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VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY

iD GAME DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY AT VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY

In 1999, our independent family company set out to reinvent “camp” for the 21st century. At iD Tech Academies, we provide intensive summer tech programs for teens ages 13-18. For students ages 7-17, we also offer iD Tech Camps. Our programs are held at over 80 prestigious universities throughout the U.S., including Villanova University in the Philadelphia area. At Villanova, we offer two distinct programs: iD Game Design & Development Academy, and iD Tech Camps. We guarantee a maximum of 8 students per instructor for personalized learning, and use the best brand name products from industry leaders like Adobe®, Apple®, Autodesk®, Google, and Microsoft®. Innovative courses. Your pace. Your internalDrive.

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iD GAME DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY (Ages 13-18)

2-WEEKS | CO-ED | OVERNIGHT ONLY | TEEN-ONLY | INTENSIVE PRE-COLLEGE EXPERIENCE
COURSE TOPICS: VIDEO GAME DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT, LEVEL DESIGN, 3D MODELING & ANIMATION
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ABOUT iD GAME DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY

At iD Game Design & Development Academy, we offer 2-week, intensive programs covering game development, game programming, level design, and 3D modeling. Courses are for beginner to advanced teens ages 13-18. Work with industry-standard applications like Autodesk® Maya®, Adobe® Photoshop®, Unreal® Engine, and more. At our video game camp for teens, you’ll learn from elite faculty, create your own game development portfolio, tour a major game studio, meet new friends, and get a taste of the collegiate lifestyle.

  • Discover 3D modeling, game programming, level design, and more
  • Work with professional software from industry leaders including Microsoft®, Autodesk®, and Unity
  • Learn from qualified, adult faculty in small, personalized classes of 8 students maximum, guaranteed
  • Tour a major game design studio and gain insight from industry professionals
  • Show off your gaming skills in LAN tournaments (after instructional time)
  • Graduate with an online portfolio
  • Receive an (optional) Official Transcript with Continuing Education Units
  • Win GUNNAR Advanced Gaming Eyewear glasses at each session

This summer, pursue your talents and passions, and gain a competitive advantage for college and beyond.

LEARNING

  • 8:1 Ratio Guarantee: We do it differently—this isn’t school. We guarantee 8 students per instructor for personalized learning. Every time.
  • Personalized Instruction: Your path, at your pace. Most of our courses are beginner through advanced. If a course has prerequisites, you’ll be notified during registration. You’ll be immersed in a blended learning environment using our iD Game Plan 2.0 engine, along with one-on-one instruction from our team of educators. Our approach allows you to learn at an appropriate, customized pace.
  • Project-Based Curriculum: At iD, you learn by doing—it’s hands-on. You’ll work with industry-standard hardware and software, complete a final project, create an online portfolio, and bring your new tech knowledge into the real world.

FACULTY

  • Adult-Only Instructors: We don’t cut corners by hiring Counselors-in-Training. Instead, we employ energetic, tech-savvy, adult-only instructors to teach our courses and supervise our kids and teens. We recruit from thousands of candidates, and select from the best. It doesn’t hurt that we’ve been named a Top Workplace 4 years in a row, and that we have the reputation as the #1 Tech Camp on the planet. The top talent works at iD.
  • Best of the Best: Many iD instructors are students or graduates of prestigious universities like Stanford, MIT, Princeton, and Yale. Some are industry professionals. Others began as iD students and have returned to give back to the next generation of innovators!

MEALS

  • A Taste of College: We eat right in the university dining halls! (If the dining hall is closed, we will bring in catered meals or eat in the University food court). Meal plans are available for Day Campers and Overnight Campers. The food is generally good at most campuses. More and more campuses are paying attention to important details like organic and sustainably-farmed food sources, kosher and vegetarian options, and a variety of overall healthier options.

