3D Level Design With Team Fortress 2
iD Tech Camps Course | Ages 13-17
3D Level Design With Team Fortress 2
Modding with Team Fortress 2 Summer Camp for Teens
- iD Tech Camps
- 13-17 (Must turn 13 by 12-31-17)
- Skill Level
- Beg - Adv
- Ratio Guarantee
- 8 students per instructor
- Team Fortress 2, Source
Up your level-design skills with Team Fortress 2, the award winning game from Valve. Use game design fundamentals as you develop levels in the Source engine and Hammer editor. Build environments, arrange props, and implement lighting to create the perfect map. Take home your new maps and levels. ESRB Rating: Mature.
In this level design course, students will use Hammer to personalize gameplay, gain level design skills, sculpt environments, manipulate lighting, and create particle effects. Take home your modding project and a Steam account with full access to Team Fortress 2.
What Will Students Take Home?
Students will go home with their project files and compiled maps.
At iD Tech Camps, balance is very important. Our courses with Team Fortress 2 are fun and engaging, and completely unlike school. We want you to develop genuine passion for STEM subjects, and keep coming back year after year. If it's not fun—and if you don't learn a lot—we know you won't return. You can expect roughly 5 hours a day of instruction, with plenty of time for supervised breaks, social time, outdoor play, optional sports, video games, and other creative techtivities. Many clients describe the total camp experience as "magical" and "unlike anything else." We work hard to make the experience unique, memorable, and valuable.
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What Will Students Learn?
Students Will Learn to:
- Manipulate objects in 3D space
- Implement game logic
- Use instances and prefabs
- Use map and level design principles
Top Skills Gained
Software & Hardware Skills Development
- Valve Hammer editor
- Team Fortress 2
STEM & 21st Century Skills Development
- Critical thinking
Skill Level | Is This Course Appropriate for Your Student?
This course has no prerequisites other than a passion for level design! The camp curriculum is customized for beginner to advanced learners ages 13-17 and is delivered in small clusters. Teens complete projects by the end of the week and take home their own mod along with a Steam account and access to Team Fortress 2.
These game design courses are ideal for video game players who want to personalize their gameplay while gaining a deeper understanding of the gaming industry. The popular title Team Fortress 2 provides an ideal introduction to design for students considering game design schools. With many video game companies actively promoting “modding” (modification of) existing video games, now is the perfect time to cultivate valuable level-design skills and explore the growing game development 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
District of Columbia
West Long Branch, NJ
Mt Laurel, NJ
South Orange, NJ
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Hours & Tuition
Check-In: 8-9am Mon-Fri
Pick-Up: 5-6pm Mon-Thurs, Fri 3-4pm (varies by site)
Tuition: From $799/week USD. All taxes included.
Commuter Lunch Plan: Starts at an additional $60/week
Check-In: Sunday 6pm
Pick-Up: Friday 3-4pm (times may vary)
All Inclusive: Add $569/week USD. All taxes included.
Meals: All meals included
Please note: In addition to the prices listed above, there will be a one-time Safety & Compliance Fee of $20 per student per year.
Your Tuition Includes:
- 8:1 student-to-instructor ratio (guaranteed)
- Free flex hours at check-in and pick-up
- Diploma with transcript and instructor insights
- Final project and software discounts
- Custom iD Tech t-shirt, H2O bottle
- Outdoor time, campus tours (most locations)
- Gaming tournaments
- Access to online curriculum (iD Game Plan)
Add $179 (annual subscription)
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Ultimate Gaming Weekends
Add $379 per weekend
Ultimate Gaming Weekends (UGWs) are offered at select iD Tech Camps locations for ages 10+, and are intended to bridge the gap for students attending 2 consecutive weeklong camp sessions. You may also stay the weekend after your session. UGWs can be selected as an add-on during registration. Students who stay the weekend can expect campus excursions, gaming tournaments, and a variety of fun indoor and outdoor summer activities.
Continuing Education Units
Add $99 per week
Gain a competitive advantage for college! Teens ages 13-17 attending iD Tech Camps have the option to purchase accredited Continuing Education Units (CEUs), issued by Villanova University. CEUs are nationally recognized units of measurement for participation in non-credit continuing education programs. CEUs are not transferrable as college credit.
7:15am: Overnight campers, rise and shine! Eat breakfast in the campus dining hall—breakfast is typically all-you-can-eat, and consists of favorites such as pancakes, sausages, orange juice, cereal, waffles, and fruit. (Make sure to notify us of any special dietary needs or allergies before camp.)
