Daniels Minecraft Program (Online)

Summer 2022

Our Daniels Minecraft Program (Online) is back and better than ever! This program uses your participant’s love of Minecraft to explore the fundamentals of design and architecture while building teamwork and communication skills. This summer, we are offering THREE levels: Level 1 (Foundations), Level 2 (Cityscapes) and Level 3 (World Building and Game Design). 

Registration for this program is now open: Click here


Level 1: Foundations of Architecture
Level 1, the Foundations of Architecture course, uses Minecraft to introduce concepts of Architecture and Design for beginners. This course aims to familiarize campers with basic architectural terms for Minecraft beginners, through friendly and accessible content and activities.

Level 2: Cityscapes
Level 2 explores urban design and city planning! From the cities of antiquity, to drones and automated cars, Level 2 uses Minecraft to introduce urban planning, community building, city infrastructure, mapping and careers in architecture to consider how communities around the world build over time. With guest lecturers and digital field trips, participants will develop the fundamentals of visual thinking and problem solving while creating their own levels, worlds, games and elaborate environments in Minecraft.   

Level 3: World Building & Game Design
Level 3 uses the fundamentals of building and design to focus on large scale world building and storytelling through game design. Participants will work alongside their peers and employ narrative to develop interactive worlds and games. Our program allows participants to be online working on activities that are collaborative and creative. Level 2 uses storyboarding, set design and storytelling to develop and build parts of the Minecraft world in a team setting. 

In all levels, participants will play some classic Minecraft games liked bed wars, hunger games and spleef to learn about the gamification of the biomes with their teams. We will have 5 participants with 1 leader. Join our online Minecraft Program for a fun and creative experience! 



This online program is designed for all participants aged 8 to 14 (grades 3 to 8) who are interested in design, technology, art, science, and engineering. Ages will be grouped (8-10 and 11-14). Participants have more fun when they’re grouped with their friends so please let us know and we can match accordingly. 


What & Why?

Minecraft is not only a game but a powerful design tool. This program fosters design skills and collaboration with group work through both Minecraft and other digital platforms. 

The program will also includes guest visits, virtual field trips and special lectures. Students will leave the program with a certificate given to them during the graduation ceremony



This program is delivered online on our private Minecraft Server and through Zoom. Participants will need a Zoom account and Minecraft Java Edition account.

Computer Requirements 
To participate in our Minecraft Programming, you will need Zoom and the Minecraft Java Edition to access our Minecraft server. Participants will require a computer and access to wi-fi. We recommend that participants have a webcam and mouse but isn’t necessary. If you are need of hardware (laptop) please contact us.  

We will be using Zoom as our main platform. The platform allows us to be all together and work in our smaller groups of 5 participants. It is important for every participant to have access to a computer with relatively stable internet, and a microphone. Though a webcam is not strictly necessary, it will help to keep everyone engaged and see each other. 

To participate in our program, you will need the Java Edition of Minecraft. Other versions are not compatible with our server. 

Minecraft Server 
We will be running our program on U of T E-sports Minecraft server. 



The Daniels Minecraft Program will be streamed into three levels. 
Students will have some live instruction and some time to work individually and in teams.
Mentors will be monitoring and supporting students during their individual and team work. 

  • Level 1: Foundations of Architecture
  • Level 2: Cityscapes  
  • Level 3: World Building & Game Design

We will be offering our camp as 1-week full-day or 2-week half-day sessions.

Full-day sessions run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with a 1-hour lunch break at noon (12:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.).
We also have two fifteen minute breaks - one in the morning and one in the afternoon.

Full-Day Session 1: June 27 - June 30, 2022*
(*4-day session - no program on Canada Day)
Full-Day Session 2: July 4 - July 8, 2022
Full-Day Session 3: July 11 - July 15, 2022
Full-Day Session 4: July 18 - July 22, 2022
Full-Day Session 5: July 25 - July 29, 2022
Full-Day Session 6: August 2 - August 5, 2022*
(*4-day session - no program on Civic Holiday)
Full-Day Session 7: August 8 - August 12, 2022
Full-Day Session 8: August 15 - August 19, 2022

Half-Day (a.m.) sessions run from 9:00 a.m. to noon with a fifteen minute break.
Half-Day (p.m.) sessions run from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. with a fifteen minute break.