SAFETY & RISK MANAGEMENT

  • American Camp Association® Accreditation: iD Tech is Accredited by the Southern California Region of the ACA—and we spread those best practices to each of our programs across the country. Being ACA Accredited means we have met over 300 health and safety requirements.
  • Background Checks: We conduct criminal background checks, sexual offender background checks, multiple reference checks and identification checks on all summer staff members.
  • CPR & First-Aid: All program locations are staffed with CPR Certified Directors and instructors.
  • Risk Management Training: Our staff members attend in-person risk management training, and our content is updated every year as conditions change.

TUITION

Tuition cost includes:

  •   Custom iD t-shirt
  •   iD Diploma with instructor insights
  •   8:1 student to instructor ratio guarantee
  •   Final project portfolio with pen drive
  •   Access to online curriculum after camp
  •   Campus tours (most locations)
  •   Studio tours (most locations)
  •   Outdoor activities
  •   Gaming tournaments
  •   Software savings (most courses)
  •   New skills and self-confidence

OPTIONAL ADD-ONS

OTHER TECH PROGRAMS OFFERED AT VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY

 

iD TECH CAMPS (Ages 7-17)

WEEKLONG | CO-ED | DAY CAMPS | OVERNIGHT CAMPS | AGE SEGMENTED
COURSE TOPICS: VIDEO GAME DESIGN, PROGRAMMING, APPS, WEB DESIGN & MORE
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ABOUT THIS UNIVERSITY

Please note: Map and campus details are for general information only. Once you enroll, you will have access to our specific location on campus. Want to Carpool? Go green and save some green when you carpool to camp. Sign up for our Carpool app in My Account to see the other families in your area that are interested in carpooling.

ABOUT VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY

We have chosen the Villanova University campus to host our intensive summer teen camps in the Philadelphia area because it has one of the country’s top engineering educational programs. Consistently ranked the #1 “Best College” in the North by U.S. News and World Report, Villanova is a comprehensive Roman Catholic institution that welcomes students of all faiths and offers a wide variety of degree programs through its four colleges.

The iD Game Design& Development Academy is a one-of-a-kind offering for students seeking to get better at the art and science of game development. The program is intended for high-school-aged students ages 13-18.

General Location: Philadelphia International Airport is located 25 minutes from our summer computer camps in Villanova, PA, making Villanova an excellent option for our multiple Northeast summer computer camps. The campus is also directly accessible by train. Come check out our Pennsylvania summer camps!

CAMPUS LIFE & MEALS

As part of the full university experience, students will eat in university dining halls and sleep in real dorms. All meals are included.

BIG-TIME GAME DEVELOPMENT STUDIOS IN PENNSYLVANIA

iD Game Design & Development Academy participants will visit the renowned studio CipherPrime. Overall, the local industry is pursuing an aggressive investment and development strategy to gain a national and internationally-recognized reputation for excellence in game design. As an example, The Philadelphia Videogame Growth Initiative (PVGI) is a new initiative started by several game developers and professionals in Philadelphia and surrounding areas. They are seeking to develop a stronghold in Philadelphia to promote top name studios to set up shop in the greater Philadelphia area.

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THE NEXT GAMING HOTSPOT

Philadelphia is ideally located between 5 major video game hubs, which lends it a massive local talent pool. Game studios are delighted to select from the region’s top students with noteworthy portfolios. Recent university graduates are a well-educated, hungry bunch. The Philadelphia area boasts many nearby prestigious universities (over 40 within 30 minutes – and many with new game design and programming degrees), an artistic community, and lower cost of living than Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco – which equates to lower start-up costs for game studios. So, where do you get the relevant skills to start building a game development portfolio before entering college? The answer is the iD Game Design & Development Academy at Villanova University.

