This summer, more than 100 camps across 26 states will offer 690 programs in video game design, development, programming, and related topics, according to new research released today by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), the trade association representing U.S. computer and video game publishers. The number of video game design programs offered at U.S. summer camps has more than doubled since 2012.
‘The increase in video game design summer programs reflects parents’ growing recognition of video games’ potential to excite kids about educational concepts,’ said Rich Taylor, senior vice president for communications and industry affairs at ESA. ‘These programs not only offer students a fun opportunity to learn a range of techniques that prepare them for a promising career in the computer and video game industry, but also enhance comprehension of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) topics.’
Students at video game design camps typically enroll in one- or two-week courses that teach a variety of subject areas, including art and animation, writing, music production, graphics programming, project management, and marketing ‘ critical skills to succeed in the 21st century creative economy. Programs this summer feature courses on emerging trends in interactive entertainment, including app development for smartphones, tablet devices, Facebook, Google, and other Internet-based platforms. Participants complete projects at camp and have the opportunity to bring them home on CDs and flash drives.
Parents and students interested in video game design summer camp can choose from programs offered at colleges, middle schools, and high schools in 26 states and the District of Columbia. California (26), Pennsylvania (13), Massachusetts (10), New York (9), Texas (6), and Illinois (6) are the nation’s leaders for camp programs.I wish they had this when I was in school. I would have sold everything I owned to attend one of these camps.