Video Game Development Level 1 (Online)

This Online Workshop teaches students in grades 8 through 12 how today’s digital games and interactive experiences are created. Students will make a series of games while learning basic programming concepts, immersing themselves in the game production process, and exploring pathways into video game careers!

Students will learn:
  • The video game production process, including writing design documents, game testing, and problem solving
  • Game design principles, including game balance and effective interface design
  • Coding basics such as variables, conditionals, iteration, and functions
  • Art production processes and tools

Courses in this Series

This course is part of the Video Game Development series.

Level One

Video Game Development Level 1

(Online or On-Site)
Level Two

Video Game Development Level 2

Level Two

Design for Role-Playing and Strategy Games



Prerequisites and Requirements


This course is open to students in Grades 8 through 12.

Students must also possess the following basic computer skills.

A student must be able to:
  • Zip and unzip files
  • Upload files to class distance learning site
  • Navigate class distance learning site
  • Download software
  • Install software
  • Have administrative access to PC
  • Use Windows operating system running on a PC
  • Read and understand instructions
  • Read a computer screen
  • Have keyboarding skills to type messages in chat
  • Navigate websites
  • Demonstrate interest in subject matter
  • Think logically and sequentially
  • Sit at a computer workstation and use the screen for up to two and a half hours at a time

Technology Requirements

In addition to the prerequisites listed above, students must have access to a computer that meets the technology requirements listed below.

  • Operating System: Windows 7 or newer 
  • Pentium 4 CPU or newer, 1.5 GHz or faster
  • Minimum display resolution 1024×768
  • Sound card and headphones or speakers
  • Broadband Internet connection (512 Kbits or higher)—no dialup
  • Browser: Internet Explorer 8 or Firefox 3 or newer
  • Plugins: Adobe Reader 9, Adobe Flash Player 10
  • Microsoft Word 2003 (or newer) or OpenOffice 3.2.0
  • Latest Java Development Kit (JDK) from Oracle (available at no cost)
  • Latest Java Runtime (JRE) from Oracle (available at no cost)
  • Latest BlueJ Java IDE (available at no cost)
Schedule and Tuition

Schedule for 2016-2017

This course is offered during the following dates and times.

Summer 2016

Session 1 - FULL June 20, 2016 – July 1, 2016 Mon-Fri, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PST
Session 2* July 5, 2016 – July 15, 2016 Mon-Fri, 9:00 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. PST
Session 3 July 18, 2016 – July 29, 2016 Mon-Fri, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PST

 *Session 2 days and hours vary due to the July 4th holiday.

2016-2017 SCHOOL YEAR 

Fall 2016: September 17, 2016 - December 3, 2016 
Live Synchronous Meeting Times: Saturdays from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. PST
Registration Deadline: September 12, 2016
There will be no class on November 12 and November 23.

Spring 2017: January 28, 2017 - April 22, 2017 
Live Synchronous Meeting Times: Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PST
Registration Deadline: January 23, 2017
There will be no class on February 18, March 4, and April 8.


The tuition for this Online Workshop is $395 per 30-hour session. A $100 non-refundable deposit must be paid at the time of registration. The remaining $295 must be paid by the registration deadline.

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DigiPen's ProjectFUN offers workshops, camps and college prep courses for kids and teens. Technology courses are held in Redmond, WA (near Seattle and Bellevue), and online.