The National High School Game Academy

   I’ve been browsing the net for colleges lately and I’ve stumbled upon a lofty program held by one of my favorite colleges, Carnegie Mellon. Turns out the hold Pre-College programs all July in the fields of Art, Music, Architecture, Design, Drama, and most importantly, Gaming. I know, seems like that last one shouldn’t be there. Needless to say, the video gaming industry has worked its way up from 8-bit to a more than $8 billion dollar industry, and needs creative, young employees to fill the spots of older retirees.

   So the program’s called “the National High School Game Academy,” and I believe it was just recently opened. It’s a 6-week course stretching all of July and some of August, and covering broad topics like art, design and programming and their implementation into game development. The course also holds lectures every weekday for about an hour and a half on the game development process in general, often having guest-speakers come in and tell their stories. The lectures along with the broad coursework convinced me this is the most serious, albeit the only, gaming camp on the East Coast.

   If any of you are looking for a way to get into – or even just learn more about – the gaming industry, then I highly suggest you check this out. It’s got a price tag of almost $6,000, but it’d be worth it.

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~ by IG on September 29, 2008.

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