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Summer Academy VR

The Make School Summer Academy is an eight week program for developers of all experience levels to enhance their development skills

This is the summer that will change your life.

Students at the Summer Academy gain a professional-caliber education provided by instructors recruited directly from industry. With an instructor-student ratio of 1:12, the Summer Academy is designed to maximize the amount of individual attention each student receives from these leading experts.

Demo Day

Our amazing community of alums go on to attend top 10 CS programs (Stanford, Columbia, MIT, Carnegie Mellon, Harvard) and work at companies like Apple, Tesla, Snapchat, and Google. You’ll gain access to a network of visionaries who get invited to demo their apps at The White House and are featured at conferences like Oculus Connect 3. Most importantly, you’ll launch products alongside students and instructors from over 50+ countries who will become your future colleagues and lifelong friends.


Week 1 Unity Basics & Brainstorming

Learn C#, Unity, and study the current VR market while learning brainstorming techniques.

Week 2 Mastering Virtual Reality

Dive deeper into VR and Unity. You'll learn the frameworks used by popular games and continue with brainstorming exercises.

Week 3 Team Hackathon

Work with a team to create your first VR game and refine your skills. Play test your peers games at the end of the week!

Week 4 Starting your Game

Start working on your own game that you'll submit to the Steam Store by the end of the Make School Summer Academy.

Week 5 First Playable Build

Continue working on your game and start user testing a portions of it.

Week 6 Finish the "Core Loop"

Finish up the core game loop of your game to complete the minimum viable product. This will give you plenty of time for polish and submission.

Week 7 Polish

Focus on the design of your game. Fine tune the colors and animations to make your game delightful to play.

Week 8 Steam Store Submission and Demo Day

Complete the polish and prepare your game for Steam Store submission.

Important Dates

  • Apr 2 Early Application Deadline

  • Apr 15 Early Application Decisions Made

  • Apr 22 Early Financial Aid Decisions Made

  • May 15 Application Deadline

  • May 22 All Decisions Made

  • May 29 All Financial Aid Decisions Made

  • Jun 19 - Aug 12 Summer Academy runs weekdays 9AM-5PM

Location for San Francisco Summer Academy VR

Make School HQ

1547 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94103

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition for the VR Track is $10,000.

Tuition does not include room and board.

For students who do not have the financial means to afford tuition, we do have a limited amount of need-based financial aid available. If you are admitted to the Summer Academy, you will then need to apply for a scholarship to determine if you’re eligible.

You will find the financial aid application on your student dashboard. We begin making rolling financial aid decisions in the spring. We recommend that you apply for financial aid as soon as possible to avoid the risk of funds being no longer available.

We also encourage students applying for financial aid to crowdfund their tuition. Several past Make School students have successfully crowdfunded their way to the Summer Academy. If you would like more information about crowdfunding, please email

Apply for the VR Track in San Francisco

We encourage you to submit your application to the Summer Academy today.

We review applications on a rolling basis, and enrollment is first come first serve for admits.

The Summer Academy is suitable for students of all skill levels. Based on your experience level we’ll let you know which pod (explorer, intermediate, advanced) we feel you’ll fit in best, and give you info on how to level-up if you’d like to apply to a more advanced pod.

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