Each June and July, the D|MA Summer Institute brings high school students to the UCLA campus to take classes in a variety of design-related fields. The Institute’s game design course is sponsored by the Game Lab and taught by Game Lab members.
In the span of one short week, students discuss good game design principles, begin learning the Unity environment, design their game, find or produce art assets, and finally create a finished, playable game, which other students play and offer feedback on. This is a valuable experience both for the students, who learning the process of game design and developing college-level skills, and the teachers, who are high level undergrads or graduate students getting the experience of teaching design, programming, and development skills.
Check out these videos of the student-created games: