Students sitting in coding for game design class

Have you ever wanted to create your own video game? Through this two-week program, students learn about the principles of game design, and are introduced to C# and Unity scripting, which they use to create their own custom games!

The program emphasizes team collaboration and close work with experienced game designers and developers from NYU Steinhardt’s Consortium for Research and Evaluation of Advanced Technologies in Education (CREATE). Students will work together and independently to create 3D Unity games based on design principles and development techniques used by professionals at NYU.

Through a mix of lectures, collaborative small-group activities, and individual projects, students gain valuable coding skills while boosting their preparedness for college-level academics and connecting with students from around the world.

How to Apply

Eligible applicants will be high school students currently enrolled in the 9th, 10th, or 11th grade and have a basic level of understanding of computer coding and programming.

Application components include:contact information; biographical and demographic information; academic information; questions on coding experience; questions on gaming experience; and questions on scholarly/professional interests. Admission decisions will be made on a rolling basis. Our admission team aims to provide a decision within 2 weeks after the completed application is submitted.

Who You'll Study With

Areas of Study

Student Life

Program participants will benefit from a number of extracurricular experiences provided by NYU's University Programs Office including organized social gatherings and informative talks. Students will spend their days in the program learning from CREATE's expert game designers and working collaboratively to create their own video games. Students participating in the in person sessions will have the option of living on campus.


Program Dates

Session 1:
June 19-30 (Online)

Session 2:
July 10-21 (In person)

Session 3:
July 31- Aug 11 (In person)

Session 4:
August 4-25 (Online)


Please note there is a $25 non-refundable fee to apply. 


Application Deadline

Rolling Admissions

Scholarship Application Deadline

April 1, 2023