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Turn your passion for gaming into a game plan for success. At the Game & Technology Academy, powered by George Mason University, you will spend thirteen incredible days* on the campus among like-minded, game-loving high school students. During this amazing program, you will learn directly from serious game gurus, use the latest technology, and create the games you want to play.


*Day sessions span five days  

About the Envision Game & Technology Academy

At the Game & Technology Academy, you will be immersed in the world of computer game design and have the access to the latest software, tools, and equipment, as well as the vast knowledge and experience of the leading game and design gurus at George Mason University. You’ll apply your new skills in hands-on workshops on a range of gaming technology topics, such as:

  • Life as a Game Artist
  • How to Publish Your Mobile Game
  • Unreal or Unity?

See your dream become reality! Throughout the program, you’ll collaborate with other like-minded future gamers and designers, as you create and ultimately showcase what could be the next Triple A title to your peers.

Opt for the residential program and get an inside look at gaming and design industries with a visit to the Virginia Serious Game Institute, where you’ll meet the founders of cutting-edge start-up companies, learn about the latest serious game technology discoveries and research and explore the different career paths available in the field of game design. 

Level up! Beyond the game and graphic design experience, you’ll learn skills that will help you succeed in college, your career, and in life, like time management, information analysis, communications, team building, and problem solving.

By attending Game & Technology Academy, you can also receive one college credit per week through George Mason University for an additional fee.

Choose Your Track

Art & Animation
Master the fundamentals of Concept Art; 2D and 3D design, modeling, and animation; digital painting and building game-ready and optimized 3D and textured objects.

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Mobile & AR Game Development
Get an in-depth look at the mobile and Augmented Reality game design approaches and challenges (think Pokémon GO), and develop a functional game for your personal device!

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Multi-Platform 3D Game Design
Learn the ground rules of game design, play scenarios, and programming. Get an insider’s look at the game industry as you form your own company, and explore publishing and marketing games. Learn More

Program Highlights

Mason Game & Technology Academy Facility
The Future of Gaming
The career opportunities in the game and technology fields are booming. You’ll use the latest in technology, get into the world of Augmented Reality game design, explore the Unreal and Unity game engines, see what’s cool about 2D and 3D game art, and much more!
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Mason Game & Technology Academy Professors
Game Design Gurus
Students will tap into the vast knowledge and experience of the leading experts from Mason’s Computer Game Design Program like Dr. Scott Martin. Dr. Martin is the Founding Director of George Mason’s Computer Game Design program and the Virginia Serious Game Institute (VSGI). LEARN MORE
Mason Game & Technology Academy Video Game Design
Flexible Scheduling
Learn on your schedule! The Game & Technology Academy offers two sessions of residential and day options for your convenience. Take one or both! All sessions take place in George Mason University’s cutting edge, state-of the art labs. LEARN MORE
Mason Game & Technology Academy Games
Game Changers
Meet other game changers like you who have a passion for technology and design. In addition to making friendships that will last a lifetime, you’ll work together to create your own game or animation and demo it for Mason gurus and your new peers at the program’s Indie Showcase! LEARN MORE

Mason Game & Technology Academy

CITY LOCATION DATES ADD-ONS TUITION
Residential Program George Mason University June 24-July 6 | July 8-July 20 | July 22-August 3 GMU College Credit $3,595
Day Program* George Mason University June 25-29 | July 2-6 | July 9-13 | July 16-20 | July 23-27 | July 30-August 3 GMU College Credit $995

Game Design Gurus

Tuition

Tuition

Tuition for the Game & Technology Academy covers most of the expenses incurred during the program. Tuition DOES NOT cover transportation to and from the program. LEARN MORE

Scholarships

ScholarshipsEnvision offers a limited number of scholarships to qualified students each year based upon financial need, scholastic leadership, achievements, and other factors. LEARN MORE


Fundraising

Fundraising Let us show you how other students use fundraising to cover some or all of their tuition costs. Make fundraising part of your  personal success story. LEARN MORE


Payment Plan

Payment Plan You may pay in full today or choose to use one of our payment options.
PAYMENT OPTIONS AVAILABLE

Envision Game & Technology Academy FAQ

  • Is the Envision Game & Technology Academy for me?
    This summer program is for you if you are a high school student interested in exploring the latest game design tools and learning about the various career options available in the field of game design and technology. Game & Technology Academy is your springboard to achieving tremendous success in college and in a future career in games.



