SDCT Summer Institutes

Students at computers playing video games

Welcome to Extended Education at the School of Design and Creative Technologies!

Here, you will find information on two newly offered summer institutes. Designed and taught by UT faculty, high school students will learn about game design or graphic design. Both institutes provide students the unique opportunity to create a portfolio piece as they prepare to apply for college. See below for more information on both institutes and for contact information. 

Game Design Summer Institute

Student working on a game at a computer

DATES
June 17 - 28 (2 weeks)

TIMES
9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. each week day

LOCATION
Doty Fine Arts Building (DFA),  The University of Texas at Austin

UT AUSTIN FACULTY
Professor MJ Johns, Department of Arts and Entertainment Technologies

WHO
Students ages 14-18 and/or enrolled in high school

PRICE
$1299 for Early Bird registration through April 1; $1499 for regular registration

Games are more than just entertainment — they are a shared language of interaction. In this course, students will learn the design concepts behind creating a game experience including designing levels, game mechanics and interactivity, narrative, and player objectives. In addition to designing the experience, students will gain hands-on experience creating art and writing code to bring games to life.

This course will primarily use Unity, Maya, and Photoshop as development tools. 

PORTFOLIO PREPARATION
 
Upon finishing this course, students will have built and designed a completed game to use as a portfolio piece when applying to colleges.

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Graphic Design Summer Institute Sponsored by Southwest Airlines

Students designing at a computer

DATES
July 8 - 19 (2 weeks)

LOCATION
Doty Fine Arts Building (DFA), The University of Texas at Austin

TIMES
9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. each week day

UT AUSTIN FACULTY
Professor Jason Wilkins, Design Department

WHO
Students ages 14-18 and/or enrolled in high school

PRICE
$1299 for Early Bird registration through April 1; $1499 for regular registration

Looking around, we see an infinite number of colors, images, shapes, symbols and words. Graphic design touches nearly every aspect of life from ones shoes to modern technology and even architecture. It is everywhere, and yet, it is practically invisible.

During this summer institute, students will be introduced to graphic design and turn it from something invisible to something they can't help but see everywhere. A combination of learning design software like Adobe Illustrator and learning from actual objects will help students develop the ability to think creatively and work collaboratively to solve the various kinds of problems graphic designers grapple with, including:

  • How to create a logo that represents a company or cause
  • How to help people get from point A to point B
  • How to design an app that helps people reach their goals
Southwest Airlines Logo

PORTFOLIO PREPARATION

After taking this course, students will walk away with portfolio pieces that can be used for design school applications. 

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Camp Requirements

Any high school student who is between the ages of 14 and 18 or entering 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade may register. Both camps are day camps - no residence options will be provided overnight or over weekends, and students must bring their own lunches. Students do NOT need to have any prior game or graphic design experience to attend.

Scholarships

SDCTx has several need-based scholarships available to reduce the cost of attendance to our Summer Design Institutes. If interested, please fill out the scholarship application here: https://bit.ly/2WUQTmsApplications are due by Tuesday, May 28th at 5pm.

FAQs

For more information about SDCT Summer Institutes, please see the FAQ page.

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