Registration for our 2022 Summer Design Camps has closed. Thank you for your interest.

Designed and taught by UT faculty, high school students will learn about 2D game design, 3D game design, and animation & motion. All of our in-person design camps provide students the unique opportunity to create a portfolio piece as they prepare to apply for college.

2D Game Design

screenshot of 8 bit 2D video game

Dates: June 6 – June 10, 2022

Time: 10:00am – 3:00pm (time provided for lunch – please bring one from home)

Location: On campus in SDCT's state-of-the-art facilities (view Maps, Location & Parking)

In this camp, we'll be designing and developing custom 2D adventure games. Our goal is to create sticky situations for our players to escape from that include deadly traps and mysterious locked doors!

Course overview:

  • Day 1: Process, Game Design, Environment Assets
  • Day 2: Tilemaps, Level Design
  • Day 3: Character/Camera Movement, Interactions
  • Day 4: Audio Part 2, Adding Gameplay Intensity
  • Day 5: Polish, Bug Fixing, Showcase

Faculty: Jessie Contour

3D Game Design

screenshot of robot character in original video game

Dates: June 13 – June 17, 2022

Time: 10:00am – 3:00pm (time provided for lunch – please bring one from home)

Location: On campus in SDCT's state-of-the-art facilities (view Maps, Location & Parking)

In this course, we’ll be designing and developing a custom 3D endless runner game. Our goal is to create an endless world with tricky obstacles and lots of points to collect! 

Course overview:

  • Day 1: Process, Game Design, Level Design
  • Day 2: Asset Integration, Prefabs, Instantiation
  • Day 3: Character Movement, UI
  • Day 4: Programming Game Mechanics
  • Day 5: Polish, Bug Fixing, Showcase

Faculty: Jessie Contour

3D Animation & Motion

screenshot of animated character rigging in Maya

Dates: June 20 – June 24, 2022

Times: 10:00am – 3:00pm (time provided for lunch – please bring one from home)

Location: On campus in SDCT's state-of-the-art facilities (view Maps, Location & Parking)

In this course we’ll dive deep into the fundamentals of 3D character animation. Our goal is to create a custom video game character controller by using Autodesk Maya to keyframe our animation clips. At the end of the week we will export our animations into a game engine to test them out in real time!

Course overview:

  • Day 1: Welcome to Animation! Fundamentals of Motion
  • Day 2: Working with Character Rigs, Building a Walk Cycle
  • Day 3: Animation Complexity, Refining Motion with Animation Curves
  • Day 4: Exporting Animations to Unity, Building a Character Controller
  • Day 5: Polish, Bug Fixing, Showcase

Faculty: Mayet Andreassen

Pricing

Bundles available for multiple camps!

Early Bird Pricing (ends March 31)

  • 1 camp: $600
  • 2 camps: $550 each
  • 3 camps: $500 each

Regular Pricing (after March 31) 

  • 1 camp: $700
  • 2 camps: $650 each
  • 3 camps: $600 each

Registration Deadlines: 

  • 2D Game Design: May 30
  • 3D Game Design: June 6
  • 3D Animation & Motion: June 13

Scholarships

SDCT has a small number of partial need-based scholarships available for high school students who are residents of the state of Texas to attend our summer camps. Partial scholarships will cover 90% of the registration fee. The criteria for scholarship determination will be the student's Free and Reduced Lunch or Texas Medicaid status.

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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. Students do NOT need to have any prior experience to attend these camps. Computers will be provided on campus, however students may bring a laptop capable of running Unity or Maya if they wish.

View Past Camps

2021 SDCTx Summer Design Camps

2020 SDCTx Summer Design Camps

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