Game Design & Digital Arts

Xcelerate summer enrichment camps for ages 4 to 14.

Classroom of kids using computers

Classic Game Design

Game Master I
Don’t just play video games – make them! Use software to design a fully-functional action/adventure game complete with custom characters, levels, backgrounds and more. Each day, working with game designer John Meyer, you'll also learn a new feature to add to your program. At the end of the camp, you’ll know both the technical and artistic concepts of games, and have your finished creation on a USB to take home.
Ages 7 to 10
Dates Time Location Ticket Number (CRN) Cost
June 6 – June 10 9 a.m. - noon Sugar Grove Campus INT701.001 (30795) $119
June 13 – June 17 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Sugar Grove Campus INT701.002 (30796) $119
June 20 – June 24 9 a.m. - noon Sugar Grove Campus INT701.003 (30797) $119
July 11 – July 15 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Plano Campus INT701.004 (30798) $119
Ages 11 to 14
Dates Time Location Ticket Number (CRN) Cost
June 6 – June 10 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.  Sugar Grove Campus INT701.005 (30799) $119
June 13 – June 17 9 a.m. - noon Sugar Grove Campus INT701.006 (30800) $119
June 20 – June 24 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Sugar Grove Campus INT701.007 (30801) $119
July 11 – July 15 9 a.m. - noon Plano Campus INT701.008 (30802) $119
Game Master II
Take your skills even further with game creator John Meyer. Explore the next level of game design by crafting features previously unknown. Delve deeper into development as you pick up new techniques and functions to add to characters and games. You’ll receive a copy of your finished game on USB to take home. Prerequisite: Game Master I or equivalent gaming experience required.
Ages 7 to 10
Dates Time Location Ticket Number (CRN) Cost
June 27 – July 1 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Sugar Grove Campus INT706.001 (30803) $119
July 18 – July 22 9 a.m. - noon Plano Campus INT706.002 (30804) $119
July 25 – July 29 9 a.m. - noon Sugar Grove Campus INT706.003 (30805) $119
Ages 11 to 14
Dates Time Location Ticket Number (CRN) Cost
June 27 – July 1 9 a.m. - noon Sugar Grove Campus INT706.004 (30806) $119
July 18 – July 22 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Plano Campus INT706.005 (30807) $119
July 25 – July 29 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Sugar Grove Campus INT706.006 (30808) $119
LEGO® Video GamesNEW
Combine your two favorite activities: LEGO® and video games! Create your own LEGO® characters and adventures in an interactive 2D video game. At the end of the program, you’ll have a finished video game that can be shared with friends and family through a password protected Black Rocket website. Note: Games are only compatible on PC computers; Mac versions can be created after the program for a $15.00 conversion fee. You’ll work in pairs or teams for most of the program.
Ages 8 to 10
Dates Time Location Ticket Number (CRN) Cost
July 18 – July 22 9 a.m. - noon Sugar Grove Campus INT713.001 (30861) $139
Ages 11 to 14
Dates Time Location Ticket Number (CRN) Cost
July 18 – July 22 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Sugar Grove Campus INT713.002 (30862) $139

3D Video Game Design

Minecraft ModdersFULL
Use your favorite game to learn the basics of modding and programming. Learn scripting and logic statements as you create your first mod! Introductory coding will also be taught through a simulated environment inspired by Minecraft. Your projects will be available on a Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Note: Projects are accessible from home through a PC/MAC version of Minecraft. Tablet, phone, and game console version of Minecraft are not compatible. You’ll work in pairs or teams for most of the program.
Ages 8 to 10
Dates Time Location Ticket Number (CRN) Cost
June 13 – June 17  FULL 9 a.m. - noon Sugar Grove Campus INT717.001 (30765) $139
Ages 11 to 14
Dates Time Location Ticket Number (CRN) Cost
June 13 – June 17   FULL 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Sugar Grove Campus INT717.002 (30766) $139
Minecraft DesignersNEW
If you love the game Minecraft, but always wanted to design your own characters and buildings, this camp is for you! Learn the basics of creating 3D models using a new software to design your very own objects, create skins for characters and import them into your favorite Minecraft games. Note: Your projects are accessible from home through a PC/MAC version of Minecraft. Tablet, phone, and game console version of Minecraft are not compatible. Parent email address is required to use 3D modeling software. You’ll work in pairs or teams for most of the camp.
Ages 8 to 10
Dates Time Location Ticket Number (CRN) Cost
July 11 – July 15   FULL 9 a.m. - noon Sugar Grove Campus INT716.001 (30767) $139
Ages 11 to 14
Dates Time Location Ticket Number (CRN) Cost
July 11 – July 15 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Sugar Grove Campus INT716.002 (30769) $139
Maker Labs: Make Your First 3D Creation!NEW
Calling all boys and girls who want to be the designers of the future! In this camp if you can dream it, you can make it. Create your first action figure, design custom jewelry or make a new toy! Using professional level modeling software, you’ll sculpt, texture and render your own 3D creation. No prior experience is necessary and 3D designs will be available on a password protected website to share with friends and family. Note: 3D printing is not included, but can be purchased separately through a 3rd party company. You’ll work in pairs or teams for most of the program.
Ages 8 to 10
Dates Time Location Ticket Number (CRN) Cost
July 11 – July 15 9 a.m. - noon Sugar Grove Campus INT714.001 (30823) $139
Ages 11 to 14
Dates Time Location Ticket Number (CRN) Cost
July 11 – July 15 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Sugar Grove Campus INT714.002 (30824) $139
Minecraft AnimatorsNEW
Bring your favorite Minecraft characters to life in an animated short film! Learn how studios like Pixar and Disney make movies like “Inside Out” and “Frozen” by using techniques like key framing, tweening, texturing, and animating rigged 3D models! Projects will be available on a Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Note: You do not need to own a Minecraft account to use the software in this class. You’ll work in pairs or teams for most of the program.
Ages 8 to 10
Dates Time Location Ticket Number (CRN) Cost
July 18 – July 22 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Sugar Grove Campus INT715.001 (30825) $139
Ages 11 to 14
Dates Time Location Ticket Number (CRN) Cost
July 18 – July 22 9 a.m. - noon Sugar Grove Campus INT715.002 (30826) $139

