The goal of the CLASSIC program is to prepare students for the video game industry. Once accepted, a classic student stays in the program until they age out or transition into the tech/video game industry. Classic students get access to industry events, mentors, free classes, hardware/software, educational support, personal counseling, access to internships, paid opportunities and more.
Now accepting applications for the Gameheads Classic 2024 Cohort.
Core Program: Gameheads Classic
Video Game Design
Our core program is designed to teach students how to design and develop video games. Gameheads students (15-25) make bold, new interactive content pieces that are researched, designed, and executed by them and their peers. Teaching areas include:
• Game theory and History
• Diversity of expression in tech and interactive entertainment.
• Design thinking and Critical Ethnography
• Project management
• Art Design, Game Design and Level Design
• Software development and programming fundamentals
Exhibits, Showcases & Competitions
Every year, our students pitch, present and submit their projects to fellowships, competitions and prizes including Day of the Devs, The Mix, OakGameFest, The Gameheads Showcase and more.
I didn’t think four years later I would be kind of where I am. I’m in college! And, there’s opportunity popping up left and right for me and my friends around me. It’s kind of an amazing feeling actually.
— Rebecca Taylor, Gameheads Student
We take trips to some of California’s biggest tech companies and events, including LucasArts, Pixar, E3, the Java Conference and the Game Developers Conference. Also, we have hosted numerous industry professionals from Glue, Ubisoft, Teklet, Inc. and Kixeye to teach tech clinics, play test our student’s games and provide them with feedback.
A premiere goal at our organization is to ensure that all of our students graduate from high school and attend post-secondary education, preferably four-year universities to further their skills in STEAM education. Therefore, Gameheads offers individual academic, college and career counseling