Tracks Offered at the San Francisco Summer Academy
Click on each track below to learn more
Build Your Own iPhone App
6/19 - 8/12
Build Your Own iPhone Game
6/19 - 8/12
Build your own VR experience
6/19 - 8/12
Important DatesTuition: $10,000
June 1 Application Deadline
June 4 All Admissions Decisions Made
June 19 - August 12 VR Track runs weekdays 9am-5pm
Curriculum for VR Track
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.
Who owns the app I build during the Summer Academy?
You do! You retain 100% of the rights to all the work you do during the program.
What is a typical day in the life of the Summer Academy?
You'll arrive at the Summer Academy at 9am and get to work coding. In the early weeks, you'll go through our tutorials teaching you Swift and how to clone popular apps, in the later weeks you'll be working on your own project! Instructors will walk around the classroom assisting you when you need help, and your peers will be really helpful as well. On most days you'll have a lecture on an interesting topic related to coding or the app industry and an excercise to help you soak in the knowledge. On other days you'll have a speaker from industry talk to you about their story and experience. When you're working on your own project, you'll be teamed up with your peers to help manage each other's projects and give feedback on how to improve them. The experience is very much like a professional startup environment with bright minds coding up cool products!
How do I apply for need-based financial aid?
You can find the financial aid application on your student dashboard. You must fill it out accurately in order to receive aid. You must also upload documentation that verifies your financial need.
* Note that we reserve the right to rescind our offer of financial aid if we feel you have misrepresented your financial need.
Why do you ask for so many types of financial information and documentation on the financial aid application?
In order to offer the right amount of financial aid, the financial aid team needs to get a sense of your financial situation, which means assessing both your or your family’s gross as well as disposable income. We want to ensure that as many students as possible have a chance to come to the Summer Academy. Because our funds are limited, we have to be thorough about how much aid we are offering to each student.
I am applying for a partner scholarship (GWC, NSCS, FIRST, etc). How do I apply?
In order to apply for one of our partner scholarships, you MUST be a member of the organization.
You should fill out the financial aid application and upload documents that demonstrate your financial need (you can find the application on your student dashboard). Please remember to indicate on the application which organization you belong to.
* Note that we will be verifying your membership with your organization before considering you as a financial aid applicant. If we find that you are not part of the organization you claim, you will forfeit any right to financial aid - scholarship or otherwise.
Can I build an app instead of a game?
Yes. The VR market focuses a lot on games but you can also use Unity to make VR apps.
What are the differences between the Games / Apps track and the VR track?
Apps and Games are the classic tracks offered at our Summer Academy. They focus on mobile development and are perfectly suited for both the intermediate and advanced student. Beginner students will need to complete prework. The Apps and Games track are 8 week courses where students first learn Swift by cloning best-selling iOS apps or games, then finish off the summer by designing their own app or game and launching it to the App Store. In the VR track, you learn C# and Unity. It is also 8 weeks long and ends with submitting your own title to the Steam Store.
My city isn't listed, can I participate?
Yes. Students have travelled to attend the Summer Academy from over 40 different countries, as well as from all over the United States. Click here to see where our students come from.
What kind of computer do I need?
You will need a VR capable computer and Oculus headset with Oculus Touch controllers. The cost of these are included in your tuition.
What are the prerequisites for the VR track?
Introductory level computer science knowledge is required, self taught or having taken a basic programming class are both fine. You should have also completed and released at least one app or game.
I've done some programming, is it enough?
Yes. Apply and we will help you figure out which track is right for you and whether or not you will need to complete prework.
Where is the Summer Academy held in San Francisco?
The Summer Academy VR track is held at 1547 Mission St, San Francisco.
How many students will be admitted?
We'll admit up to 600 students across all locations this summer.
Is housing provided?
Housing cost is not included in tuition but we do provide housing options that are walking distance from our San Francisco headquarters.
What is the student to instructor ratio?
We'll have 1 instructor for every 12 students.
What is the minimum age?
The minimum age for our Summer Academy is 13. Click here for more information on our student profiles.
What is the maximum age?
There is no maximum age to attend our Academy. As long as you are passionate about learning, you will be a good fit at Make School!
Can I do this part time?
No. We expect you to be present Monday-Friday, 9AM-5PM. If you need to miss 1-2 days, that is perfectly acceptable.
My family usually takes a vacation during the summer, what if it conflicts?
We're happy to work with you to deal with this, we'll have a way for you to follow along with the program remotely, but the burden will be on you to avoid falling behind. If you have more questions related to this, just ask us, email email@example.com.
Is this the same as the MakeGamesWithUs Summer Academy?
Yes, we changed our name to Make School.
Is this similar to a coding bootcamp?
Yes and no. Yes, this is a high-intensity program that teaches you programming. However, unlike most bootcamps that are career-focused, our summer academy is a product-focused bootcamp. What does that mean? The Summer Academy dives deeper than any other bootcamp into Ideation, Wire-framing, UX, Design, Monetization, Analytics, etc. That being said, we do offer optional workshops on resume building and if you want to do a mock interview with an instructor, we can facilitate that.
Is this similar to a coding summer camp?
No, coding summer camps cater to an younger audience interested in a relaxed summer camp experience. The Summer Academy Intro Track is an intense pre-professional program for high school and college students who are passionate about learning to code - be prepared to work hard and have fun!
I live outside the United States, can I attend?
Yes! Last year we had students from Mongolia, Haiti, Kazakhstan, Macedonia, Australia, Georgia, Mexico, England, France, Japan, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Tunisia, and Jamaica and more.
What are the approximate living expenses?
Housing - $2,000
Food - $1,000
Transportation - $200
Keep in mind:
Housing and transportation costs vary depending on where you live. Food costs will be higher depending on how often you eat out
Tuition & Financial Aid
Tuition for the Summer Academy 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 February. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.