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MASTERY

Our six-week Game Design Summer Camp will run from
July 8 - August 16, 2024

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SIA Mastery is our signature 3-year 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.

Over the summer, we offer an intensive version of our Level 1: Core program meeting Monday through Friday, 10am-5pm, for 6 weeks.

Level 1: Core

 

In our first year Core program, students learn C# programming on the Unity Engine, and explore other art forms related to game design such as digital art, animation, music production, and narrative writing. To ensure accessibility, Core is available twice a year, in multiple formats:
 

  • July-August, a 6-week Summer Camp intensive program, in person or remote 

  • November to June, 2 days a week after school, in person or remote

  • November to June, all day Saturdays, in person only  

Level 2: Advanced

 

After completing Core, students are eligible to join our Advanced program. In Advanced students learn to develop 3D games in Unity and to create 3D digital art in Blender. They will form teams to collaborate and produce a new game for their portfolio. They’ll also have opportunities to work with industry mentors. 

Level 3: Studio
 

Following the Advanced program, students are eligible for our 3rd level program, Studio, where they spend the year developing a game in teams. Studio students divide roles within their teams – including creative director, lead programmer, project manager, and narrative writer – to build new professional industry-relevant skills.

College Access
 

All 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, CCNY, and USC. Along the way, students will have the opportunity to be mentored by professional game developers at indie and AAA studios.

SIA Mastery is a multi-year mastery-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.

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Check out our FAQ page for more information on SIA

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