 26th
Location: GMU School of Art & Design, Rm 2002

10 classes: 01/26, 02/02, 02/09, 02/16, 02/23, 03/02, SKIP,   03/16, 03/23, 03/30, 04/06
Makeup Class Date (Inclement Weather): 04/13
NO CLASS ON 03/09

STATUS: SORRY, THIS CLASS IS FULL!

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Game Design
MINECRAFT:
Books Alive!

AGES: 9 to 13yrs
recommended

$475*
payment plan
available at checkout
(10 2-hr classes)

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Students will bring their favorite book to life in the world of Minecraft: Books Alive! In this modding course, they will learn to create new biomes or worlds (dimensions) and mobs (people) based on the setting and characters of their chosen book, along with the creation of the items, tools, creatures, and towns and villages found in their stories. As they create their book-inspired worlds and share their books with their friends, we’ll engage the class in exploring what makes a good story, and then help them translate their love of their book into the world of game design using Minecraft. They will begin using MCreator, a fun and engaging program used to make modding Minecraft as elegant as possible. As the class progresses, the students will be given the opportunity to use the Java programming language to customize their worlds to bring their chosen book to life in Minecraft.
*IMPORTANT: Participants are expected to already have their own Minecraft account (with login and password).

Teacher: Andrew Sweeney and Andrew Griffith
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SATURDAYS, 10:00AM-12:00N, starts Jan 25th
Location: GMU School of Art & Design, Rm 2002

10 classes: 01/25, 02/01, 02/08, 02/15, 02/22, 03/01, SKIP,   03/15, 03/22, 03/29, 04/05
Makeup Class Date (Inclement Weather): 04/12
NO CLASS ON 03/08

STATUS: SORRY, THIS CLASS IS FULL!

Game Design
MOBILE APP
Development

AGES: 13 to 18yrs
recommended

$475*
payment plan
available at checkout
(10 2-hr classes)

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In this course, students will learn to design and develop a mobile application for multiple mobile computing platforms, including iOS and Android/OUYA. Students will learn the basics of the Unity 3D Engine, a professionally used game engine, to design and create their own mobile apps. Students will learn mobile app scripting and design skills, and develop a functional mobile game at the conclusion of the course. They will learn to port their games to their personal mobile devices, and be provided guidance on the steps to take in order to publish their games.
Teacher: Andrew Sweeney and Andrew Griffith
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SATURDAYS, 1:30PM-3:30PM, starts Jan 25th
Location: GMU School of Art & Design, Rm 2001

10 classes: 01/25, 02/01, 02/08, 02/15, 02/22, 03/01, SKIP,   03/15, 03/22, 03/29, 04/05
Makeup Class Date (Inclement Weather): 04/12
NO CLASS ON 03/08

STATUS: SORRY, THIS CLASS IS FULL!
   

SUMMER 2014

JUNE/ JULY/ AUGUST

Game Design
SUMMER GAME
DESIGN &
TECHNOLOGY
For Ages 6 to 18

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Along with our Fall & Spring semester classes, we also offer an action-packed Summer Program at GMU in FAIRFAX and PRINCE WILLIAM.

Course offerings include:
• Intro to Game Design
• Game Modding: Minecraft
• Minecraft Specialty Courses
• Mobile App Development
• Game Art/ Animation
• 3D Game Design
• Web Creation/ Design
• Java & C# Programming
• Writing for Games
• Music & Sound For Games
• Concept Art to 3D Model
• Girls Tech Week
• CyberDefense Courses
& more!

Course content is structured to be age appropriate for ages 6-18. Details and registration for Summer 2014 will be posted by February 1st! These courses fill quickly!

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All instructors and schedules are subject to change.

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GAME DESIGN PROGRAM:

The Computer Game Design Studies program at Mason is a cutting edge academic concentration. Instructors for Potomac's programs are drawn from knowledgeable faculty and upper-level students from the University, and new course offerings will continue to be offerred in both Fall/Spring Semesters and during the Summer Game Institute. Join our Email List to stay updated!

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Our Computer Game Design Classes take place in the inspiring School of Art & Design building on the George Mason University campus in Fairfax VA. Parking is FREE on Saturdays & Sundays in Lot A next to the School of Art & Design building.

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