Summer Video Game Design Tech Camps for Youth

Video Game Design, Animation, Illustration and Cartooning — for Kids!

(Note: 2022 Summer Tech Camps have been cancelled.)

Summer Camps at CSUDH for Students (Ages 10-17)

Video Game Design I: Character Design and Motion Graphics |  July 13

Video Game Design II: Animation & Special Effects |  July 20

The Magic of Drawing: Introduction to Fine Arts & Cartooning | July 27

Make this your summer to develop your artistic talent in four fun-filled, creative summer workshop camps. Please scroll down to find descriptions of your camp, schedule and registration information.

  We also have a 1-Week Spring Break Video Game Tech Camp! ►


Each camp meets in the Extended Education Classroom Building on Monday-Thursday (4 days) from 9:30am to 4pm (with a break for lunch).
The price for each camp is $302 and includes all necessary materials for in-class use.
Computer camp students should bring a USB storage drive to save final digital design projects.

CNSubjectCatalog   SecTitleLocationStart DateEnd DatePrice
31265NCGD13201Video Game Design I: Character Design & Motion GraphicsEE 12057/13/20207/16/2020$302
31266NCGD13401Video Game Design II: Animation & Special EffectsEE 12177/20/20207/23/2020$302
31267NCGD49501The Magic of Drawing: Introduction to Fine Arts & Cartooning EE 12217/27/20207/30/2020$302

* Schedule subject to change; consult with instructor for specific date/class details | Updated 04/07/2020


Summer Tech Camps:

 Video Game Design I: Character Design & Motion Graphics

Discover game development techniques, gain basic skills in writing storylines and designing an original game character, the key ingredients for developing a video game. Learn basic level features of Adobe Animate and create motion graphics and digital character development. Create storyboards and sound effects.

Instructional Activities:

  • Introductions
  • Game Development Concepts (lecture)
  • History of Games: What’s hot…What’s not
  • The Creative Team Concept
  • Introduction to Animate: Motion Graphics Applications
  • Backgrounds, Scenery
  • Storyline Development: Original Character Design
  • Final Instructor Comments and Evaluation

Special Guest
Eric Teitelbaum, co-creator of the "Pink Panther Comic Strip", will be a guest presenter and conduct a special demonstration and in-class workshop on how to design original characters. Students will get a firsthand look at how characters are created... and why they are so important in visual interpretation of story lines. Students will also get a chance to put pen to paper and design one of their own.

Scheduled Classes:

Date: July 13–16, 2020
Time: 9:30am–4:00pm
Meetings: 4
Location: EE-1205
Fees: $302
Course No: NCGD 132 Sec 01
Reg. No: 31265

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 Video Game Design II: Animation & Special Effects

Continue video game design  studies as you explore special features of Adobe Flash/Animate to create a video game treatment and story outline. Discover animation techniques and special effects to integrate original characters into backgrounds and scenery for compelling visual story telling. Work with a team to create pitches to present your project to others.

Instructional Activities:

  • Advanced Game Development Concepts (lecture)
  • Introduction to Additional Animate Features, applications
  • Motion Graphics Continued
  • Character Design and Character Motion
  • Backgrounds, Scenery Applications
  • Sound and Effects
  • Creative Team Class Presentations
  • Final Instructor Comments and Evaluations

Prerequisite: Completion of Video Game Design I or approval of instructor is required.

Scheduled Class:

Dates: July 20–23, 2020
Time: 9:30am–4:00pm
Meetings: 4
Location: EE-1217
Fees: $302
Course No.: NCGD 134 Sec 01
Reg. No: 31266

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 The Magic of Drawing: Introduction to Fine Arts & Cartooning

This information-packed workshop begins by introducing students to the basics of fine arts/realistic drawing. Using charcoal, color pencil, watercolor, students will gain skills in realistic drawing techniques as they explore still life, point-to-point drawing, 3-D and perspective.

Attendees will next apply newly acquired drawing skills to create original cartoon character designs: including effective use of line, color and 3-D, as they learn to design fun characters that convey emotion. Cartoon assignments directly apply to game design, animation and comic book. This fun-filled creative summer camp is the perfect learning event for aspiring young artists everywhere.

All drawing materials for in-class use provided.

Scheduled Class:

Dates: July 27–30, 2020
Time: 9:30am – 4:00pm
Meetings: 4
Location: EE-1221
Fees: $302
Course No.: NCGD 495 Sec 01
Reg. No: 31267

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About the Camp Designers/Instructors

The four summer camps were developed by brothers Eric and Bill Teitelbaum. Eric and Bill co-created the newspaper version of the “Pink Panther” newspaper comic strip, which has appeared in international syndication for five years. The brothers served as contributing editors and cartoonists for Los Angeles Magazine, penning the magazine’s “Finale” back page for over 20 years.”

Robert Dillworth, Video Game Camp Instructor Robert Dillworth is a new media designer whose credits include Warner, Sony and Verizon. An experienced classroom presenter, he regularly conducts workshops for both children and adults at California State University campuses across the southland.


All camps are taught at California State University, Dominguez Hills in Carson:

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College of Extended &
International Education
1000 E. Victoria St.
Carson, CA 90747

CSUDH Summer Camps are convenient for students living and working in or near Los Angeles, Torrance, Long Beach, Carson, Compton, El Segundo, Lomita, Harbor City, Palos Verdes, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, San Pedro, Lawndale, Hawthorne, Gardena, Westchester, Ladera Heights, Lakewood, Paramount, Bellflower, Downey, Inglewood, Wilmington, and other parts of the South Bay and Southern California.

Who Should Attend
Students ages 10-17

Information & Registration

For questions, call 310-243-2075 or email

Ready to register? Call 310-243-3741 or go to Registration Services


Frequently Asked Questions

How is student attendance managed?
An attendance list is produced during check-in each morning and is utilized during lunch and dismissal.

How is dismissal managed?
Parents/guardians retrieve the students from the classroom; students are not released without a parent/guardian.

How is the lunch break managed?
The Classroom Monitor escorts the class to and from the campus food-court.

What is the maximum number of students in the class?
Up to 18 students may enroll in each class.

Do you offer the camps any other time of the year?
We have Spring Break and Summer Vacation (5 one-week) camps available.

What if I have other questions?
For further camp-specific questions, please email the camp program directly.