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    iD Game Design & Development Academy

Virtual Reality Level Design With Unreal Engine 4

Unreal Engine 4 Summer Course for Teens Ages 13-18

Division
iD Game Design & Development Academy
Ages
13-18 (Must turn 13 by 12-31-17)
Skill Level
Beg - Adv
Ratio Guarantee
8 students per instructor
Prerequisite
None
Software
HTC Vive, Unreal Engine 4

Course Description

Step into the immersive world of VR with HTC Vive and Unreal Engine 4. Whether flipping tables or shooting arrows, the combined power of these tools creates an experience unlike any other. Be at the forefront of the next evolution of gaming by creating unique levels. Your new portfolio of VR game design will be sure to impress.

What Will Students Take Home?

Students will take home all project files including custom textures, audio, and Photoshop files.

Additional Course Information

Learn what makes a game exciting and the strategies behind compelling gameplay as you create your own levels. Dedicated gamers and game developers will be introduced to a variety of tactics and strategies designed by our curriculum and faculty experts. You'll head home with considerable new game-level design skills and a better understanding of underlying game mechanics. You'll never look at games the same way again!

What Will Students Learn?

Students Will Learn to:

  • Build levels and environments out of geometry
  • Develop realistic VR worlds
  • Place actors such as lights, weapons, and meshes
  • Create and use custom textures
  • Use Blueprints (the visual programming language of Unreal Engines)

Top Skills Gained

Software & Hardware Skills Development

  • Unreal Engine 4
  • HTC Vive
  • Adobe Photoshop

STEM & 21st Century Skills Development

  • Project planning
  • Creativity
  • Problem solving
  • Game logic
  • Critical thinking

Session Outline

Week One: Get familiar with Blueprints, the comprehensive development toolset featured in Unreal Engine 4. Navigate menus and brush tools, work with viewports, and apply or adjust textures. Learn how to implement fundamental game play elements such as creating bases, player spawns, and particle effects. Once you learn the basics of Unreal Engine, you'll begin using the HTC Vive to create realistic VR experiences.

Week Two: Now that you've reached a comfort level with Unreal Engine 4, you'll begin to explore the finer points of good level design. You'll discover effective strategies for creating compelling levels and developing different games for virtual environments. Construct interior and exterior levels while learning texture and lighting techniques for achieving a desired mood. Storytelling comes into play as we break down how to use triggers and events. Wrap up the session with level refinement and polish, balancing design, overall challenging game-play, and final testing. Take home your original game designs.

Skill Level | Is This Level Design Course for Your Student?

This course with Unreal Engine and the HTC Vive is designed for ages 13-18. There are no prerequisites other than a desire to develop realistic virtual experiences with one of the most advanced game engines on the market. Our ever-evolving curriculum is appropriate for beginner to advanced learners, allowing students to move along at their own pace. Instructors customize the curriculum to fit each student's progress and unique project goals.

Our Recommendations

If you're considering studying game design or computer science in college, or if you want to explore a potential career direction, this level design summer program is the perfect starting point. You'll learn the basics of game design from top instructors with industry experience and collaborate with peers to bring your creative visions to life. Should you need assistance, feel free to call us at 1-888-709-8324—we're happy to make personal recommendations.

Where Is This Course Offered?

  • California - Northern
    • iD Tech Camps

      Day Camp: Ages 7-17

      Overnight Camp: Ages 10-17

      iD Coding & Engineering Academy

      Overnight Camp: Ages 13-18

      iD Game Design & Development Academy

      Overnight Camp: Ages 13-18

      Nearby Airports

      NOTE: We do NOT do airport pick-ups or drop-offs.


      SAN JOSE: SJC (18 miles, 30 mins by car, 1 hr 25 mins public transit)

      SAN FRANCISCO: SFO (22 miles, 35 mins by car, 1 hr 10 mins public transit)

      OAKLAND: OAK (31 miles, 45 mins by car, 2 hr 20 mins public transit)

      Palo Alto, CA
  • California - Southern
    • iD Tech Camps

      Day Camp: Ages 7-17

      Overnight Camp: Ages 10-17

      iD Game Design & Development Academy

      Overnight Camp: Ages 13-18

      Nearby Airports

      NOTE: We do NOT do airport pick-ups or drop-offs.


      SANTA ANA: SNA (3 miles, 10 mins by car, 25 mins public transit)

      LOS ANGELES: LAX (42 miles, 40 mins by car, 4 hr public transit)

      Irvine, CA
  • Georgia
    • iD Tech Camps

      Day Camp: Ages 7-17

      Overnight Camp: Ages 10-17

      iD Coding & Engineering Academy

      Overnight Camp: Ages 13-18

      iD Game Design & Development Academy

      Overnight Camp: Ages 13-18

      Nearby Airports

      NOTE: We do NOT do airport pick-ups or drop-offs.