Digital Arts

LEGO® YOUniverse: Make Your Own Adventure!NEW
In this LEGO® adventure YOU are the star! Pick your favorite LEGO® genre or create an alternate universe to create a digital illustrated story. Whether you want to fight alongside Batman, be part of a Ninjago clan, hang with Ninja Turtles, or go into space with the Bionicles, the only requirement is that you put yourself in the story! You’ll end the class with a digital comic book that can be shared with friends and family on a password protected website! Note: You’ll work in teams for most of the program.
Ages 8 to 10
Dates Time Location Ticket Number (CRN) Cost
June 20 – June 24 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Sugar Grove Campus ART766.001 (30864) $139
Ages 11 to 14
Dates Time Location Ticket Number (CRN) Cost
June 20 – June 24 9 a.m. - noon Sugar Grove Campus ART766.002 (30865) $139
Digital Artists
Unleash your creativity as you learn the basics of Adobe Photoshop. You’ll use this versatile and powerful program to create awesome digital art including band collages, vintage style photos, self-pop art and even comic strips. Note: All skill levels are welcome, but campers should have some experience with computers and software prior to enrolling.
Ages 11 to 14
Dates Time Location Ticket Number (CRN) Cost
July 18 – July 22 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Sugar Grove Campus ART764.001 (30815) $119
LEGO® Films and Stop Action!NEW
Make your LEGOs® come to life! Bring in your favorite action figures or LEGO® pieces and create a short film with your friends. Whether you want to recreate a scene from “Star Wars” or design a world of your own, this camp brings your dreams to the screen. You’ll need to bring LEGOs® or action figures from home, but all other equipment is provided. Note: Your created films will be available on a password protected website to share with friends and family. You’ll work in pairs or teams for most of the program.
Ages 8 to 10
Dates Time Location Ticket Number (CRN) Cost
July 25 – July 29 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Sugar Grove Campus ART769.001 (30867) $139
Ages 11 to 14
Dates Time Location Ticket Number (CRN) Cost
July 25 – July 29 9 a.m. - noon Sugar Grove Campus ART769.002 (30868) $139
Animation Creation
Try your hand at all types of animation including digital, traditional and stop motion. Learn key animation techniques and terminologies as you animate characters frame by frame, develop dynamic panoramic backgrounds, create storyboards and even make your own personalized movie! For inspiration you'll also view examples of award-winning animation from around the world.
Ages 11 to 14
Dates Time Location Ticket Number (CRN) Cost
Aug. 1 – Aug. 5 9 a.m. - noon Sugar Grove Campus ART768.001 (30809) $119
Relaxation Station
The Relaxation Station is the place to be if you’ve signed up for both a morning and an afternoon session. Hang out, eat lunch or just relax in between camps in a supervised classroom setting. You’ll be escorted to and from your scheduled camps. Bring a sack lunch!
Ages 7 to 14
Dates Time Location Ticket Number (CRN) Cost
June 6 – June 10 Noon - 1 p.m. Sugar Grove Campus REC715.001 (30827) $11
June 13 – June 17 Noon - 1 p.m. Sugar Grove Campus REC715.002 (30829) $11
June 20 – June 24 Noon - 1 p.m. Sugar Grove Campus REC715.003 (30830) $11
June 27 – July 1 Noon - 1 p.m. Sugar Grove Campus REC715.004 (30831) $11
July 11 – July 15 Noon - 1 p.m. Sugar Grove Campus REC715.005 (30832) $11
July 18 – July 22 Noon - 1 p.m. Sugar Grove Campus REC715.007 (30835) $11
July 25 – July 29 Noon - 1 p.m. Sugar Grove Campus REC715.009 (30837) $11

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