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.


  • Windows PC
  • Headset with microphone
  • Broadband internet connection
  • Three-button mouse
  • Display with minimum resolution of 1024 x 768
  • 64-bit Intel® or AMD® multi-core processor
  • 8 GB of RAM
  • 4 GB of free disk space for install


  • One of the following browsers:
    • Google Chrome™
    • Microsoft® Internet Explorer®
    • Mozilla® Firefox®
    • Apple® Safari®
  • Adobe Reader (latest version)
  • Zoom Launcher Plugin
  • Microsoft® Windows® 7 (SP1) and Windows® 10 Professional operating system

Note: It is possible to use a Mac® for this course. However, you must use Apple® Bootcamp® to install Windows®. Zero Engine will not work in a virtual machine such as Parallels or Wine.

Schedule and Tuition

Schedule for 2018-2019

Fall Session: September 5, 2018 – January 23rd, 2019
Fall Session Registration Deadline: Wednesday, August 27th, 2018
Live Weekly Meeting Times: Wednesdays, 4:00-5:00 p.m. PST

There will be no class November 21st, December 26th, or January 2nd.


Summer 2019 schedule coming soon!


  • Total cost: $595

Tuition includes $100 non-refundable deposit and registration fee.  The remaining $495 must be paid by the registration deadline.

Click here for a list of discounts and information about tax breaks, scholarships, and cancellation/refund policies.

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