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For Parents

The Academy will be a thrilling and exciting program for your teenager. They will be provided with all of the tools necessary to design and develop a video game. Each student will have a computer workstation with the software needed to be a participating member of their team.

Take a look at these news stories on last year's camp.

Please note that this year the cost has been greatly reduced.

Our daily curriculum contains group and individual learning opportunities where students will have the opportunity to gain valuable team-building, creativity, problem solving, and artistic or programming skills..

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Students will use industry techniques to brainstorm and kick-start the creative process.
Breaking up into groups, students will improve their artistic or programming skills
A lunch break will give everyone a chance to recharge
All students will be introduced to various elements of game design.
Students will break up into their production teams to develop their own game.

What each student will need

Although we provide the tools, we will expect the following from your child:

  • creativity
  • a team spirit
  • an openness to new ideas
  • the willingness to learn
  • their sense of humor
  • did I mention creativity

Lunch is NOT provided by the Academy. Students are encouraged to bring their own lunch or purchase food at the Strawberry Square Food Court.

Tips for Success

The Academy's curriculum has been designed to give participants exposure to the real-world techniques, tools, and skills used in the entertainment industry. Student's will benefit from small class sizes, weekly industry guest speakers, lively critiques, and enthusiastic peers. To succeed and gain the best experience we expect your child to:

  • Spend a few moments each day (15-30 minutes) reflecting on the prior day's lessons and experiences
  • Join in on class discussions - posing questions, giving feedback, and encouraging other members of the program
  • Get plenty of rest each night to be prepared for the mental and physical excursion of the creative process
  • Each student should provide as much warning as possible if class(es) will be missed.
  • Experiment with multiple game types (computer, console, hand-held, board, card, physical) and genres.
  • PARTICIPATE and be open-minded to the creative process. Students should be open to sharing their work and experiences within the group.
  • Be polite, respectful, and courteous to the other program participants.


For more information check out our FAQ section or send your questions to TheAcademy





"The Central PA Gaming Academy will cover a number of aspects relating to video game development, including 3D modeling, game programming, and level design."