Cost Estimation for Video Game Design Summer Academy

Application Fee$200
Program Fee$4,800
Student Service Fee$300
Medical Insurance$250
Books & Supplies$250

Housing Options

Housing Application Fee$200
International Village
  • Studio: $1,610
  • Single: $1,540
  • Double: $875
American Family Homestay
  • Cost per week: $225
  • Cost per day: $33

The information provided is designed to just give you an idea of the approximate costs of attending our programs. Actual amounts depend on several factors, such as arrival and departure dates, services requested, and others.

This is not an official invoice, it cannot be used as an official document for any payment related issue or procedure

Actual amounts will be provided on an official invoice after complete application materials have been received.

All prices are in U.S. Dollars (US$)

All courses, dates and fees are subject to change without notice

Video Game Design Summer Academy

Video Game Design Summer Academy

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Upcoming Dates


Summer 2017
June 19 - July 25, 2017



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5 weeks

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This intensive format uses a hands-on approach for practical experience in game design, game mechanics, story and content creation. Master the same software the pros use, with up to 100 hours of professional level instruction from gaming industry professionals with real-world experience.

Spend the summer in Southern California and return home with a valuable credential that can open the door to an exciting career

This program is 10 units and can be completed in 6 weeks.

What You'll Learn

  • How to use Maya, Unity, Blender, and Adobe Photoshop to create designs and characters for your own ultimate personal visual impact.
  • Game mechanics
  • Theory of fun
  • Story and plot development
  • Feedback mechanisms
  • Environmental and character assets
  • Heuristic testing
  • Designing for animation
  • Correcting topology
  • 3D mesh data and symbolic armatures
  • Rigging and skinning techniques

What You Can Do

Positions are primarily available in private companies. They might include:

  • Computer programmers
  • Digital artists
  • Game designers
  • Producers

Who Can Attend

Admission Requirements:

  • TOEFL score of 550 (80iBT) or IELTS score of 6.5.
  • Minimum age: 18 (or high school graduate).
  • No degree required.
  • This is a full-time program.
  • You must obtain F-1 (student) visa.
Immigration Information

Dates & Fees

Program Offerings
6-week Session
June 19 - July 25, 2017
Fee: $4,800

*Amounts are in U.S. dollars and reflect tuition cost only
Complete Dates & Fees.

Where to Stay

Recommended Housing
International Village (IV)

  • Conveniently located next to the Extension Center, restaurants, banks and the main UCR campus.
  • Offers three types of living arrangements: studio, single, or double
  • Open year-round
  • For adult students (age 18 or older) only.
  • Stay with an American family to practice English daily and learn about American life and customs
  • Fully furnished room; double-occupancy
  • All meals and daily transportation (to/from school or school-related activities) included
  • No minimum age; no minimum stay

Experiance California

Social & Cultural Activities
Make the most of your California experience!

Riverside has a friendly community and centralized location. Travel an hour in any direction to explore Los Angeles, San Diego, Palm Springs, and other famous destinations.

Fill your weekends with:
  • Unforgettable places, events and cultural immersion activities.
  • FREE social events to make professional connections.
  • Optional trips at a special student rate.

Before You Apply

You will be asked create an account and you will need to provide a valid email address, mailing address and other personal information.

Collect any required documents so you are prepared to upload them.

Supporting Documents:

  • Agency/embassy/partner university information. (Only required if you have one.)
  • Copy of your passport photo page.
  • Statement of Financial Support Form. Click to view the instructions and form.
  • Financial statement from the Bank, in English. Click to view the instructions.
  • If you are applying as a transfer student from another U.S. institution on an F-1 visa, you must upload copies of your current I-20, the front and back of your I-94, and current F-1 visa stamp. Click to view transfer instructions and form.
  • If you are under 18 years old, have your parents complete the parental release form.
“Enrich your life and transform your future by studying in the heart of Southern California. Employers all over the world recognize the University of California as the gold standard in academics. Experience YOUR California dream at sunny UCR - your place to shine.”

Bronwyn Jenkins-Deas

Associate Dean, UCR Extension
Director, International Programs

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