Program at a Glance

  • Eligible Students: 9-12 grade (fall 2022)

    Skill Level: Beginner+

    Tools: Java-Script, Phaser

    Tech Requirements: Computer, webcam + microphone, & Internet access

    Credit: Academy Certificate

  • One-Week Virtual Option

    Tuition: $799 (limited availability)

    When: July 18-22, 2022

    Where: Virtual via Zoom

  • Two-Week Hybrid Option

    Tuition: $2,500

    When: July 18-22 (virtual) +
    July 24-30 (in-person)

    Where: Virtual via Zoom &
    UT Austin Campus

  • Game Development

    Careers in software game development in the U.S. are projected to increase by 22% through 2029, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Explore the world of game development, including programming, art and game design.

What You'll Explore

  • Topics Covered:

    • Web-based game development
    • Package managers
    • Running local web servers
    • How a design studio is staffed 
    • Web development tools
    • Building game code
    • Creating look and feel through art
    • Learning to communicate and work as a team
  • Hands-on Experiences:

    • Delve into the game development process, including programming, art and game design
    • Collaborate on a team to bring your game to life
    • Learn tactics for a standout UT application from UT admissions
    • Discover future internship and career opportunities
    • Explore the UT campus and meet current UT students
    • Learn from UT professors and other game development professionals
    • Identify tactics for a standout UT application from UT admissions

Meet Your Academy Staff

  • Sarah Abraham

    Dr. Sarah Abraham
    Assistant Professor of Instruction
    Department of Computer Science

    Dr. Sarah Abraham will be teaching students how to create games, using interdisciplinary skills from computer science, art, and design. She is a member of the Real-time Graphics and Parallel Systems group, with interests in non-photorealistic rendering, simulation-based tools for artists, and video game mechanics that foster cooperation and empathy. Dr. Abraham received her M.S. and PhD from the University of Texas at Austin, and her B.A. From Wellesley College.

  • Tiffany Buckley
    Academy Director
    Department of Computer Science

    Tiffany Buckley has worked for the UT Computer Science for 15+ years on summer academies, admissions, enrollment, student organizations and diversity initiatives.

Where you'll be

The University of Texas at Austin

Students in our hybrid academy will head to UT Austin campus, after completing their first week in the virtual academy, to get a taste of university life by learning in the Gates Dell Complex—the home of UT Computer Science. You will stay in student residence halls on campus where you will be matched with another student by age as your roommate. You can look forward to trying out real college residence hall food at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, which is included. Our mentors help you get accustomed to learning on a college campus by staying in the same residence halls and accompanying you throughout your stay. Our academies boast an impressive 1:10 student to mentor ratio to make sure students are getting the most out of their time on campus.


  • Academy scholarships are available on a limited basis. Registrants with financial need can apply for a scholarship by completing the scholarship application.

  • Scholarship recipients will be notified of their scholarship award by June 1.

Space is limited. Register today to reserve your spot!

If you have any questions, please direct them to academies@cs.utexas.edu.