eSports & Level Design With CS:GO
iD Game Design & Development Academy Course
eSports & Level Design With CS:GO
Game Design Course for Teens
- iD Game Design & Development
- 13-18 (Must turn 13 by 12-31-17)
- Skill Level
- Beg - Adv
- Ratio Guarantee
- 8 students per instructor
- Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Source Engine
Discover what it takes to become a pro Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player. Build universal leadership and communication skills as you become familiar with level design elements required to create balanced competitive maps. Using the industry-grade Source engine, you can take control and create your own custom levels. Develop professional-looking maps by applying game design principles and making game design docs. Take home your new maps to challenge your friends, your new game design portfolio to build your resume, and a copy of Counter-Strike to keep learning and playing at home. ESRB Rating: Mature.
What Will Students Take Home?
Students will take home raw files compatible with Hammer for use with Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
What Will Students Learn?
Students Will Learn to:
- Create an FPS style map for CS:GO using the Source Engine
- Add architecture, props, and textures
- Troubleshoot typical issues with the Source Engine
- Create balanced game play
- Utilize game design principles to create an engaging experience for the player
Top Skills Gained
Software & Hardware Skills Development
- Counter Strike: Global Offensive
- Source: Hammer
STEM & 21st Century Skills Development
- Critical thinking
- Project planning
- Giving and receiving constructive criticism
Week One: Get familiar with working in a 3D environment and Valve's game engine, Source. Learn how to create maps, add meshes, and texture environments, and share your custom maps with friends.
Week Two: Finesse your level to create a map that is balanced for all players and is visually pleasing. You'll also learn how to present your levels for a portfolio review and discuss the design decisions that went into creating your custom map.
Skill Level | Is This Course Appropriate for Your Student?
This game design course is for ages 13-18 (Min Age: Must turn 13 by 12-31-16). The curriculum is designed for students who are excited about eSports, and may be considering a career in game design. This class will specifically focus on good level design practices as applied to competitive FPS game play and Counter Strike: Global Offensive.
This course is ideal for students who enjoy a competitive environment and are interested in using their love of eSports to pursue a career in the video game industry. Gamers who like to predict an opponent's next move will do well in this class. The course features an in-depth discussion of game design principles as it applies to competitive FPS. Using Valve's own game engine, students gain insights into the techniques used by professional level designers and world builders in the video game industry. Feel free to call us at 1-888-709-8324 so that we can make personal recommendations, should you need assistance.
Where Is This Course Offered?
California - Northern
California - Southern
Can't find what you're looking for?Jump to all iD Programs & Locations
Hours & Tuition
Check-In: 6pm Sunday
Pick-Up: 3-4pm Fri (varies by site)
Tuition: From $3,799 (per 2-week session)
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)
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.