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  • iD Game Design & Development Academy Held at Lake Forest

    Summer Courses for Teens Ages 13-18

iD Game Design & Development Academy at LFC

In 1999, our independent family company set out to reinvent “camp” for the 21st century. Today, we’re the number #1 tech camp on the planet, with summer technology programs for kids and teens held at over 150 prestigious campuses nationwide. At Lake Forest College in the Chicago, IL area, we offer three distinct co-ed programs: iD Game Design & Development Academy and iD Programming Academy for teens ages 13-18, and iD Tech Camps for ages 7-17.

At select locations, we also offer Alexa Café and iD Tech Mini. Across all programs, you'll experience personalized learning with a maximum of 8 students per instructor, and use the best brand name products from industry leaders like Adobe, Apple, Autodesk, Google, and Microsoft. Innovative courses. Your pace. Your internalDrive.


NEARLY SOLD OUT: Due to extremely high demand for this program at Lake Forest College, most courses are sold out. If the course you want is sold out (see course grid below), please check real-time availability for game design and development courses at nearby locations: iD Tech Camps held at Lake Forest CollegeNorthwestern UniversityLoyola UniversityGEMS World Academy, or any of our other Illinois locations.

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iD Game Design & Development Academy Program Details

Co-ed | 2 Weeks | Intensive, Pre-College | Video Game Design and Development, Level Design, 3D Modeling & Animation

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, gain Industry Insights, meet new friends, and get a taste of the collegiate lifestyle. This summer, pursue your talents and passions, and gain a competitive advantage for college and beyond.

  • Choose from game design camps, 3D modeling & animation courses, 3D level design classes, and more, designed to prepare you for college and your dream career (View all courses at this location)
  • 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
  • Gain Industry Insights and interact with gaming 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
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About Lake Forest College

We have chosen Lake Forest College to host our summer teen camps in the Chicago area because of the school's convenient metropolitan location and lovely campus. The pristine and quiet 107-acre campus sits just a few blocks from Lake Michigan and is a short walk from quaint downtown Lake Forest. With its range of architectural styles and spacious park-like landscaping, Lake Forest College has access to a variety of resources for recreation, entertainment, culture, and enrichment in the surrounding communities and nearby Chicago, making it the perfect location for our line-up of intensive summer teen camps in Illinois.

The iD Game Design & Development Academy held at Lake Forest College 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. As part of the full university experience, students will eat in the campus dining halls and sleep in real dorms. All meals are included.

General Location: O'Hare International Airport and Midway are both 45-60 minutes away from the Lake Forest campus. Amtrak trains enter Chicago at Union Station. To reach Lake Forest from Chicago you will need to get to the Ogilvie Transportation Center where the METRA commuter train boards. The Ogilvie Transportation Center is located three long blocks north of Union Station at 500 West Madison Street, at the intersection of Madison and Canal Streets. There are two commuter lines that run to Lake Forest so be sure to board the Metra Union Pacific North Line. The train runs to and from Chicago 30 times a day.

Campus Info: Held at Lake Forest College
Lake Forest, IL 60045

Please note: Map and campus details are for general information only. Once you enroll, you will have access to our specific location on campus.

Testimonials from Lake Forest College

  • "I was so impressed with the camp as a whole. It is so nice to have a place where students' "special talents" can be recognized. My son will use this experience as a highlight on his college applications."
    - Karla D., Parent, Lake Forest iD Game Design & Development Academy
  • "I was very impressed with the knowledgeable and helpful staff at the iD Gaming Academy. My son really enjoyed his time at the camp and learned a lot of information that will be beneficial for his future game software experiences."
    - Tara B., Parent, Lake Forest iD Game Design & Development Academy
  • "Our son entered this camp with very little programming experience and in the span of two weeks, was able to build a finished game. There are lessons he learned that he will take with him as he pursues a career in the gaming industry. Thank you for all that you did for him."
    - Rosy S., Parent, Lake Forest iD Game Design & Development Academy
  • "My son received a good introduction to video game design during his time at the iD Gaming Academy. The instructors were very friendly and shared great tips on how to get into the video game design field."
    - Amanda W., Parent, Lake Forest iD Game Design & Development Academy
  • "Justin attended iD Tech Camps last year and enjoyed it so much that he returned this year for the iD Game Design & Development Academy. He is looking forward to coming back next year!"
    - Sandy O., Parent, Lake Forest iD Game Design & Development Academy
  • "My experience at the iD Gaming Academy was quite enjoyable. I learned a lot, ate good food and made some interesting friends."
    - Chris S., Student, Lake Forest iD Game Design & Development Academy
  • "Completing my final project was so fun, and all the instructors were very knowledgeable."
    - Ketki L., Student, Lake Forest iD Game Design & Development Academy
  • "The instructors were very helpful and informative! It was fun to also see their silly side!".
    - Sora S, Student, Lake Forest iD Game Design & Development Academy
  • "The program was fun and educational, and I made a lot of new friends."
    - Ryan W., Student, Lake Forest iD Game Design & Development Academy
  • "This was definitely a good learning experience. My instructor was the best ever."
    - Kyle B., Student, Lake Forest iD Game Design & Development Academy