TESTIMONIALS FROM VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY iD GAME DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY

WHAT PARENTS ARE SAYING

“I wish I had known about this sooner. I would have signed my son up when he was 13 and every year after that. It is a great experience for my child and it helped him decide what he wanted to do in his future.” James P., Parent, Villanova iD Game Design & Development Academy

“Thanks for the great experience. This definitely helped my son in trying to figure out what he wants to do in the future.” Pete D., Parent, Villanova iD Game Design & Development Academy

“Thank you so much. The staff who manage the program are wonderful.” -Aimee R., Parent, Villanova iD Game Design & Development  Academy

“My son really enjoyed modeling; this was his fourth summer at iD Game Design & Development Academy, taking different classes each time; he is still learning new things.” -David S., Parent, Villanova iD Game Design & Development Academy

“Thank you for encouraging my son to continue on the path he wishes to follow for his future career. I also appreciate the discussions he had with the staff in regards to colleges, and how to work towards getting into them.” -Rebecca R., Parent, Villanova iD Game Design & Development Academy

WHAT ACADEMY STUDENTS ARE SAYING

“I’ve been to the academy twice before, and it was great as always.” -Andrew K., Student, Villanova iD Game Design & Development Academy

“This camp has been the perfect combination of work and fun. I feel like I now have a really good understanding of Maya. Yet, I had a fun and awesome experience at the same time. I met a lot of great people and the staff was great. I hope to do it again next year!” -Lucas E., Student, Villanova iD Game Design & Development Academy

“I loved the counselors – they were great and taught me a ton. I can’t wait to come again.” -Jacob N., Student, Villanova iD Game Design & Development Academy

“This was an excellent program! I learned so much in such a short time and made some good friends in the process. There wasn’t a day that went by without a laugh and a memory. Epic two weeks.” -James P., Student, Villanova iD Game Design & Development Academy

“Great time…the instructors were amazing and the jokes we shared were great. The staff made the whole experience.” -Toby L., student, Villanova iD Game Design & Development Academy

iD IN THE NEWS

NEWS

Article as Appeared in Poughkeepsie Journal – A Different Summer Camp…

By Chris Valdez July 24, 2013 Imaginations come to life during the summer. Focused on their computers, kids at the iD Tech Camp at Vassar College created their own video games, apps for mobile devices and other programs. Across the hall, a camper with a frightening white-painted face groaned like a zombie as he chased [...]

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Coding Camps for Kids Rise in Popularity – Article as Written by The Associated Press

By Christina A. Cassidy …So-called coding camps for children are becoming more popular amid a growing effort to expand access to computer programming and inspire more youths to seek computer science degrees and careers in technology. Their rise underscores a seeming mismatch in the U.S. economy: people like Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Tumblr founder [...]

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Camp Minecraft: How educators use the block-building game to inspire kids to code – Article as Appeared on VentureBeat.com

By Jeffrey Grubb April 17, 2013 Summer camp used to mean swimming, hiking, and bonfires. These days it could mean mines, exploding creepers, and Java™Script. Educational group iD Tech Camps is using the block-building sandbox Minecraft and other games to teach children about science, technology, education, and math (STEM). The organization holds its camps over [...]

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Watch iD Tech Camps on ABC Philadelphia News!

Last night, ABC Philadelphia News aired a summer camp piece featuring our Villanova summer camps and iD Gaming Academy!  Complete with a brief student interview, the spot details two of our Pennsylvania summer programs for kids and teens.  Check out the clip below.

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Watch iD Tech Camps on NBC’s Today Show with Kathie Lee and Hoda!

This morning, NBC’s Kathie Lee and Hoda sat down with Rory Halperin of Time Out New York Kids magazine to talk summer camps.  One of their favorites?  iD Tech Camps!  Check out the clip below for the full segment where they touch on game programming for kids, app development, and more. Visit msnbc.com for breaking [...]

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Summer Camps in NJ and PA News – As Appeared in the Princeton Packet

Move Over Arts and Crafts by Candice Szymczak Article about our Summer camps in NJ and PA!

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As appeared in Bloomberg Businessweek – Computer Camp: No Canoes, Just Coding (and Kickball)

Junior programmers are flocking to Stanford, MIT, and elsewhere to hone their app-writing skills By George Anders Michael Matias traveled 7,400 miles to camp this summer. Usually the 15-year-old computer enthusiast finds plenty to do in Tel Aviv, his hometown. But when a friend won renown as a hotshot programmer after attending a California tech [...]

