Carnegie Mellon National High School Game Academy

  • Pittsburgh, PA



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  • Min. Session Length:
    6 Weeks
  • Min. Costs:
    $8,409 (commuter); $11,313 (residential)
  • Application Deadline:
  • Eligibility:
    Rising 11th, 12th
  • Option Yes Residential
  • Option No Online Option
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About Us

For students with interests in visual arts, music, audio, game design, or software development, Carnegie Mellon’s program provides an excellent foray into the intersection of technology and creativity.

Students follow a highly structured and rigorous curriculum, ultimately creating an original game prototype.

First, students spend two weeks learning foundational skills, which include 2D and 3D art, music composition, and team management. The goal of this primary stage is to prepare students for their teams, where they’ll work together to create an original game. Here, they’ll handle every aspect of the production process, from pitch to final presentation. Team roles are assigned by faculty and could be in production, programming, visual art, or audio design. Given that students work on two different teams, they’ll have the chance to hold two roles and build two games. Final games will be playable and able to be used as college application portfolio pieces.

Consequently, these computer science summer programs for high school students are time-intensive. During the first two weeks, students spend five hours a day in class and two to three hours on homework. During the final month, students often work eight hours per day on their games, including most weekends.

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