The Future of Gaming
Pick up the latest skills and next-gen technologies required for success in game design and development. In your choice of three content tracks—Art & Animation, Mobile Game & Augmented Reality Game Development, and Multi-Platform 3D Game Design—you’ll learn to develop, program, design, and publish an original animation or game. Through workshops like Careers in the Serious Game Industry, New Game Art Tools and Techniques, Mobile Devices of the Future, and Unreal or Unity?, you’ll get a solid foundation in game design, animation, 3D technologies, sound design, story-based games, mobile app development, and more. You’ll also get real experience in the latest software and tools such as 3D Studio Max, Unity 3D, Swift, and Android Studio and Emulator, among others.
Game Design Gurus
The interactive curriculum, workshops, and simulations at the Game & Technology Academy are taught by Mason college faculty who are uniquely qualified to guide you on your journey toward a career in game design. You’ll get valuable insight from these amazing game professionals and college professors:
Dr. Scott Martin, Founder, Mason Computer Game Design Program; Founding Director, Virginia Serious Game Institute
James Casey, Associate Director, VSGI, Assistant Professor of Game Design
Gregory Grimsby, Assistant Professor of Computer Game Design
Eric Piccione, Assistant Professor of Game Design
Sang Nam, Director, Mason Computer Game Design Program.
These game pros will share their history and expertise in both the development and business sides of this dynamic industry.
Make your dream a reality this summer! The Game & Technology Academy offers you two convenient options: residential and commuter (day). You can come every day as a commuter student, or stay on campus for the duration as a residential student. Here are the options:
Commuter (Day) Option –
This option gives you the flexibility to attend the program and gain all of the knowledge, skills, and experience you’re looking for while still having time for, vacation, or other activities.
Residential Option –
- Attend for 5 days/per session, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
- Enroll in as many sessions as you like
If you enroll in this option, you’ll have a more immersive experience and get a taste of college life in the process.
- Stay on the George Mason Campus for the full 13-day session
- Attend two weeks of your chosen track
- Enroll in one, two, or all three sessions
- Take part in special evening workshops and presentations, as well as fun weekend activities around the area
The Game & Technology Academy welcomes hundreds of game technology and design oriented students every year. Our students work together to help each other master tools and techniques, tweak ideas, and offer suggestions and critiques to create the best work possible. You’ll meet people who have a wide variety of skills, some of which are different from your own—and that makes this program a great chance to learn from each other as well as the professors and experts from Mason!
Your fellow Game & Technology students may be your colleagues in the future, and some will certainly become friends that you’ll keep in touch with long after the program is over.
Virginia Serious Game Institute Visit (Residential Program Only)
There is an entire industry built around the design, production, and distribution of games for various platforms, both in the serious and entertainment sector. On a visit to Mason’s Virginia Serious Game Institute (VSGI), professionals from the games industry will share their knowledge with you about the ins and outs of this unique business—from managing teams to creating distribution channels and cycles to overseeing marketing campaigns.
VSGI provides mentorship and intensive business training to serious game startups. (Serious games are those designed for use in training, rather than for entertainment—for example, medical simulations, scientific exploration, etc.) The main focus of VSGI is to “use game technologies to improve the human condition.” VSGI concentrates on game-related applied research and new game company cultivation. The Institute also trains teachers to bring programming and technology into the classroom and hosts science, technology, engineering and math programs for younger students. This is an unprecedented opportunity to see today’s cutting-edge businesses in action.