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Does your middle school student have the passion to pursue a future career in coding, app development, digital artistry, or game design? They have the chance to turn games into a game plan at the Envision Game & Technology Academy. There, they will learn from the computer game design pros in George Mason University's state-of-the-art labs, get hands-on experience while building the games they want to play, meet new people, and have fun!

About the Envision Game & Technology Academy

The Envision Game & Technology Academy is an amazing opportunity for your middle school student 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 students abilities, showcase their creativity, and give them a solid foundation in game design and creation.

The Game & Technology Academy includes five courses to choose from:

  • 3D Game Design and Entrepreneurship
  • Art, Modeling & Animation: Game Design and Beyond!
  • Mobile App Development for Android
  • Virtual Reality Design & Development
  • Story-based Game Design for Girls

Whichever course your students chooses, they will get real hands-on experience, gain valuable knowledge, meet new people, and have fun!

At the end of their time at George Mason, students put their creativity on display as they show off their original animation or game in an Indie Showcase to their 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 our students' fingertips! 
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Mobile App Creation

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

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

The Future of Gaming
Students get their hands on the latest next-gen computer game design tools, software, and technologies. They’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
Students take their gaming skills to the next level under the guidance of George Mason University’s Computer Game Design faculty and experts.
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Game Changers
Students meet other game changers who have the same passion for technology and design. They will work together, bounce ideas off each other, and make friendships that could last a lifetime!
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Indie Showcase
At the end of the program, students demo their original animation, mobile app, or game to fellow students and program faculty during an Indie Showcase! LEARN MORE
Flexible Scheduling
Students learn on their schedule! The Game & Technology Academy offers convenient residential and day options. Both take place in George Mason University’s cutting edge, state-of the art labs. 
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2018 Program Details

ENROLL NOMINATE
Course* Residential Dates Day Dates** Tuition
3D Game Design and Entrepreneurship July 22–27 | July 29–August 3 July 9–13 | July 23–27 | July 30–August 3 Res   $1,995
Day   $995
Art, Modeling & Animation July 22–27 July 23–27 Res   $1,995
Day   $995
Mobile App Development: Android July 29–August 3 July 30–August 3 Res   $1,995
Day   $995
Story-Based Game Design for Girls July 22–27 July 23–27 Res   $1,995
Day   $995
Virtual Reality Design & Development July 29–August 3 July 16–20 | July 30–August 3 Res   $1,995
Day   $995
*All courses are held on George Mason University's campus in Fairfax, VA.

**Day programs are for students who live within daily commuting distance of the program location, and who do not wish to reside with other students during the program.

Residential tuition includes room & board, site visits & transportation during program, lectures, simulations, curriculum & materials, and faculty & staff. Day tuition does not include room & board.

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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

  • Who is the Envision Game & Technology Academy for?
    This summer program is for middle school students interested in exploring the latest next-gen computer game design technologies and skills.



    To attend Game & Technology Academy, students must be in grades 6–8 during the 2017–2018 school year.



  • What is included in tuition?

    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.

    Transportation to and from home and the program location is NOT included in tuition. While attending the program, students will only need money for off-campus meals, souvenirs, snacks, and other incidentals.

  • How will students be supervised?

    Student safety and well-being during the program is our highest priority. The program is structured so that students reside and work in a safe, controlled environment. They 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

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

  • Where will students stay?

    For the summer 2018 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. Each student will have their own bed.

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

    Yes. 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 your child is 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?

    Students have two options when enrolling in the 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.