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Coding for Game Design High School Summer Program

June 29 - July 10   |   July 20 - July 31   ⎸  August 10 - August 21



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 professions at NYU.

Sample Schedule



9:00 – 10:00am

Game Design

10:00 – 11:00am

Unity Lesson

11:00 – 12:00pm

Workshop Time

12:00 – 1:00pm


1:00 – 2:00pm

Play Games!

2:00 – 4:00pm

Development Time

Social Events

NYU Programs plans social outings during weeknights and weekends. Students should always be active and busy.

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 2020. 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. This program is for domestic students only. Housing options are only available during sessions 1 and 2. Session 3 is for commuters only.

Program Dates

Session 1: June 29 - July 10, 2020
Session 2: July 20 - July 31, 2020
Session 3: August 10 - August 21, 2020, *Commuters only*

Program Costs

Tuition + Program fee:  $2,480
Housing:  $279 per week
Meal plans
10 Meals + $30 Dining Dollars per week:  $170 per week
12 Meals + $30 Dining Dollars per week: $187 per week
17 Meals + $30 Dining Dollars per week: $242 per week
8 meals + $30 Dining Dollars per week: $149 per week (Commuter students only)


More information is sent to those who have submitted an application (apply online via application)

Washington Square Park


Housing in a residential hall on NYU's Washington Square campus is available for the first 2 sessions. The residential hall will be within walking distance of the CREATE Lab in the East Village.

How to Apply

Coding for Game Design applicants must complete an online application.


For full consideration, apply by March 31, 2020

Notification: Applicants will receive notification within two weeks of their submission.



For more information, please contact

Admitted Students

Accepted applicants will receive further information and access in the form of emails. Please be patient during the processing of applications.

Info Sessions and Mailing List

Learn more about NYU's programs for high school students by attending an info session and joining the mailing list!

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