COVID-19 Update: UCLA Game Lab Summer Institute will be session this summer! However, the program now will be offered online using a variety of digital tools to provide live/real-time virtual class instruction, one-on-one instructor/student guidance, and pre-recorded lesson plans.

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TWO sessions available for summer 2020!
Session A: July 13 - 24
Session B: July 27 - Aug. 7

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TWO sessions available
for summer 2020!

Commuter program: July 13 - 24
Residential program: July 27 - Aug. 7
The UCLA Game Lab Summer Institute introduces high school students to game-making as a form of artistic practice, teaching them the techniques and tools that will help them develop analog and digital games that reflect their own creative voice and vision. No previous game-making skills are required, but students with an interest in games and in the visual arts in particular will find the curriculum especially stimulating and rewarding.

Students in the program develop a solid aesthetic and technical foundation in various aspects of game design--but just as importantly, they begin learning how to express their own, personal ideas through game-making and game projects.


Taught by alumni of the internationally renowned UCLA Game Lab, the two-week program leads students through four, hands-on courses in game development. These workflow-oriented classes focus on:

  • Game Design: Learning the fundamentals of making good games
  • Character Animation: Creating compelling game characters
  • World Building: Architecting one-of-a-kind navigable environments
  • Game Programming: Using code to create meaningful gameplay
By the end of the two weeks, students will have created complete games or game assets in each of the four classes. This work is exhibited on the last day of the program in a gallery-like installation at UCLA, and students leave the program with game art they can include in their college-application portfolios—along with earning four units of UC college credit!


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The UCLA Game Lab Summer Institute is presented by the UCLA Game Lab, a leading, university-based organization advancing game arts and education.