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Coding for Game Design High School Summer Program

Update (June 2023): The 2023 Coding for Game Design Summer Program has completed the registration and no longer accepts new applications. Thank you for your interest!

This coming summer, we are planning to offer two in person sessions and two virtual sessions (please see below for session dates). NYU continues to closely monitor developments related to COVID-19 and adjust University policy accordingly. 

Learn from game design and coding experts from the CREATE lab at New York University how to design games and use Unity!

In this two-week session, participants will learn about the principles of game design, and will be introduced to C# and Unity scripting, which they will use to create their own custom games! The program emphasizes team collaboration and close work with experienced CREATE game designers and developers. Students will work together and independently to create 3D Unity games based on design principles and development techniques used by professionals at NYU.

Sample Schedule



10:00 – 11:00am

Game Design

11:00 – 12:00pm

Workshop Time

12:00 – 1:00pm


1:00 – 2:00pm

Critical Gameplay

2:00 – 4:00pm

Development Time

Who Can Apply

High School students going into their Sophomore (10th), Junior (11th), or Senior (12th) year.

High School Students Designing Games on Laptops

Our program is accepting students who will be entering sophomore, junior, or senior year of high school in Fall 2023. Applicants should already have a basic level of understanding of code and programming, preferably with at least one formal coding class completed with a B+ or higher grade.

Summer 2023 Program Dates

Session 1: 6/19-6/30 (Online)
Session 2: 7/10-7/21 (In person)
Session 3: 7/31-8/11 (In person)
Session 4: 8/14-8/25 (Online) 

Program Costs

Tuition: $2,545

Full refunds will be provided up to two weeks prior to the start of the program. Please note there is a $25 non-refundable fee to apply.


The Deadline to Apply for Scholarships is April 15, 2023

Instructions on how to apply for scholarships are automatically emailed to anyone 48 hours after completing and submitting an application. Please note that scholarship funding is limited.

*May 4 Update: Summer 2023 scholarships have been fully distributed and no longer accept new scholarship applications. 

Program Location

In summer 2023, the program will be held on NYU's downtown Brooklyn campus at 370 Jay Street. 


On campus housing is available for an additional fee for all interested participants. If you would like housing, please indicate so when asked on your application. If admitted, you will receive an email with instructions on how to purchase housing. All participants will be housed on NYU's downtown Brooklyn campus where the program will be conducted. 

How to Apply

Unfortunately, application for the 2023 Coding for Game Design Summer Program has closed and we no longer accept new applicants. Thanks for your interest and we welcome qualified applicants to apply for Summer 2024. More information will be available in Winter 2024. 

Frequently Asked Questions: 

Q: How do I reserve housing? 
A: On-campus housing is administered by NYU Housing for an additional fee (not included in the price of tuition). All admitted participants who indicate interest in housing in the application will receive an email with information on housing fees and how to apply. Program participants will be housed on NYU's Brooklyn campus where the program will be conducted. 

Q: Are scholarships available? 
A: Need- and merit-based scholarships are available for qualified students. If interested in a scholarship, please indicate so on your program application. Within 48 hours of submitting your application for program admission, you will receive instructions on how to submit a separate scholarship application. All scholarship applications must be received by April 1st. Please submit your program application prior to April 1st to ensure you have enough time to receive and complete the separate scholarship application. 

*Update: Summer 2023 scholarships have been fully distributed and no longer accept new scholarship applications. 

Q: When will I receive a bill for the program? 
A: Participants who have accepted their admission to the program will be able to view and pay their bill once they have been enrolled.



For more information, contact

Admitted Students

Please see our Admitted Students Page for more information.

NYU's High School and Middle School Programs

Learn more about NYU's programs for high school students by checking out the High School and Middle School Programs page. 

*Please note: some information may be updated closer to the program's start date.