High Schoolers Complete Game Design Workshop at Inland EmpireThe Art Institute of California–Inland Empire, a campus of Argosy University, recently hosted Fontana High School students for a Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) workshop that introduced students to the process of creating a game.
For one week, 16 students from various Fontana High Schools, chaperoned by 4 district school teachers, took Media Arts and Animation courses on the Ai California–Inland Empire campus.
Start to finish, the week was one of intensive critical thinking and storyboarding. Each day, students engaged in an interactive warm-up activity on the Inland Empire campus before entering the classroom to work on their game ideas. In classes, students first were guided in creating game stories or concepts, and throughout the week learned more about various game elements--from what to consider when developing characters, to what influences game design, to strategies for assigning character talents and background stories. After coming up with their own story concepts, characters, backgrounds, and illustrations, students developed and mounted storyboards on the last day of class—pitching their game to the class and instructors.
Courses were taught by Ai California–Inland Empire instructors, Gil Hung and Logan Feliciano. Feliciano is also an Ai California–Inland Empire 2009 alumni of the Bachelor of Science in Game Art & Design program.
The high school students were also shown a virtual reality (VR) demo and concept, collaboration, and storyboard presentation from current Ai California–Inland Empire students. Before leaving, the VAPA students were treated to swag bags which included scholarship information, details about the Ai College Bound program, and various tools to use in their classes.
VAPA is a program through the school district geared towards art students in a GATE, or Gifted and Talented Education, program.
See http://ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/330 for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.