OCTOBER - JUNE
Saturdays 10 am to 5 pm, Mondays 4 to 6 pm
SIA Mastery is our signature program for high school students who want to pursue computer science through game design and prepare for college. This program is proven to prepare students for success in a variety of STEM college majors and careers. In addition to learning C# programming on the Unity Engine, students will also practice other art forms related to game design such as illustration, animation, music production, and narrative writing.
As students progress through the program, they'll be able to enroll in our APCSP prep-course and take the APCSP exam through one of our partner schools if their own school does not offer the test. Students will also have the chance to become a Unity Certified User, a certification is designed for future developers who want to create their own game or apps, or plan to attend a postsecondary program in game development, STEM, or animation.
Students in SIA Mastery are eligible to participate in our college access program that assists them with the college admission and financial aid process. Our staff work with each student to help them gain admission to a college of their choice and secure robust scholarship support. Graduates of our SIA program have successfully enrolled in schools like NYU, RIT, Cooper Union, Columbia, and USC. Along the way, students will have the opportunity to be mentored by professional game developers at AAA studios.
SIA Mastery is a multi-year master-based program where students progress through each section as they are ready. Here's a chart of what a typical student's journey looks like as they progress through the various stages of the program.