The Guildhall Academy

About The Guildhall

Discover the Science and Art of Video Games

The Guildhall Academy
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Are you a serious game player who has what it takes to become a game maker? Have you ever considered studying video game development in college and turning your passion into a career? Then the Guildhall Advanced Game Design Academy is for you. 


What is The Guildhall Academy?


Celebrating its seventh year, this workshop is offered by the SMU-in-Plano Summer Youth Program in partnership with The Guildhall at SMU. The Advanced Game Design Academy offers two rigorous, fully immersive, two-week summer camps in which students will make a video game using cutting edge game engine technology, a cutting edge game engine developed by SMU graduate professors. The Academy students will be taught and mentored by game industry veterans, and will experience what professional game developers do on a daily basis during the two-week programs. 


Video Games are a $20 billion industry; see if you have what it takes to be a part of it!

Students should have a passion for games and intermediate technical skills, however specific knowledge related to game development is not required.

Students learn under the direction of SMU faculty and game industry veterans to:
· Design a platformer game
· Create unique art for their game and get it into the game engine
· Program gameplay using LUA 
· Apply game design and development skills to create their own 2D game using the same game tech used by Guildhall graduate students in their game production projects


Session 1



Session 2




We're always glad to answer questions!

If you want to find out more about The Guildhall Academy, or are interested in having a student attend, please contact Rene Archambault at (972) 473-3539, or by email to reneja@smu.edu.