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Students jump-start video game career


May 29, 2007

High school students interested in careers in video game design and production have an opportunity to work with industry professionals during a six-week program June 18-July 27 at ASU’s Tempe campus.

CampGame is open to sophomores, juniors and seniors. Deadline for application is June 8.

“Gaming is one of the fastest-growing industries in the nation,” says CampGame coordinator Ashish Amresh, a lecturer in the School of Computing and Informatics.

The program is offered through the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, a part of the computing and informatics school in ASU’s Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering.

“As an interdisciplinary school we hope to provide education in all fields related to computer science and engineering, and this camp is a great opportunity for us to reach out to motivated high school students interested in the industry,” Amresh says.

Students will be guided in building video game prototypes using the latest computer software, hardware and game development tools. They will work in teams to identify a game concept, create the design and content, program game behavior and present a working prototype to faculty, parents and other students in an awards competition.

As part of the process, they will learn about game design, programming, weapon and character modeling, character animation, game genres and the history of video games, game physics and artificial intelligence.

Students will be taught to use the industry-leading UNREAL game engine technology and art content creation software 3D Studio Max and Adobe Photoshop to bring their video game ideas to life and learn advanced skills in game art, design and programming.

Tuition for the camp is $1,500 with a $25 application fee. Scholarships may be available. Applications can be mailed, faxed or sent electronically. For specific information about registration, visit the camp’s Web site at http://asusrl.eas.asu.edu/highschool/camp/ or call (480) 965-0958, or e-mail Ashish Amresh at amresh@asu.edu.

Camp hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. Transportation will not be provided to or from the program location.