MSU Media Summer Camps: Program Descriptions

Camp programs feature content pulled right from the college curriculum, created and advised by leading faculty in the relevant content area, and led by experienced teaching assistants and college mentors.  Programs are a unique blend of college-lecture style instruction and tons of one-on-one instruction during lab. Programs include beginning and more advanced options to engage and graduate students to different levels of difficulty. Campers work in teams, and get personal access to college and professional level equipment, the industry's leading software, and access to a library of digital resources during and after camp to continue practicing and learning. Students collaborate to produce a project to take home at the end of their experience.


High School (Grades 9-12)

Beginner Video Game Design Camp
The Video Game Design Camp teaches students the basics of game design and development. Throughout the week, students are engaged in the game design process, from the initial game ideation, storyboarding, and pitching to the iterative development process of prototyping, playtesting, and balancing. Students learn the process, tasks, and roles involved in game development, including programmer, artist, designer, and producer, while building their very own 3D video game.

Software & Tools: Unity3D, Photoshop, Blender, Audacity

Mobile Game Development Camp
The web and mobile game development camp will introduce students to 2D game development through javascript and codeheart.js. Students will spend the week learning the fundamentals of programming and how to create their very own game. The games will be playable via web or a browser on a smartphone. Each student will focus on a single week-long project, a platformer. Through hands-on development and practice, students will gain experience in coding and creating their very own games while meeting real world game development milestones.

Software & Tools: JavaScript, Codeheart

Advanced Video Game Design Camp
Building on the basic foundations of the beginner camp, students will learn the ins and outs of 3D level design and build levels for their own game. Campers must take the Video Game Design Camp prior to taking the Advanced Video Game Design Camp.

Software: Unity3D, Photoshop, Blender, Audacity
Prerequisites: Students must take our Video Game Design Camp before taking the Advanced Video Game Design Camp. Students can take the Video Game Design Camp either the week before or in a previous summer. Students who have attended the middle school section of Video Game Design Camp must take the first week of the high school Video Game Design Camp before being eligible to enroll in the high school Advanced Video Game Design Camp because the program curriculum, introduction to software, and gaming concepts taught are substantially different.

3D Animation Camp
3D Animation Camp teaches students the basics of creating computer-generated imagery (CGI). Throughout the week, students learn to model three-dimensional objects from pre-derived assets and then animate for film and video game applications. Students learn the foundation of rigging and texturing, and how to add character motion like walking and jumping.

Software: Autodesk Maya

Digital Cinema Camp
Campers get into small "crews" to create a short digital movie from start to finish using professional cameras, equipment, and techniques. Topics include Short Film Storyline and Structure, Shooting the Digital Film, Editing the Digital Film using Adobe film editing software, and Movie Analysis and Critique. Campers write, shoot, edit, and receive a digital copy of their very own short film.

Software: Final Cut Pro, After Effects, Photoshop, Audacity

Middle School (Grades 5-8)

Intro to Video Game Design Camp
Students learn the basics of digital game design and development. Throughout the week, students are engaged in the game design process, from the initial game ideation, storyboarding, and pitching to the iterative development process of prototyping, playtesting, and balancing. Students learn the process, tasks, and roles involved in game development, including programmer, artist, designer, and producer, while building their very own digital game.

Software & Tools:

Game Design Camp with Minecraft™
Students learn to be a game designer using Minecraft and enhance their current Minecraft creation skills. Students will explore how the role of artist, designer, and programer is relevant to game development using Minecraft as the vehicle for learning. Students will learn how to create fun and challenging Minecraft adventure maps while learning the methods and practices of game design and how it all impacts gameplay from the perspective of a real game designer. Students publish and playtest their Minecraft creations with their classmates on our group server.

Software & Tools: Minecraft™
Prerequisites: Students are required to have their own Minecraft account to attend and be familiar with the Minecraft environment to participate. The cost of camp does not include the purchase of a Minecraft license. You may purchase the game here!

NEW! Intro to Programming with Minecraft™
For more experienced Minecraft students, campers learn to be a game design programmer using Minecraft. Students focus on introductory programming concepts including how to create functions and classes. Students spend an entire week on implementing these concepts through modding exercises. Students will leave with the core programming concepts to create custom mods on their own!  

Software & Tools: Minecraft™, ScriptCraft
Prerequisites: Students are required to have their own Minecraft account to attend. The cost of camp does not include the purchase of a Minecraft license. You may purchase the game here! We will require students to complete a short exercise to ensure they are prepared for the content presented in this camp.

Digital Cinema Camp
Campers get into small "crews" to create a short digital movie from start to finish using professional cameras, equipment, and techniques. Topics include Short Film Storyline and Structure, Shooting the Digital Film, Editing the Digital Film using Adobe film editing software, and Movie Analysis and Critique. Campers write, shoot, edit, and receive a digital copy of their very own short film.

Software: Final Cut Pro, After Effects, Photoshop, Audacity

Female Only (Grades 7-12)

Miss Media Michigan Girls Tech Camp
Our female exposure program is an introduction and exploration of computing, game and web design, filmmaking, 3D animation, and television production. Taught by experienced female faculty, dynamic professionals, and some of our brightest, most enthusiastic college students, we'll provide females with the support and experience they'll need to develop awareness and confidence in specialized technology-driven fields.

Software: Adobe Creative Suite, Audacity, Google Sketch-Up, Code Avengers, Fluid UI, After Effects, and more!

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