8–9am: Day campers check-in between 8–9am with our flex hours (no extra cost).
9am: All campers meet for morning announcements, icebreakers, and team-building activities.
9:30am: Split into course groups and let the tech innovation begin! Breaks are taken at the discretion of each instructor. Younger students will take more frequent breaks.
Noon: Lunch time—head to the dining hall if you’re on the iD Meal Plan. Depending on the policy of each university, students who bring their own lunch will either eat in the dining hall with the rest of the crew, or gather elsewhere with an iD instructor.
1pm: Back to the labs!
2:30pm: A game of Ultimate Frisbee, anyone? Capture the flag? Board games? Optional sports? We offer many summer camp activities that vary by week and location. Beyond STEM skill development, students will socialize, make friends, and have fun.
3:15pm: Return to the labs. Let’s create!
5pm: Wrap-up your projects for the day.
5–6pm: Pick-up time for Day campers. Pick-up flex hours are between 5–6pm, at no extra charge.
6pm: Dinner for overnight campers.
7pm: Overnight campers participate in supervised recreational activities such as optional sports, gaming tournaments, and movie nights. In some cases, students can continue working on their projects, as scheduling permits.
10pm: Lights out for overnight campers.
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 Tech, 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.
How We Teach | Personalized Instruction
Our tech curriculum is based on a blended learning strategy. We couple live one-on-one instruction with iD Game Plan, our innovative learning engine, to provide you with properly paced learning. Most of our courses at iD Tech Camps are for beginner through advanced students.
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, Computer Engineering, App Design, Film, and other related fields. We’re extremely selective when it comes to our camp staff.
Friday Family Showcase
On the last day of camp during Family Showcase, 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 one week of camp.
At iD Tech Camps, balance is very important. Our courses are fun and engaging, and completely unlike school. We want you to develop genuine passion for STEM subjects, and keep coming back year after year. If it's not fun—and if you don't learn a lot—we know you won't return. You can expect roughly 5 hours a day of instruction, with plenty of time for supervised breaks, social time, outdoor play, optional sports, video games, and other creative techtivities. (Jump to Sample Day for additional details.) Many clients describe the total iD Tech experience as "magical" and "unlike anything else." We work hard to make the experience unique, memorable, and valuable.
3D Level Design with Team Fortress 2 Camp Reviews
"2nd summer - so impressive and most of all our son was happy and excited to come to camp everyday!"- Julie D., Parent, 3D Level Design With Team Fortress 2
"3rd year of having a child in iD Tech. This has been and remains a very positive experience. Thanks for putting together such a thorough experience."- Robert H., Parent, 3D Level Design With Team Fortress 2
"Both of my boys were extremely engaged all week. They learned a lot, had a great time, loved the instructors and interacted easily with the other kids here. We will be back for overnight in two weeks!"- Kris K., Parent, 3D Level Design With Team Fortress 2
"I was very impressed with the organization of the camp. Everything was very smooth and professional. I was also impressed with the staff's enthusiasm and love for their work."- Athena T., Parent, 3D Level Design With Team Fortress 2
"The camp counselors always made me feel that my son was safe, learning, and having a great time. Thank you for a great week!"- Aileen S., Parent, 3D Level Design With Team Fortress 2
"The staff is fun, the work is rewarding and feels like your'e one of the gaming design pros."- Andrew V., Student, 3D Level Design With Team Fortress 2
"ID Tech Camp is the best camp for any kind of gamer to go to! The staff are very constructive and simply amazing people to work with. I learned all about animations and level designs that have never learned in my experience with level designing. If you are looking for a job or career field related to game design or character animation or any technology field you want to get training for, ID Tech Camp is the place to go."- Eric T., Student, 3D Level Design With Team Fortress 2
"iD Tech is amazing I have been going here for the past 3-4 years. Each year has been awesome and I learn new things every time I come! Also, I want to thank my instructor: Atlas, who really helped me understand how to use the software "Hammer". I'm going to keep making maps from this experience."- Hunter J., Student, 3D Level Design With Team Fortress 2
"Instructor Atlas is amazing. He knows everything and is eager to help. While I have been here, I have been lucky enough to know and be tutored by Atlas, Ironhide, and Mr. Turtle."- Eric S., Student, 3D Level Design With Team Fortress 2
"This is a great program! The staff is fun and know what they are doing. I love this camp and I plan on coming next year!"- Annika B., Student, 3D Level Design With Team Fortress 2