    To attend Game & Technology Academy, you must be in grades 9–12 during the 2017–2018 school year.
  • What is included in tuition?
    Your tuition for Game & Technology Academy includes housing (residential option only), on-campus meals, supervisory personnel, program materials, use of equipment, all program activities, site visits, a Certificate of Completion and local transportation during the program.

    Your transportation to and from home and the program location is NOT included in tuition. While attending the program, you will only need money for off-campus meals, souvenirs, snacks, and other incidentals.
  • How will I be supervised?
    Your safety and well-being during the program is our highest priority. The program is structured so that you will reside and work in a safe, controlled environment. You will be closely supervised by professionally trained staff, including advisors who serve as educational facilitators and chaperones, security personnel, operations personnel and a program coordinator.
     

    For more than 30 years, Envision has achieved a stellar record of safely and successfully enriching the lives of students, providing them with superb educational experiences and professional supervision. Other Envision safety measures include:

    • Greeting students at the designated airport upon their arrival and providing shuttle service directly to the program site, as well as providing shuttle service back to the airport on departure day*
    • Maintaining a student-to-staff ratio of 17-to-1
    • Providing same-sex rooms and same-sex floors for residential programs
    • Requiring all students to attend all activities
    • For residential programs, checking rooms nightly and ensuring that students remain in their rooms, and having night monitors in place to support students who may become ill or who have an emergency during the night
    • Equipping all Envision team members with two-way communication devices

    *There is a $70 nonrefundable roundtrip fee for shuttle service or a $35 fee for one-way shuttle service.

  • Where will I stay?

    For the summer 2018 Game & Technology Academy, students who choose the residential option are housed on the campus of George Mason University. Students who choose the day option will commute to and from George Mason University Fairfax, VA campus each day.

  • How many students share a room?

    Each room will house two to three students. You will have your own bed.

  • Can my parents attend the program?
    No. Your parents or guardians are not allowed to accompany you during the program. Gaining independence, including experiencing new things on your own, is an essential part of your growth during the program. However, it is perfectly fine for your family to travel with you to the program location and stay in the area while you are attending the program. 
  • Can I attend if I am a student with special needs?
    Yes. If you are a student with special needs or with disabilities, we encourage you to enroll. We may be able to provide you with auxiliary aids and services to assist you. Please call our Office of Admissions for more information or to discuss your particular needs prior to enrolling in the program.
  • Do I need to make my own travel arrangements?

    Yes. Your tuition does not include transportation to and from your home and the program location. We recommend that you make necessary travel arrangements only AFTER you receive confirmation that you are officially enrolled.

  • Can special dietary needs be met?
    Vegetarian options are always available. Kosher and Halal meals can be made available to you, provided the request is submitted prior to the start of the conference. When you complete the Student Information Form, you will have the opportunity to make special dietary requests.
  • What is the difference between the residential and day options?
    You have two options when enrolling in Game & Technology Academy: a residential option and a day option.



    Students who choose the residential option work and stay on the George Mason University campus for the two-week program duration, instead of just one week. Residential students will visit the Virginia Serious Game Institute and hear special addresses from Dr. Scott Martin and James Casey, participate in National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) workshops, and enjoy fun evening and weekend activities, including trips to Kings Dominion and downtown Washington, DC. 



    Students who choose the day option will return to the George Mason University campus each day for course work, lectures, and studio time. The day option provides flexibility in scheduling and track choice. Day students enroll in weekly sessions, and can choose their course focus for each week.