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Level up your game design skills this summer! The Envision Game & Technology Academy is an amazing opportunity for you to learn the latest next-gen design technologies directly from Mason’s Computer Game Design Program professors and gurus. In state-of-the-art labs, you’ll get hands-on as you create your own game and delve into curriculum specifically designed to challenge your abilities, inspire your creativity, and provide a solid foundation in design and programming—no matter what your skill level is.

Game Design Gurus

Program Highlights

Mason Game & Technology Academy Games
Innovative Courses
From game design and programming to art and animation, Game & Technology Academy offers you your choice of the latest courses in tech – designed for students of all skill levels!
Mason Game & Technology Academy Professors
Experienced Faculty
Tap into the vast knowledge and experience of the leading Game Design professors and gurus at Mason and gain a deeper understanding of the skills and tools required in these dynamic fields.
Mason Game & Technology Academy Video Game Design
Next-Gen Technologies
Learn the latest skills and next-gen game design technologies required for success in game design and development such as 3D Studio Max, Android Studio, HTC Vive & more!
Mason Game & Technology Academy Facility
Flexible Scheduling
Come for the day or spend the night – it’s up to you! Game & technology offers both residential and commuter options so you can learn at your convenience.

FAQs

  • Is the Envision Game & Technology Academy for me?
    This summer program is for you if you are a middle or high school student interested in exploring the latest game design tools, meeting and working with other students passionate about game design, and creating your very own game or animation.
  • What is included in tuition?
    Your tuition for Game & Technology Academy includes housing (residential option only), on-campus meals, supervisory personnel, program materials, 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 Envision team members, 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 staff members with two-way communication devices.
  • Where will I stay?
    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 each day.
  • How many students share a room?

    For the residential option, 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 will work and stay on the George Mason University campus for the program duration, and will enjoy extra evening and weekend activities (where applicable).

    Students who choose the day option will return to the George Mason campus each day for course work, lectures, and studio time.