Students to create portion of video game, receive tablet and app kit

WORCESTER — This summer, Becker College is offering high school students the opportunity to learn more about the gaming industry with a two-week, hands-on, summer game camp.

The game studio camp will be held from July 6 – July 20 on the Worcester Campus. The program is designed to introduce high school students to all aspects of game development, including: game design; game art and animation; motion capture; programming; sound; testing; and production.

“This is an exciting camp that allows high school students with an interest in game design to gain valuable experience,” said Alan Ritacco, dean of Becker College’s School of Design and Technology. “The program will be taught by Becker College professors.”

Participants work as a part of a team that collaborates across all game development disciplines to build game projects. Using the same curriculum from Becker’s internationally acclaimed video game major, students in the studio will work side-by-side in a creative cohort that stresses the importance of teamwork and creative collaboration. In addition, said Ritacco, “They will be working on interactive and other games that they can apply in their college careers.”

Students who take part in the summer game studio live in Becker’s residence halls and eat in the College’s newly renovated dining hall during their entire camp experience. They will work and learn in the new state-of-the-art Colleen C. Barrett Center on Becker’s Worcester Campus, as well as other facilities. These facilities include Game and Computer Labs, Game and Live studio space, and an Augmented Reality / Virtual Reality lab.

At the end of the studio, students will have created a portion of a video game and other assets. In addition, participants will have gained an understanding of the behind-the-scenes operations of a real game studio.

Every student who participates in the summer game studio camp will receive a mobile app development kit, including a tablet to take home at the end of the program.

For more information, please contact Donald Desrochers by phone at 781.526.2525 or via email at donald.desrochers@becker.edu. You can also visit the Becker College website at https://www.becker.edu/academic/academic-programs/design-technology/summer-camps-and-tournaments-in-2019/

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