      ATLANTA: ATL (15 miles, 22 mins by car, 1 hr 10 mins public transit)

      Atlanta, GA
  • Illinois
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      Day Camp: Ages 7-17

      Overnight Camp: Ages 10-17

      Alexa Cafe

      Day Camp: Ages 10-15

      Overnight Camp: Ages 10-15

      iD Coding & Engineering Academy

      Overnight Camp: Ages 13-18

      iD Game Design & Development Academy

      Overnight Camp: Ages 13-18

      Nearby Airports

      NOTE: We do NOT do airport pick-ups or drop-offs.


      CHICAGO: ORD (26 miles, 40 mins by car, 2 hrs 10 mins public transit)

      CHICAGO: MDW (42 miles, 1 hr by car, 2 hrs 20 mins public transit)

      Lake Forest, IL
  • New York
    • iD Tech Camps

      Day Camp: Ages 7-17

      Alexa Cafe

      Day Camp: Ages 10-15

      iD Coding & Engineering Academy

      Day Camp: Ages 13-18

      iD Game Design & Development Academy

      Day Camp: Ages 13-18

      Nearby Airports

      NOTE: We do NOT do airport pick-ups or drop-offs.


      NEW YORK: LGA (11 miles, 20 mins by car, 1 hr public transit)

      NEWARK: EWR (14 miles, 30 mins by car, 1 hr public transit)

      NEW YORK: JFK (20 miles, 40 mins by car, 1 hr 30 mins public transit)

      New York, NY
  • North Carolina
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      Day Camp: Ages 7-17

      Overnight Camp: Ages 10-17

      iD Coding & Engineering Academy

      Overnight Camp: Ages 13-18

      iD Game Design & Development Academy

      Overnight Camp: Ages 13-18

      Nearby Airports

      NOTE: We do NOT do airport pick-ups or drop-offs.


      RALEIGH-DURHAM: RDU (18 miles, 22 mins by car, 1 hr 10 mins public transit)

      Chapel Hill, NC
  • Pennsylvania
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      Day Camp: Ages 7-17

      Overnight Camp: Ages 10-17

      iD Game Design & Development Academy

      Overnight Camp: Ages 13-18

      Nearby Airports

      NOTE: We do NOT do airport pick-ups or drop-offs.


      PHILADELPHIA: PHL (21 miles, 30 mins by car, 1 hr public transit)

      Villanova, PA
  • Washington
    • iD Tech Camps

      Day Camp: Ages 7-17

      Overnight Camp: Ages 10-17

      Alexa Cafe

      Day Camp: Ages 10-15

      Overnight Camp: Ages 10-15

      iD Coding & Engineering Academy

      Overnight Camp: Ages 13-18

      iD Game Design & Development Academy

      Overnight Camp: Ages 13-18

      Nearby Airports

      NOTE: We do NOT do airport pick-ups or drop-offs.


      SEATTLE: SEA (19 miles, 25 mins by car, 1 hr 20 mins public transit)

      Seattle, WA

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Hours & Tuition

Overnight Program

Ages: 13-18
Check-In: 6pm Sunday
Pick-Up: 3-4pm Fri (varies by site)
Tuition: From $3,799 (per 2-week session)
Meals: Included

Please note: Prices are in US Dollars. All taxes included. In addition to the prices listed above, there will be a one-time Safety & Compliance Fee of $20 per student per year. Additionally, a minimum deposit of US $500 is required at the time of registration. Academy sessions are two weeks in length and are all-inclusive of meals, housing, instruction, and supervision. For beginner to advanced students, we offer intensive, pre-college courses in game design, game programming, level design, and 3D modeling & animation. Programs are held at top academic institutions and availability varies by location. Please check your site of choice for specific course offerings.

Your Tuition Includes:

  • 8:1 student-to-instructor ratio (guaranteed)
  • Diploma with transcript and instructor insights
  • Final portfolio and software discounts
  • Custom Academy t-shirt, H2O bottle
  • Outdoor time, campus tours (most locations)
  • Gaming tournaments
  • Access to online curriculum (iD Game Plan)

Optional Add-ons

Weekend Stays

Add $379 per weekend

We invite you to stay the weekend BETWEEN the two weeks—most students elect to stay. Room, board, activities, excursions, meals, and supervision are included over the weekend. You’re also welcome to stay the weekend AFTER your 2-week program. Please note: Program availability varies by location—please check your site of choice for specific course offerings.

Continuing Education Units

Add $198 per 2-week session

Gain a competitive edge for college—Accredited Continuing Education Units issued by Villanova University are available for purchase upon registration.

Tech Rocket (Online Learning)

Add $179 (annual subscription)

Build your STEM skills year-round with our online subscription service. Learn from tech tutorials, compete in gaming tournaments, and stay connected through community forums. Tech Rocket is the perfect add-on to iD Programming Academy.

