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Game Lab Summer Institute

Develop analog
and digital games
that reflect your
creative voice

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Learn fundamentals of game design to build compelling worlds and characters

The UCLA Game Lab Summer Institute introduces high school students to game-making as a form of artistic practice, teaching them the techniques and tools that will help them develop analog and digital games that reflect their own creative voice and vision. No previous game-making skills are required, but students with an interest in games and in the visual arts, in particular, will find the curriculum especially stimulating and rewarding. Students in the program develop a solid aesthetic and technical foundation in various aspects of game design–but just as importantly, they begin learning how to express their own, personal ideas through game-making and game art.

Taught by alumni of the internationally renowned UCLA Game Lab, the two-week program leads students through four, hands-on courses in game development. These workflow-oriented classes focus on:

  • Learning the fundamentals of game design
  • Creating compelling game characters
  • Building game worlds
  • Programming/coding games

By the end of the two weeks, students will have created complete games or game assets in each of the four classes. Students leave the program with game art they can include in their college application portfolios.

The institute also provides students with a rare opportunity to receive invaluable feedback that will prove useful to academic and career considerations in the gaming field and earn four units of pass/no pass UC credit.

Fees and Payment Info

The fee for a summer course is calculated based on the unit value the course carries. In addition to the course fee, students are assessed other campus and administrative fees during the summer. Below is a summary of fees that apply to all UCLA students (both in-state and out-of-state).

For a complete description of fees including payment instructions, refunds, delinquency and financial aid, visit the fees, payment and financial aid section.

 

NOTE: The program fee listed in the selection are for the In-Person version only, the following are the program fees for the Virtual version.

  • High School Student = $2,330
  • Incoming UCLA Student = $2,006
  • Incoming UC Student = $2,006

All other fees listed will remain the same for the Virtual version.

Program Fee $2,425
Registration Fee $350
IEI Fee $61
Document Fee (for first-time Summer Sessions students) $50

Meet your instructors

All faculty and teaching assistants are practicing game design artists and educators affiliated with the UCLA Game Lab, with extensive experience and expertise in their respective course subjects. Each course will be led by a faculty instructor and teaching assistant, with additional staff to provide support.