The IU Media School Game Development Camp ensures that each child has a safe and productive week learning how to make games. Below are frequently asked questions. If your question is not on this page, contact Chabane Maidi, camp director, by email or phone at 812-856-8083.
Who sponsors this camp?
In its fifth year, the camp is organized through The Media School at Indiana University Bloomington. The camp is directed by Chabane Maidi, the Media School’s game lab manager and instructor of the Intro to Game Programming course at IU.
Will my child be safe?
The Game Development Camp ensures the safety of your child while he or she is attending the camp, either as a commuting or overnight student. Indiana University also has guidelines, which this program follows.
Which camp should my child attend?
3D camp material is generally more challenging than the 2D camp material, due to how many additional concepts are involved, but neither camp requires any prior training. The 2D and 3D camps are independent of each other, so either may be taken first. A question to ask is whether the student is more excited about 2D games or 3D games.
Are there any scholarships available for attending the camp?
We do now offer a scholarship which covers $200 of the enrollment fee for selected candidates. Details about applying can be found here: Diversity in Games Scholarship.
Will my child be exposed to mature-rated content?
Any media the camp will use for demonstration will be rated T for Teen or younger. We use the Entertainment Software Rating Board‘s guidelines.
What are the age restrictions for the camp?
We are targeting students 13–17. The mathematical and logical material might be out of reach for students younger than 13, which might lead to an unsatisfactory experience. We encourage collaboration and discussion, and we feel students under 13 may not comfortably fit in with the older students. However, if the applicant doesn’t quite meet the cut-off age, and you feel that he or she is a good fit, then feel free to email us at gamecamp @ indiana.edu.
Where are the camps located?
The camp activities begin and end each day on the Indiana University Bloomington campus.
The primary building used for classroom instruction is Franklin Hall (601 E Kirkwood Ave, Bloomington, IN 47405).
Students signed up for the overnight option stay at Teter Residence Center (501 N Sunrise Dr, Bloomington, IN 47406). The building is located on the Indiana University Bloomington Campus, a short walking distance from the food court and classroom buildings.
What are the pick-up/drop-off times for the camp?
The camp runs from 9AM–5PM Monday through Friday, where drop-off is any time after 8:30AM and pick-up is any time before 5:30PM. For overnight students, students are on campus all hours of the day from Sunday evening to Friday afternoon.
What kind of food is offered?
Lunch is included and takes place at the Wright Food Court located at the Wright Residence Center (501 N Jordan Ave, Bloomington, IN 47406). Many types of diets are accommodated by the variety of options, as can be found on the university’s Residential Programs and Services NetNutrition guide. Breakfast and dinner are also provided for overnight campers.
What does camp cost?
Each camp week is $375 for day only and $695 for the overnight option.
How do I sign up?
You may sign up on the application page. After filling out the form, you will be redirected to the payment processor hosted by the Office of Conference and Events Registration Services. Deadline to register is May 26.
What if my question is not answered here?
Contact director Chabane Maidi by email or phone, 812-856-8083.