The Academy Experience

University Immersion

Teens experience independent college life in a supervised environment. This pre-college program is overnight-only, so teens stay in real college dorms, eat in dining halls and get a feel for daily life on campus. Choose the recommended Weekend Stays option to have even more time to explore campus and local attractions.

Portfolio Building

Establishing a portfolio sets our participants apart from their peers on college and internship applications. Finished portfolios include a bio page and samples of completed projects.

Accredited Continuing Education Units

Build up your resume for college by earning Continuing Education Units. Receive an official transcript from Villanova University (available for purchase at all Academy locations). CEU Credits demonstrate that students have completed course content of college-level difficulty.

Gaming Tournaments

Game on! Expect late-night NVIDIA-powered gaming tournaments with Team Fortress 2. Other games available for recreational gameplay include Counter-Strike, Half-Life 2, Left 4 Dead 2, and more. Gaming tournaments do not infringe on instructional time.

Industry Insights

Get a feel for future career options and meet industry professionals. Depending on session location and availability, students tour big-name studios like Hi-Rez Studios, Turbine, Inc., Electronic Arts, CipherPrime and more.

Instruction

Discover what sets our teaching style apart.

8:1 Staff Ratio Guarantee

We guarantee small class sizes, with a maximum of 8 students per instructor. At iD, our teaching philosophy is premised on personalization—your path, at your pace. Passionate, all-adult instructors guide you through tailored curriculum with one-on-one teaching. The immersive environment is ideal for fostering creativity and allowing you to reach your learning potential. Read more about our 8:1 iD Guarantee.

Two-week, Intensive Courses | High-Level Curriculum

Our 2-week courses at the Academy provide you with the right amount of time to get comfortable in your field of study and put your knowledge to use with hands-on projects. You'll have ample time to work on your online portfolio, enjoy excursions and tours of nearby facilities, relax with late-night gaming tournaments, and explore campus (Weekend Stays optional).

Other Activities

You can expect roughly 6-7 hours a day of instruction, with plenty of time for campus excursions, socializing, outdoor activities, video game tournaments, and more. Parents want peace-of-mind and student supervision—teens want a taste of independence. We work hard to provide the right balance. We hope to make your experience valuable and memorable.

All-Adult Staff

Our entire staff is comprised of adults ages 18 and over. We do not hire Counselors-in-Training (CITs) at our summer technology camps. We believe you learn best from adults who have mastered their technology skills. Some of our instructors are tech industry professionals. Others are graduate and undergraduate students majoring in the fields of computer science, engineering, app development, film, and other related fields. We’re extremely selective when it comes to our summer staff.

Friday Launch Party for Families

On the last day of the two-week program during the Launch Party, instructors present each student with a personalized iD Tech Diploma and recap students' key accomplishments. Afterwards, students unveil their final projects to parents and siblings, demonstrating all that they learned in just two weeks at the Academy.

Reviews

Level Design Camp Reviews & Testimonials

  • "I have been extremely impressed with the professionalism of the staff, who achieved this while still maintaining a fun environment!"
    - Andrea R., Parent, Virtual Reality Level Design With Unreal Engine 4
  • "Got my son thinking about college and helped him put together his portfolio - a web-site - very helpful!"
    - Maria B., Parent, Virtual Reality Level Design With Unreal Engine 4
  • "Son had a terrific week. He is happy, relaxed and enthusiastic about returning next year. Particularly enthusiastic about his instructor."
    - Poe C., Parent, Virtual Reality Level Design With Unreal Engine 4
  • "My son's instructor appeared to be a great and very qualified UDK instructor. I was really impressed with her and the technical level of interaction she had with my son." -Bryan K., Parent
    - , Virtual Reality Level Design With Unreal Engine 4
  • "This was my son's first time away at an overnight camp. He was very comfortable with the facilities, the staff and housing. I would recommend the camp to other parents who may be cautious placing their child in someone else's hands for two weeks."
    - Kelly L., Parent, Virtual Reality Level Design With Unreal Engine 4
  • The instructors were great, always able to answer questions and very knowledgeable."
    - Michael C., Student, Virtual Reality Level Design With Unreal Engine 4
  • "It was a great learning experience and a great way to meet others with the same interests as myself. It was very easy to make friends as well. I had fun the whole time I was here."
    - Kevin W., Student, Virtual Reality Level Design With Unreal Engine 4
  • "Being a 6 year veteran of iD Tech Camps, my experience this year at iD Gaming Academy proved to be even better. It put me further in touch with career options in gaming."
    - Hal H., Student, Virtual Reality Level Design With Unreal Engine 4
  • "A great time doing something I love. I would come again."
    - Eric L., Student, Virtual Reality Level Design With Unreal Engine 4
  • "Camp was fun; instructors were friendly, nice and very helpful. An overall good experience where I learned a lot of good stuff."
    - Calvin C., Student, Virtual Reality Level Design With Unreal Engine 4