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Level up on the latest game design tools and skills! Learn from the computer game design pros at Mason this summer in state-of-the-art labs, get hands-on experience as you create your own game or animation, meet new people, and have fun!

About the Envision Game & Technology Academy

The Envision Game & Technology Academy is an amazing opportunity for you to pick up the latest next-gen game design technologies and skills. The courses, workshops, and simulations are taught by Mason’s highly experienced game design experts, and were created specifically to challenge your abilities, showcase your creativity, and give a solid foundation in game design and creation.

The Game & Technology Academy includes six courses for you to choose from:

  • 3D Game Design and Entrepreneurship
  • Foundation of Digital Art
  • Art & Animation: Foundations of 3D Studio Max
  • Mobile App Development for Android
  • Virtual Reality Game Development
  • Story-based Game Design for Girls

Whichever course you choose, you’re sure to get real hands-on experience and valuable knowledge, meet new people, and have fun!

At the end of your time at George Mason, you’ll put your creativity on display as you show off your original animation or game in an Indie Showcase to your fellow students and program faculty!

Get Your Game On

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Virtual Reality Development

The latest in graphic design and game technologies are literally at your fingertips! 
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Mobile App Creation

Small screens are here to stay. Learn about the options and challenges for this design niche!
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3D Game Design 

Explore designing for another dimension and add depth to your game play or animation with 3D! 
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Program Highlights

The Future of Gaming
Get your hands on the latest next-gen computer game design tools, software, and technologies. You’ll work in state-of-the-art labs with the Unity and Unreal engines, and dive into the fascinating world of virtual reality programming.
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Game Design Gurus
Level up your gaming skills under the guidance of Mason’s Computer Game Design faculty and experts.
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Game Changers
Join the community and meet other game changers like you who have a passion for technology and design. You’ll work together, bounce ideas off each other, and make friendships that could last a lifetime!
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Indie Showcase
Demo your own original animation, mobile app, or game at the end of the program in an Indie Showcase to your fellow students and program faculty! LEARN MORE
Flexible Scheduling
Learn on your schedule! The Game & Technology Academy offers residential and day options for your convenience. Both take place in George Mason University’s cutting edge, state-of the art labs. 
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ACT Engage
On the path to success? Take the ACT Engage online assessment tool to gain key insights. You’ll also pick up great life skills like problem solving, teamwork, critical thinking, and communication.
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2017 Program Details

ENROLL NOMINATE
Day Program George Mason University - Fairfax, VA June 26-30
Residential Program George Mason University - Fairfax, VA June 25 - 30

Tuition

Tuition

Tuition for the Envision 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 FAQs

  • Is the Envision Game & Technology Academy for me?
    This summer program is for you if you are a middle school student interested in exploring the latest next-gen computer game design technologies and skills.

    To attend Game & Technology Academy, you must be in grades 6–8 during the 2016–2017 school year.
  • What is included in tuition?

    Your tuition for the 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 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. (residential option only)
    • 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.
  • Where will I stay?

    For the summer 2017 Game & Technology Academy program, 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?

    In 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 inthe 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 one-week program duration. In addition to the daily course work, lectures, and studio time, residential students will enjoy fun evening activities.

    Students who choose the day option will return to the George Mason 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 the week.