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As appeared in the Main Line Media News – Camp 2.0: Kids learn technology at Villanova

Monday, July 20, 2011 By Meghan Morris He’s only 7 years old, not yet a second-grader at Valley Forge Elementary School, but Adam Gould is certain of his future. He does not just aspire to be an inventor: this, he says, is what he was made for. “I was created to be an inventor,” he [...]

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As appeared in The Pittsburgh Tribune – article about PA summer camp activities

Website helps connect bored kids with hands-on summer activities By Patrick Cloonan An 8-year-old might enjoy a treasure hunter’s week that uses map-reading and riddles to find hidden trails and prizes. A teenager could learn how to design unique fashions or perfect a jump shot. A soon-to-be-kindergartner’s eyes might light up at the thought of [...]

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As appeared in Parent’s Express – article about youth summer camps

Not your parents’ camp experience By Kristin Boyd When it came time to select a summer activity last year, twins Ross and Scott Padalino of Bucks County were uninterested in the typical fishing/hiking/roasting-marshmallows-on-an-open-fire/sleep-away camps. Instead, the computer enthusiasts enrolled in iD Tech Camp, where staff members taught them how to build interactive Web sites using [...]

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As appeared in My School Rocks Magazine – Camping Goes High Tech by Resa Goldberg

January 2010 by Resa Goldberg Twins Ross and Scott had such a great time at iD Tech Camp last summer they immediately began talking about going back this year. Their mom’s condition that they help pay for it would have silenced most kids. Not Ross and the Scott. But they didn’t consider opening a lemonade [...]

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As appeared in The Pittsburgh Tribune – article about our PA summer camps for kids in Pittsburgh

Tech camp helps youngsters play creator By Rick Wills Click here to read the full article about our Pittsburgh summer camps

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As appeared in The Philadelphia Tribune – article about our PA summer camps for kids in Philadelphia

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FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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What courses are offered at this location?

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When does the program start?

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How much does this teen camp cost?

The cost for the two-week residential teen camp is US $3,699-$3,899. Check our site for special promotions. For students ages 13 and up, Continuing Education Units are available from Stanford Continuing Studies, for an additional fee. Weekend Stays are optional, but recommended, and cost $369 per weekend. Most students choose to stay the weekend with us.

How can I save on tuition?

Please see our current Promotions.

A thoughtful cancellation policy? Really?

We know plans change. You can register now, and make as many changes as you like (courses, locations, dates, etc.) without and fees or penalties. We only ask that you try to not make changes 3 weeks from the start of your session—there is a $35 fee within the 3-week window. When you enroll, there is a non-refundable deposit of $250 per week. Should you need to cancel, you can transfer your registration to a family member or friend. Balance payments, less the non-refundable $250 deposit, are refundable up to three weeks prior to the start of your session. No refunds will be issued for cancellations or withdrawals within three weeks of the start of your session. If you need to cancel, we ask that you go online to My Account to cancel your session, or send us an email to info@iDTech.com. For more details, please see our Terms & Conditions.

Does my student need to have a high computer IQ?

No. Most courses are for beginner to advanced students. Because of our small ratios, instructors work with students one-on-one to personalize the curriculum. For courses that do contain prerequisites, we’ll notify you during the registration process so you don’t accidentally enroll a beginner student in an advanced course.

Should my student bring a personal laptop to camp?

Students do not need to bring laptops to camp. We provide a computer for each student to use for the week. All materials necessary for the course will be provided.

Do you offer any other teen programs?

We also offer weeklong courses for teens at iD Tech Camps (ages 7-17). Courses and activities are divided into teen courses and pre-teen courses. In some cases, teens and pre-teens will study in the same lab (but will not be mixed in the same class). Other iD Tech Academies for teens include iD Programming Academy, and iD Film Academy. We aim to strike the right balance of independence, but rest assured—students will be supervised at all times. Teens enjoy extra privileges appropriate for their environment and maturity levels, including computer gaming tournaments. (Jump to all Teen Programs)

How do I register?

To register, click here.

How do I contact you?

Feel free to phone us at 1-888-709-TECH (8324) or 1-408-871-2227, or email us at info@iDTech.com. If you’d like a brochure sent to you, please click here.