SUMMER AT COLUMBIA HIGH SCHOOL IMMERSION - JULY 8-26, 2019
CREATE PLAYABLE GAMES AND LEARN 21ST CENTURY SKILLS
INTERACTIVE MEDIA IMMERSION FOR CREATIVE HIGH SCHOOLERS
As an industry, consumers spend more money on games than music or film. In addition, in learning game development, students learn 21st century skills such as collaboration, digital tools proficiency, creativity, leadership, and virtuous action. Working hands on and in small teams, students will create playable games, and actively investigate emerging trends in mobile/social gaming, transmedia, Augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), mixed reality (MR) and direct-action gaming.
AS A SUMMER AT COLUMBIA STUDENT, YOU WILL
Participate in a program uniquely designed for high school students by our award-winning faculty and staff
Learn directly from leaders in the creative industries
Meet and collaborate with like-minded peers and graduate mentors from around the world
Participate in various industry-specific enrichment activities while exploring the City of Chicago
Gain hands-on classroom experience, while earning college credit that can be used towards your major should you attend Columbia College Chicago in the future
Have the opportunity to live on campus in the vibrant South Loop neighborhood of Chicago.
HANDS-ON INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE
Students in the Summer at Columbia Game Development immersion will participate in various industry-specific field trips, enrichment activities, and meet-and-greet sessions with industry veterans and current talent from such organizations as Lightstream, Netherrealm, Wargaming, Nintendo, and Sony. Led by our faculty mentors, students will also explore myriad cultural institutions throughout the City of Chicago, and have many opportunities to collaborate with other Summer at Columbia cohorts.
YOUR freshman level GAME DEVELOPMENT COURSE
During your three weeks in the Summer at Columbia program, you’ll achieve the learning outcomes and credits for the Introduction to Game Development course in our Interactive Arts and Media Department. In this course, various techniques and methods of concept and story development are explored, including journaling and workshop/discussion, in an effort to identify development best-practices in the industry.
This is a fully accredited, three-credit hour course, and is a requirement of all Game Design and Game Art students at Columbia College Chicago. Summer at Columbia students who pass this course and matriculate to Columbia are not required to take Introduction to Game Development as undergraduates.
About YOUR Faculty Mentors
Alex Damarjian is an author, professional game developer, and educator.
He is the principal author of Focal Press's Path to the Game Industry series. As a professional game developer, Alex has worked for companies such as Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network and High Voltage Software. He currently owns his own studio, Damarjian Interactive, which recently signed a publishing deal with both Sony and Nintendo. Alex is a passionate life-long learner with a BA in Animation, MAT in Curriculum and Instruction, MS in Digital Media, and an MFA in Interactive Media.
William Guschwun is a game designer, field philosopher of videogame design, and entrepreneur.
Currently he serves as an Assistant Professor of Instruction at Columbia College Chicago. His practice is embodied philosophy and the notion of a philosopher as designer. His notable achievements include being a founding member of Apple's QuickTime, designing Quicktime's first sample movie. He also co-wrote the first Apple sponsored video game article. He was also founding member of Apple's Newton handheld device, Sony’s Playstation console, and 3DO's game console. As an entrepreneur, he co-founded, designed games, and created the intellectual property for an in-game ad unit for the acquired company, Tap.Me.
INTERACTIVE ARTS AND MEDIA Alumni
Columbia College Chicago’s Interactive Arts and Media Department has produced many successful alumni. Many of these college graduates find work in the industry right out of college. Here is a small list of accomplished IAM alumni: