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Learn how to develop games, videos and websites like a pro at IU School of Informatics' Summer Workshops


May 2, 2012

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High school students will have a rare opportunity to use industry-leading computer technology, production equipment and software programs under expert direction at IU School of Informatics workshops this summer at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

Students entering, currently in or graduating from Grades 9 to 12 are eligible to attend. Workshops will be led by faculty of the School of Informatics’ Media Arts and Science program. They will take place in June and July in the Informatics and Communications Technology Complex, 535 W. Michigan St.

The workshops include:

• “Game On! #1” -- Those who have a passion for gaming, drawing, creating characters and programming will take their first step on a path to professional game design and creation using Flash.

• “Game On! #2” -- Explore the art of video game design and dive deep into 3D game design using the Unreal Tournament 3 Game Engine -- the game engine pros use to make blockbusters like "BioShock" and "Gears of War."

• "Attack of the Giant Photoshop!" -- Start each day with a discussion of how to “see” the world in new ways. Then take structured mini field trips around the IUPUI campus to capture images to use during the lab portion of the day. Next, test images in the Virtual Reality Theater. The workshop includes basic instruction in Photoshop and Illustrator techniques and how to create and export basic movies in Photoshop.

• “Video Bootcamp” -- Get started as a professional in this workshop. Students will create a short abstract video and learn about various aspects of Final Cut as they explore its ability to layer a video and animate those layers.

• “Web Design for Beginning Webmasters” -- Participants will learn how to make a website. Learn the basics of Web design, including HTML and CSS and how they work together in creating a website. By the end of the week, participants will have their own website to share with friends.

No previous experience is necessary to participate in the workshops. The registration deadline for the weeklong workshops is May 25. For more information and to register, visit