Program at a Glance

  • Elevate Your Game Design Skills 

    Begin a focused exploration of the collaborative and creative aspects of web-based game development. Gain practical insights into the industry, covering package managers, local web servers, and design studio staffing dynamics. Through hands-on collaboration, bring your game to life, honing programming, art, and game design skills. Beyond game creation, get a glimpse into UT's application process, shared by UT admissions. Discover internship and career opportunities, explore the UT campus, and connect with students. Learn directly from UT professors and industry professionals.

  • Eligibility: Students entering 9th-12th grade (Fall 2024)

    Prerequisites: Beginner+

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

    Tools: Java-Script, Phaser

    Credit: Academy Certificate

  • One-Week Virtual Option

    Academy Tuition: $799 (limited availability)

    2024 Dates: July 8-12, 2024

    Location: Virtual via Zoom

  • Two-Week Hybrid Option

    Academy Tuition: $2,500

    2024 Dates: Virtual July 8-12 + In-person July 14-19

    Location: Virtual via Zoom & UT Austin Campus

Summer 2024 Enrollment Now Open!

Secure Your Spot Today! Enroll in our specialized summer academies and dive into a world of knowledge and skill development. Limited seats available, so act fast to guarantee your place!

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  • Two students working hands-on to build their robot in the robotics lab on UT Campus
  • Students working together on building a robot in the robotics lab on UT Campus.

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
    • 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

Academy Experience

Where You'll Learn

This academy takes place on campus at the University of Texas at Austin. Students get a taste of university life by learning in the Gates Dell Complex – the home of UT Computer Science.

Where You'll Stay & Eat

You will stay in student residence halls on campus where you’ll be matched with another student by age as your roommate. You can look forward to trying out college residence hall food at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, which is included.

How You'll Be Supported

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 10:1 student to mentor ratio to make sure students are getting the most out of their time on campus.

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.

  • Haley Wegner
    Academy Director
    Department of Computer Science

    Haley is responsible for planning and executing the tuition-based summer academies, which introduce high school students to the exciting world of programming, robotics, iOS app development, and more. She has an extensive history working in higher education and youth programs.


  • Academy scholarships are available on a limited basis. Enrollees with financial need can apply for a scholarship by completing the scholarship application by May 1st.

Enrollment for Summer 2024 Now Open!

  • Secure your spot today for a transformative journey in our summer academies—enroll now and seize the opportunity for knowledge and skill development while seats last!

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