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Summer Pre-College: Game Design

Earn college credits this summer while you learn to design and create your own video games.

Summer Pre-College: Game Design

Session 1 (New York City Campus, commuter): The 2020 Session 1 NYC program will run June 29th - July 10th.
Session 2 (Poughkeepsie, NY Campus, residential): The 2020 Session 2 programs will run July 12th - July 25th.

If you enjoy video games, why not design and create your own? You won't have to fuss with archaic programming languages. Instead, you'll use state-of-the-art game-maker software that is both straightforward and yet is expansive and powerful. Students begin creating games, simple ones initially then increasingly sophisticated ones later. You'll learn how to create, test, and debug different types of exciting games such as scrolling shooters, maze games, platform games, and 3D parallax games. With this modern, user-friendly approach, in seemingly no time, you'll be well on your way to making real, viable video games that you can even share with your friends. No prior programming experience is required.


Welcome to Marist's Summer Pre-College in Game Design Program!

Marist College is a highly selective comprehensive liberal arts institution noted for its leadership in technology in and out of the classroom. When prospective students see Marist–our beautiful location on the Hudson River, top-notch facilities, the faculty attentiveness, and the sheer enjoyment of their experience here–they want to join our community. At Marist, students get a premium education, develop skills, make lifelong friends, and finish ahead of the competition for their next steps.

Program goals:

  • Delve into the principles of particle systems to create fireworks
  • Explore animated sprites
  • Check out collision detection and scrollable backgrounds
  • Analyze digital audio
  • Appreciate special effects and real-time input
  • Find out more about the next generation of gaming from world-class professionals
  • Create your own captivating video games


Earn College Credit Over the Summer

Marist Summer Pre-College is geared toward sophomores, juniors, and seniors in high school. Upon successful completion of the Summer Pre-College Game Design Program, each student will earn three (3) transferable college credits for the Marist College course CMSC 190, Introduction to Gaming.


Program Cost

Please see below for the 2020 Pre-College program costs. Cost includes tuition & fees, housing & all meals, field trips, and all course materials. Cost does not include travel expenses. Students may wish to bring funds for incidentals, shopping at the Marist Bookstore or the local mall, souvenirs, and any personal items they wish to purchase. New York City cost includes tuition & fees, lunch, field trips, all course materials and one overnight stay on the Marist Poughkeepsie campus.