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University Hosts Game Development Summer Camp in July


Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia is hosting the third-annual Game Development Summer Camp July 24-27, 2017, for 10th – 12th grade students who think they might want to turn their favorite hobby into a career.

Students will have the opportunity to learn about game development and design with hands-on activities in programming, design and art in a fun, overnight camp setting, according to a press release.

Curriculum will include an introduction to basic coding, game tools and mechanics and character concept art creation; awards in design, art and programming; invited speakers and fun after-hour activities including video game tournaments, board games, and movies.


Applications must be submitted online at by July 14, 2017, and the entry fee is $325 per participant (Early-bird price is $300 if registered before June 14). For more information, contact Rhaelene Lowther at or (870)235-4242.

The camp is being sponsored by SAU’s two Computer Game and Animation Design programs: B.S. in Computer Science with option in Game Design and B.F.A. in Game Art, Animation and Simulation Design.


SAU’s Computer Game and Animation Design degree is the only one of its kind in Arkansas, and has been extremely popular since it started Fall 2013. This unique program and others has helped catapult SAU to fastest growing university in Arkansas as of fall 2015. SAU also maintains the most affordable degree programs in Arkansas and gives graduates the highest return on investment, both according to the U.S. Department of Education.

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