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Seattle Winter Game Development Program 2018-12-12T18:18:57+00:00

Experience America has developed an exciting new program exclusively for students like you. This trip will show the best that Seattle has to offer, including sightseeing, education, sports, and local traditions. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to experience one of the most innovative cities in the world!

Holistic Learning Model

Our programs stress hands-on learning and real-world exposure through team projects conducted under the guidance of industry professionals. Our learning model builds confidence and teamwork skills as students learn assume different roles as they work together to create something unique they can call their own.

We build our programs around lifecycle learning, where students experience the many stages, skills, and jobs required to develop a product. Moving through this process, students discover which roles and activities excite them most, setting the stage for future career exploration.

It can be hard to figure out what you want to do in life. Let’s find out together.

Eleven Days in Seattle

Surrounded by mountain ranges, deep glacial lakes, and year-round greenery, Seattle commands some of the most breathtaking views in the Pacific Northwest—it’s no wonder that cutting-edge companies like Amazon, Starbucks, and Boeing decided to set up shop here.

Seattle also boasts a diverse and vibrant arts scene, with everything from independent galleries and nonprofit theaters to street performances and music festivals. No matter what time of year, there’s always something exciting going on in Seattle.

The University of Washington, nicknamed UW (U-Dub), is one of the world’s most distinguished public universities and is ranked as a top 10 school in the world. The University is only ten minutes from the heart of downtown Seattle. Get ready to call UW your home for the next 11 days!

Experience & Learn

Day 1: Arrive in Seattle

Day 2: Free time with host family

Day 3: Welcome Orientation

 Space Needle

 Chihuly Glass Museum

 Museum of Pop Culture

Day 4: Class 1: The game concept

 Game company tour

Day 5: Class 2:Photoshop and Unity

 Class 3: Designing your game

Day 6: Class 4: Art direction 

 Class 5: Production and testing

Day 7: Class 6: Sound and animation

      Microsoft HQ Tour

Day 8: Class 7: Lessons learned

 Boeing Factory Tour

 Seattle Premium Outlet Shopping

Day 9: Pike Place Market Scavenger Hunt

  UW Huskies Basketball game

Day 10: Class: Final presentations

   Closing ceremony

Day 11: Depart for home

After resting and adjusting to the time difference, spend time with your new host family and experience life in America.

Meet the Experience America team and learn more about the program, the University of Washington, and the city of Seattle.

Soak in the view of Seattle from one of the most iconic Seattle points of interest—the Space needle. Then let your imagination run wild at Seattle’s famous museums of music and glass art.

Form teams with your classmates and learn together what it takes to create your own game from initial concept to final product.

Go behind the scenes at a local game company, meet the makers of some of your favorite games, and learn what it’s like to work in the industry.

Learn about the emerging technologies being used such as VR and AI at Microsoft’s global headquarters.

Check out the largest building in the world and see the new Dreamliner being assembled.

Take advantage of some of the best deals around and pick up souvenirs at the Seattle Premium Outlets.

Dive deep and compete in a friendly scavenger hunt in Seattle’s famous farmer’s market. There you’ll see unique shops and restaurants that you can only find in Seattle.

Experience the atmosphere of a college basketball game, and cheer the Huskies onto victory alongside 10,000 fellow fans.

Celebrate your projects and accomplishments over the course of the two weeks and cap it off with a formal awards ceremony.

Experience & Learn

Day 1: Arrive in Seattle

Day 2: Free time with host family

After resting and adjusting to the time difference, spend time with your new host family and experience life in America.

Day 3: Welcome Orientation

 Space Needle

 Chihuly Glass Museum

 Museum of Pop Culture

Meet the Experience America team and learn more about the program, the University of Washington, and the city of Seattle.

Soak in the view of Seattle from one of the most iconic Seattle points of interest—the Space needle. Then let your imagination run wild at Seattle’s famous museums of music and glass art.

Day 4: Class 1: The Game Concept

 Game Company Tour 

Form teams with your classmates and learn together what it takes to create your own game from initial concept to final product.

Go behind the scenes at a local game company, meet the makers of some of your favorite games, and learn what it’s like to work in the industry.

Day 5: Class 2: Photoshop and Unity

 Class 3: Designing your game

Learn about the fundamentals of Computer Graphics Concepts and how to use key digital content creation tools to create basic real-time experiences including games, interactive presentations and animated movies.

Determine team roles, decide on a game concept, and begin the design process.

Day 6: Class 4: Art Direction

 Class 5: Production and testing

Learn how to create captivating characters, backgrounds, and other assets and learn the importance art plays in game design.

Then immediately start putting all the skills you’ve learned so far into practice as you start the production process of your game.

Day 7: Class 6: Sound and animation

Microsoft HQ Tour

Learn the role that sound plays in a game and how to make your game a more immersive experience.

Check out the emerging technologies being used such as VR and AI at Microsoft’s global headquarters.

Day 8: Class 7: Lessons learned

Boeing Factory Tour

Seattle Premium Outlet Shopping

Check out the largest building in the world and see the new Dreamliner being assembled.

Take advantage of some of the best deals around and pick up souvenirs at the Seattle Premium Outlets.

Day 9: Pike Place Market Scavenger Hunt

UW Huskies Basketball Game

Dive deep and compete in a friendly scavenger hunt in Seattle’s famous farmer’s market. There you’ll see unique shops and restaurants that you can only find in Seattle.

Experience the atmosphere of a college basketball game, and cheer the Huskies onto victory alongside 10,000 fellow fans.

Day 10: Class: Final Presentations

Closing Ceremony

Celebrate your projects and accomplishments over the course of the two weeks and cap it off with a formal awards ceremony.

Day 11: Depart For Home

What’s Included?

At Experience America we make sure everything is covered—from housing to technology and beyond—to provide the best experience for our students.

Students will live with host families throughout the program and experience American family culture.

Private transportation provided throughout your stay.

Tours to local companies complement and enhance the curriculum we create for our students.

Classes are taught by professional instructors with accredited industry experience.

All scheduled activities and experiences are inclusive of the cost.

Our programs offer full-service 24/7 support—there is always someone ready and waiting to help!

Three meals per day—breakfast, lunch, and dinner—with the freedom to explore places locals love!

Curated Experience

Create lasting memories with our customized itineraries that combine learning, sightseeing, and exceptional meals.

Inspiration

Broaden your worldview through exposure to new cultures while gaining independence and feeding your curiosity.

Reliability & Safety

Feel secure knowing that we use advanced technology for seamless planning and communication, including real-time GPS tracking for students.

Activities

The Seattle Winter Game Development program includes all of the following amazing sights and activities, plus much more.

GAME DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

$3,200

  • Education on the University of Washington campus
  • Stay with one of our own homestay families
  • Three meals per day (a combination of homestay and local favorites)
  • Premium activities and company tours around the city
  • Private transportation throughout stay

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