Game Design Academy

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Game Design Academy
July 12 - 18, 2020

UPDATE: Based on ongoing state and federal recommendations to reduce the spread of coronavirus, Rider University announced that all Summer courses would move to remote or alternative instruction. Due to the on-campus resources, equipment, and/or minimum software requirements for this program, we are unable to offer this course remotely. We very much hope to see you next year.


For questions regarding our 2020 Summer programs, please visit Frequently Asked Questions or email us at [email protected]

Program Description 

Rider University’s Game Design Academy introduces high school students to the skills and tools used to develop digital games in a professional creative environment. Students will work with industry-standard software and learn the basics of digital design and game logic programming. 

During the one-week session, students will work through the complete process of developing a playable game that can be shared with family and friends. Concepts in system design, digital art and interaction design will be learned through hands-on creation. 

Program Highlights

  • Work hands-on in Rider University’s newly created Game Production Lab
  • Explore production with the latest industry-standard software and hardware. 
  • Develop a better understanding of game analysis
  • Gain experience with graphic design tools and basic interactive programming
  • Learn about the relationships between interactive design systems in game production
  • Explore Rider University’s  B.A. in Game and Interactive Media Design and discuss career opportunities in the field
  • Preview college living and prepare for undergraduate life. Stay in a college dorm and participate in campus activities. (Commuter option available.)

Faculty and Instruction

Wil Lindsay Program Director for Game and Interactive Media at Rider University

Read more about Professor Lindsay’s work at Rider University.


(includes room and board)


Rider University's pre-college enrichment programs are structured to introduce students to a full college campus experience. From rigorous coursework, access to state-of-the-art equipment and facilities to on-campus housing and activities, students will explore college life at Rider University. Enrichment programs are non-credit bearing, however regular attendance and completed assignments are expected. Students are evaluated by the same academic standards and procedures as Rider University undergraduates. 



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