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Game Design Academy with Unreal Engine 5

  • Price: Starting at $4,499
  • Age: Ages 13-18
  • Skill Level: Beginner-Advanced
  • Format: iD Tech Academies | Small-Group, On-Campus
  • Duration: Two-week program

About This Course

Kickstart your game design career by building your own video game prototype with the industry’s hottest new tools in Unreal Engine 5. Learn the full development cycle of game production as you transform your ideas into a fully playable 3D prototype and take your place at the helm of creativity for your game’s final vision. In week one, build your prototype using the fundamentals of game design. Implement Unreal Engine’s unique Visual Scripting Blueprint system to develop essential mechanics and build the framework of your prototype.

In week two, define the scope of your project and transform your story and ideas into an immersive experience with compelling gameplay. Work independently as well as with your peers to create and develop your own video game prototype idea. Use all the skills you learned the first week to come together in a game jam-like environment to create and bring your unique vision to life. With an essential game design skill set, you’ll have all the tools you need to launch your finished UE5 prototype, polish your portfolio, and prep your work for college admissions and future career applications!

Topics Covered

  • Create a fully realized 3D game in Unreal Engine 5
  • Implement game elements with Blueprint Visual Scripting
  • Script custom events as well as damage, projectiles, and health systems
  • Create custom interactions between both friendly and enemy characters and the player
  • Write a game design document and develop gameplay mechanics

Course Format 

This course is part of an intensive 2-week summer program running Monday through Friday (overnight at most locations with the option to stay the weekend within the two weeks). Your teen will learn in a lab on an inspiring university campus with a balanced daily schedule of assignment-driven workshops and outdoor/recreational activities. Courses are led by experienced instructors in a small-group setting. Learn more below. 
 


Sample Schedule

In this course, students will explore game design to build a game prototype in Unreal Engine 5.

Here’s a sample of what each week in the course could look like! Please keep in mind that students will progress at varying paces; this is a general outline of the key material and overall student experience.

Begin with an in-depth look into Blueprints Visual Scripting with Unreal Engine 5. Students will design level prototypes and environments for their game. Then, they’ll implement game mechanic systems, including player movement and collectible items. To wrap up the first week, students will finalize the basic prototype of their game and add more advanced elements, such as health and damage systems.

In the second week, students will come together to work on a game idea along with their peers or create a project independently if they choose. They'll build upon their learned skills to create a video game prototype in small teams. Like a game jam, they’ll create a game prototype in an environment that simulates a real-life game development studio to work collaboratively and bring their vision to life.

At the end of the week, students will add finishing touches to their prototype and playtest their game with their peers. Students will polish and refine their game based on peer feedback and input and present their final projects to the group.

Portfolio-Boosting Diploma & Transcript

At the conclusion of your teen's course, they will receive an official iD Tech diploma and course transcript outlining the skills they learned over the session. 
 

Elite Staff & Experienced Instructors

Passion for tech. Unmatched expertise. Personality that brings out the absolute best in your student. With 25 years of experience, we know there's no replacement for the best teacher. Each year iD instructors go on to be hired by the most prestigious tech companies in the world like Google, EA, Disney, Microsoft, and more. When your student learns from the best, they’ll unlock opportunities to become their best. 

  • 100% USA-based, adult instructors

  • Recruited from top universities like Stanford, Caltech, and NYU

  • Rigorous background and reference checks

  • Robust training programs and certification

  • Adherence to American Camp Association accredited guidelines

Held at Premier University Locations

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FAQ

iD Tech Academies offer intensive, assignment-driven programming workshops in various course topics including machine learning, virtual reality, game development, robotics, and more. Programs are designed to be a rigorous, pre-college experience that provides industry insights for teens interested in pursuing STEM fields in college or as a career.

All graduates will leave their academy with a portfolio tailored to their course topic - which is invaluable for college applications, internships, and jobs - along with their iD Tech Diploma. 

This course is taught by iD Tech instructors.

Yes, this course is designed for beginner to advanced students. Our small class size ensures that each student receives individual attention and has the freedom to learn at their own pace.

In addition to specialized skills, teens leave their academy with a new network of friends and mentors, resilience, critical thinking opportunities, and official certification that stands out to admissions officers.

At the conclusion of the academy experience, teens will receive an official iD Tech diploma and course transcript outlining everything they learned during the program. They’ll also take home a USB with their course project files, along with access to installation and setup guides so they can continue working at their own pace.

Yes! You can register today for as little as $500 per student, and pay the balance in convenient monthly installments. 

You can also save by registering for multiple sessions (save $50 when you buy a second course in another topic or for a sibling), or by inviting friends to join at camp (earn a $25 credit for each new referral; your friends save $25 too). 

With our weeklong summer camps, teens can strike the perfect balance between STEM skill development and summer fun, experiencing collegiate life and learning on-campus at a prestigious university. (Overnight options available at select locations.)

Additionally, with online programs including private lessons, teen academies, and virtual camps, there is a program that fits your teen’s interests, skill level, goals, and importantly, schedule. Learn more.

Our Program Specialists are here to provide you with the best experience. Looking for a personalized course recommendation? Need help signing up? We’ve got you covered. Call us at 1-888-709-8324 or email hello@idtech.com

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