The IU Media School Game Development Camp ensures that each child has a safe and productive week learning how to make games. Below are frequently asked questions. If your question is not on this page, contact Andrew Behringer, Administrative Director for the camp, by email or phone at 812-856-8083.
Who sponsors this camp?
In its 10th year, the camp is organized through The Media School at Indiana University Bloomington. The camp is led by Andrew Behringer as Administrative Director, and Rush Swope as Academic Director.
Will my child be safe?
The Game Development Camp ensures the safety of your child while he or she is attending the camp, either as a commuting or overnight student. Indiana University also has guidelines, which this program follows.
Which camp should my child attend?
As far as the in-person sessions, the 3D camp material is generally more challenging than the 2D camp material, due to how many additional concepts are involved, but neither camp requires any prior training. The 2D and 3D camps are independent of each other, so either may be taken first. A question to ask is whether the student is more excited about 2D games or 3D games.
The Online Game Development Camp mainly focuses on the elements from the 2D Camp, while also incorporating specialized talks on art, sound, and design and other elements of the game development process.
Are there any scholarships available for attending the camp?
We are happy to offer several $200 scholarships. The application form can be found here.
Will my child be exposed to mature-rated content?
Any media the camp will use for demonstration will be rated T for Teen or younger. We use the Entertainment Software Rating Board‘s guidelines.
What are the age restrictions for the camp?
We are targeting students 12–18. The mathematical and logical material might be out of reach for students younger than 12, which might lead to an unsatisfactory experience. We encourage collaboration and discussion, and we feel students under 12 may not comfortably fit in with the older students. However, if the applicant doesn’t quite meet the cut-off age, and you feel that he or she is a good fit, then feel free to email us at email@example.com.
Where are the in-person camps located?
The camp activities begin and end each day on the Indiana University Bloomington campus. The building used for classroom instruction is Franklin Hall (601 E Kirkwood Ave, Bloomington, IN 47405).
Students signed up for the overnight option stay at Teter Residence Hall (501 N Sunrise Dr., Bloomington, IN 47406). The building is located on the Indiana University Bloomington Campus. It is a short walking distance from the classroom building (0.9 miles).
Dining will be held at Forest Residence Hall (1725 E 3rd St., Bloomington, IN 47406) and is a short walk from the classroom building (0.8 miles)
What are the pick-up/drop-off times for the camp?
The camp runs from 9AM–5PM Monday through Friday, where drop-off is between 8:30-9AM and pick-up is between 5-5:30PM. For overnight students, students are on campus all hours of the day from Sunday evening through Friday afternoon.
What kind of food is offered?
Lunch is included and takes place at the Wright Food Court located at the Wright Residence Center (501 N Jordan Ave, Bloomington, IN 47406). Many types of diets are accommodated by the variety of options, as can be found on the university’s Residential Programs and Services NetNutrition guide. Breakfast and dinner are also provided for overnight campers.
What does camp cost?
The tuition for the Online Game Development Camp is $350, which includes a t-shirt and course curriculum. The tuition for the in-person camps is $400 for non-overnight attendees and $700 for overnight attendees. This includes a shirt, meals, and a water bottle. There are scholarships available for all camps.
How do I sign up?
You may sign up here. Once the form on that page is complete, you will be automatically redirected to Indiana University’s payment processor on a different site.
What if my question is not answered here?
Contact Administrative Director Andrew Behringer by email or phone, 812-856-8083.