Art & Design Programs

Game Design

Design your own game at the NSLC on Game Design.
  • Level: High School
  • Grades: Enrolled in 9-12
  • Length: 9 days
Why play a game when you can create it? At the NSLC on Game Design, learn how to turn your love for gaming into a career. Immerse yourself in a world of 3D characters, animation, sound effects, programming and game design while you create a new video or mobile game. During the program you will learn the mechanics of game creation, including scripting, level development, lighting, sound effects and programming while using leading industry software.

Program Highlights

Design your own video or mobile game
Collaborate with a creative team to develop and market your game.

Learn cutting-edge technologies
Explore current and emerging gaming technologies and software.

Meet gaming professionals
Learn from gaming industry professionals, programmers and professors.

Dates & Locations

Hands-On Simulations

Your NSLC on Game Design program will include hands-on workshops and lectures.
Topics include:

Architecture 2

Exclusive Guest Speakers

While at the NSLC’s high school summer game design program, you will meet with and learn from industry leaders, programmers and professors.
Guest speakers may include:

Mr. Matt Boch
Product Designer for Rock Band for the Dance Central series, Harmonix

Mr. Sid Meier
Co-Founder & Director of Creative Development, Firaxis Games

Mr. Patrick Gilmore
Head of Amazon Games, Amazon Games

Mr. David Maldonado
Creative Director, Amazon Games

Mr. Michael Sheehan
Lead Programmer Nickelodeon Games, Nickelodeon Games

Mr. Ariel Goldberg
Head of Recruitmen, Nickelodeon

Mr. Alex Ortiz
Head of Logistics, Nickelodeon Games

Ms. Emma Larkins
Board Game Designer

Mr. Matthew Moore
Product Designer, Microsoft

Behind-the-Scenes Tours

University of Washington

  • Amazon Game Studios
  • Big Fish Games
  • Escape Room
  • Museum of Pop Culture
  • Pike Place Market
  • Space Needle

Leadership Training

At the heart of the NSLC is a leadership curriculum designed to build concrete leadership skills that will help you succeed. Interactive lectures and small-group workshops will give you an opportunity to build upon your strengths and minimize your weaknesses.
Leadership topics tailored to the Game Design program include:


Program tuition includes housing, all on-campus meals, course materials, academic expenses, and activities. Tuition also includes chartered, air-conditioned motor coaches for off-campus briefings and tours. 

Note: Students are responsible for the cost of travel to and from the program as well as individual spending money for souvenirs, laundry, and a few off-campus meals during fields trips and tours.

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