Introduction to Video Game Design

July 8-18, 2024 Lincoln Center

4 credits

This course provides a gentle and fun introduction to the design and production of computer-based video games, for students with no prior programming experience. Students will learn principles of game design, and apply them to create an actual computer game. Students will also research aspects of games and/or the game industry. 

Skills/Learning Outcomes

By participating and completing this course, students will:

  • Gain familiarity of games and their potential beyond entertainment.
  • Know and employ the terminology of games and design.
  • Recognize the approaches, strategies, and tools needed to produce interactive experiences.
  • Identify innovations that continue to change how games address complex issues.
  • Develop and refine skills needed for physical and digital content creation.
  • Be more creative, expressive, and analytical about all aspects of game culture.
  • Create game projects via hands-on methods and digital creation tools. 

Instructor Bio

Christopher Vicari 
Christopher Vicari is an educational technologist and adjunct professor. He is a multimedia practitioner and web designer, specializing in games for change. 

Course Details

Video Game Design
July 8-July 18, 2024, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
4 credits
Lincoln Center
Instructor: Christopher Vicari

Course Number: CISC 2540 LP1
CRN: 15830

Please note that this is a college course and that Fordham students may also be enrolled in this class, which will be a great opportunity for you to learn more about life at Fordham. Final projects may be due after your time on campus.

For residents, free transportation will be available daily via the Ram Van at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.


Residential: $5,500.00
Tuition for the residential program includes the course, course materials, housing, meals, and excursions in and outside of class. Move-in for this program is Sunday, July 7, 2024 and move-out is Friday, July 19, 2024 by noon.

Commuter: $4,550.00
Tuition for commuters includes the course, course materials, lunches, and excursions in and outside of class. Additional meals are available on a pay-as-you-go basis.

Students may wish to bring funds for incidentals, shopping at the Fordham Bookstore, souvenirs, and any personal items they wish to purchase.


Application deadlines: course and housing: April 15, 2024; course only: May 1, 2024. Please note that admission decisions are rolling until the class is full, and course caps are around 20 students. We recommend early application.

Application Requirements: this credit-bearing course is primarily for rising high school seniors with a G.P.A. of 3.0 or better. Rising juniors may apply with a letter of recommendation in addition to the documents below. 

The course will be graded with letter grades, but you may opt to take the grade for pass/fail or audit by emailing [email protected] after the first class meeting. 

To apply, you will need an analytical (not creative or personal) writing sample from a class, your high school transcript, and your fall report card if the grades are not reflected on your transcript.

If you are applying for housing, a brief letter of recommendation from a guidance counselor, coach, instructor, or supervisor, attesting to your maturity and responsibility as a student is required.

Please make note of the course details above because you will select your course as part of your application.


If you are not ready to apply, you can sign up to stay informed about the Fordham Summer Leaders Academy too, or email us with questions!

It's not too late! Still accepting applications for classes with open seats until May 31!