CS0 — Video Game Programming and Production

This 90-hour Online Academy teaches students how today’s digital games and interactive experiences are created. Students will develop a series of simulations and games that will teach them how to use DigiPen's Zero Engine, a proprietary software development kit (SDK) that facilitates game creation for beginning to advanced programmers. Students will create basic games like Rube Goldberg machines, arcade-style space shooters, and platformers as well as their own original game. This class is designed for students who have not participated in Introduction to 2D Video Game Programming (online or on-site) or Video Game Development Level 1 (online or on-site). Students who complete this course will be prepared to learn how to use the more advanced features of the Zero Engine.

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: PC running Windows 7 or 8 (virtual machines such as Parallels and VMWare Fusion are not supported)
  • Pentium 4 CPU or newer, 1.5 GHz or faster
  • 2 GB RAM (4GB for 64Bit version)
  • 10 GB of free hard drive space
  • Video card with at least 256 MB of dedicated video RAM
  • 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)
  • Microsoft Visual C++ or Visual Studio 2010 Express
  • Borland Free Command Line Tools 5.5 from CodeGear
Schedule and Tuition

Schedule for 2016-2017

2016-2017 SCHOOL YEAR

Fall Quarter: Not offered

Spring Quarter: February 8, 2017 – June 14, 2017
Spring Quarter Registration Deadline: Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Live Weekly Meeting Times: Wednesdays, 4:00-5:00 p.m. PST
There will be no class on March 1.


The tuition for this Online Academy is $595 per 90-hour session. A $100 non-refundable deposit must be paid at the time of registration. The remaining $495 must be paid February 1, 2017.

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.