3D Game Design Camp

Game Development with Unreal Engine 4 Camp

3D Game Design with Unreal

3D Game Design Camp for Teens

Course Description

Start designing a professional level video game at Vision Tech using the powerful Unreal Engine 4 (UE4) , developed by Epic Games. Start by creating the concept of your video game, and progress to modeling and texturing of the terrain while learning industry-standard techniques to producing professional quality levels to dazzle your friends. 

Start the first day learning to use Autodesk Maya to build your own 3D models using the most advanced software available. You will then learn to import these models into Unreal Engine to utilize them in your own game. You will also learn to use the powerful UE4 Blueprint Visual Scripting System to customize your game logic and character behavior while learning about programming. You will get the opportunity to choose from different genres of video games, including First Person Shooters (FPS’s), Racing Games, Platform Games, and Flight Simulators. You will use Unreal’s award winning level development tools to create and design your game levels, and populate them with lighting, particle effects, and game objects.

At the end of the week, you will take home your completed games, project files, and art assets home on a flash drive.

Camp Information
Information

Genre:
Game Design

Ages:
12-17

Skill Level:
Beg-Adv

Locations:
Berkeley, Danville, Saratoga, Moraga

Software & Hardware:

Hours:
9 AM - 5 PM

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Use the Most Powerful Engine Available

Use the most incredible engine on the market to build 3D games like the professionals do! Using Unreal Engine 4 and Autodesk Maya, there’s no limit to the games you can make — and you’ll be learning professional game development tools!

Buid Inspiring Levels

Whether its creating fantastic landscapes, slick buildings, animated characters, or futuristic textures, you’ll be astounded by the power that is offered by the combination of Autodesk Maya and Unreal Engine 4!

Program Unique Gameplay

Learn how to build not just one type of game, but multiple different forms of gameplay! Whether its a first person camera, or a third person camera, a shooter or a flight simuluator, this is the camp for you!

Game Development Skills Learned

Campers learn to:

  • Understand game development from a 3D perspective
  • Learn about 3-dimensional Cartesian coordinate systems
  • Building a 3D level from concept to creation
  • Using Autodesk Maya to create characters and animations
  • Utilizing an advanced physics engine
  • Optimization of game resources to maximize render speeds
  • Learn about promoting a sense of exploration in a 3D environment
  • Understanding how different types of gameplay adapt to 3D gaming
  • Learn about programming using Unreal Engine 4’s programming engine
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Prior Game Development Understanding

This camp requires no previous experience in game development.

Equipment and Software Used

In this camp, each camper will have access to a custom-built, high-end computer and a large monitor. Students will be using a variety of tools to help them learn game development, including the Unreal Engine and Autodesk Maya. As these are professional game development tools, if students wish to continue using these programs for game development purposes at home, they will require a fairly powerful gaming computer, though an average computer can play the games created at camp.

Camp Dates & Registration

Camp Hours: 9 AM – 5 PM (Full Day) | 9 AM – 12 PM (AM) | 1 PM – 4 PM (PM)

Other Location Information will be available on Jan 15, 2017

Sample Day

Each day at Vision Tech Camps is carefully planned to ensure a personalized learning experience and to ensure that each student meets their individual goals. Our flexible schedule provides time for group instruction, one on one attention, project completion, and teamwork exercises.

7:30 am: Extended Care Check In 

Early check-in for campers who have chosen the AM Extended Care Option – students can choose from a variety of pre-camp activities.

8:30 am – 9:00 am: Rolling Drop off

Check-in and pre-camp activities, including introductions & hardware & computer distribution

9:00 am – 9:15 am: Welcome and review of daily schedule

Students connect with instructors, ask questions, and instructors go over the course outline

9:15 am – 10:30 am: Core Tech Modules

This hour is reserved for work on course skills and may include small group learning, individual learning, or class-wide instruction depending on the particular tech modules being taught

10:30 am – 11:00 am: Break

Students can spend their free time having snacks, drinks, continue working independently, play, reading, or relax on the sofa

11:00 am – 12:00 pm: Core Tech Modules

This hour is reserved for work on course skills and may include small group learning, individual learning, or class-wide instruction depending on the particular tech modules being taught

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Lunch Break

Kids & teens who have ordered our Meal Plan will be provided their hot lunch. Other students may bring their own bag lunch and eat outside under the supervision of camp staff. Students may utilize nearby parks to play and experience the outdoors.

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm: Core Tech Modules

This period is reserved for work on course skills and may include small group learning, individual learning, or class-wide instruction depending on the particular tech modules being taught

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm: Break

Students can spend their free time having snacks, drinks, continue working independently, play, reading, or relax on the sofa

3:30 pm – 5:00 am: Core Tech Modules & Wrap Up

This period is reserved for work on course skills and may include small group learning, individual learning, or class-wide instruction depending on the particular tech modules being taught. Kids & teens wrap up the day’s projects.

5:00 pm – 5:15pm : Pick up Time

Parents pick up kids & teens who are not enrolled in extended care. 

5:15pm – 6:15pm: Extended Care Pick Up Time

Students in extended care are picked up

Vision Tech Camps Instruction

Real Instruction. Quality STEM Summer Tech Projects

We believe that learning technology should be part of kids & teens summer camp experiences. Summer tech camps offer kids a relaxed and fun way to explore their tech interests and gain an edge for college or university. At Vision Tech Camps, we pride ourselves on building STEM curriculum with concrete learning goals, where teachers initially lead students through lessons with a projector, followed by students doing their own projects on their computers. This way, kids & teens learn the basics and go on to explore their interests, resulting in tech projects that students are proud to call their own at the end of the course.

Beginner through Advanced Students

Our STEM summer camps are designed to accommodate a wide skill range, challenging the most advanced students, while encouraging beginners to take that first step into the field. We achieve that through hiring instructors who are tech savvy, and a technology curriculum that is adjustable for all skill levels. In addition, our low student-to-instructor ratio, which is kept at 8:1 instructor to student ratio – *not* a staff ratio, allows plenty of personalized one-on-one attention during the summer course.

Comfortable & Private Facilities

Since we own our two tech camp facilities at Danville & Saratoga, students feel comfortable and at ease at our facilities. As these are our permanent summer camp locations, we are able to minimize technical difficulties ahead of time and provide the most advanced tech hardware, custom-built computers, and professional grade software to our campers for a more enjoyable summer tech camp.

The Best Computer Camp Instructors

Vision Tech only hires the most passionate and caring instructors who are also experienced in the individual course material they are hired to teach. We train each instructor personally and instill them with Vision Tech teaching practices and values, ensuring that all students have fun in our summer camps, learn skills, and most importantly are inspired to continue their journey long after they have left our summer tech camps.

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