Half-Day Session 1: June 27 - July 8, 2022* 
(*9-day session - no program on Canada Day)
Half-Day Session 2: July 11 - July 22, 2022
Half-Day Session 3: July 25 - August 5, 2022*
(*9-day session - no program on Civic Holiday)
Half-Day Session 4: August 8 - August 19, 2022

Sample Full-Day Schedule
9:00 - 9:15 a.m. | Orientation + Introduction to Day 1 
9:15 - 9:30 a.m. | Icebreaker Activity 
9:30 - 10:30 a.m. | Presentation 1: Minecraft Fundamentals and Building Essentials 
10:30 - 10:45 a.m. | Bio-Break 
10:30 - 11:00 a.m. | Activity: Using Minecraft, build an object in your room 
11:00 - 12:00 p.m. | Assignment 1 Tutorial: Individual Build + Show and Tell 
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. | Lunch 
1:00 - 1:15 p.m. | Activity and minigame 
1:15 - 1:30 p.m. | Presentation 1: Medieval Architecture and Teamwork 
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. | Activity: Fort Building brainstorm 
2:30 - 2:45 p.m. | Bio-Break 
2:30 - 3:00 p.m. | Fort Building Activity 
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. | Activity and Minigame: TEAM Show and Tell and capture the flag 

Sample Half-Day Schedule  (1 p.m. - 4 p.m.) 
1:00 - 1:15 p.m. | Orientation + Introduction to Day 1 
1:15 - 1:30 p.m. | Icebreaker Activity 
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. | Presentation 1: Minecraft Fundamentals 
2:30 - 3:00 p.m. | Fort Building Activity 
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. | Assignment 1 Tutorial: Individual Build + Show and Tell 


Fees & Registration

$440 for a 1-week full-day program or 2-week half-day program (a.m. or p.m.)
$352 for the 4-day session in the full-day program or $396 for the 9-day session in the half-day program

Registration is now open: Click here to apply 

All fees include a $50 non-refundable administrative fee.

Discounts are available for U of T staff, faculty, students, and alumni.  
Email nene.brode@daniels.utoronto.ca for details. 

Cancellation Policy 

Registrants can cancel their application no later than June 1 and will receive a refund less a $50 cancellation fee per registrant per course/program cancelled. Refunds or credits are not available for any cancellation made after June 1 . This is necessary to ensure that our instructors can be hired and trained in time for program delivery and are treated fairly with confirmed contracts. 

Registrations received after June 1 are considered final. Refunds or credits are not available for registrations received after June 1.

Please see all our registration policies here



The Daniels Minecraft Program partners with two & student groups
UofT eSports and Applied Architecture, Landscape and Design Group (AALD).

AALD is a University of Toronto (John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture) student-based club that utilizes a distinctive hands-on approach to assist undergraduate student-learning through weekly software workshops and readily available academic assistance.

University of Toronto eSports is a collaboration of gaming clubs on campus. They aim to be an organization where all types of gamers can tune in to whats going on with eSports on campus.


Program Management

  Nene Brode is the Daniels Faculty's Manager, External Relations and Outreach. She rejoined the dean's office in September 2018. In 2016, she founded the V4Lab, a summer youth STEAM program. From working on the development of the Digital Media Experience Lab at Ryerson University, to showcasing the work of V4Lab participants at the Ontario Science Centre, Nene has been a connector and collaborator, fostering community engagement. Read More


  Aidan Cowling is a Toronto-based artist and educator. He holds a Master of Fine Art from the University of Guelph and Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto in Visual Studies and Art History. He has taught art and new media at various levels and and was nominated by his students for a teaching excellence award in 2018. His current research combines archival footage with new technologies and he is actively involved in the Daniels community. He is excited to bring his experiences working with youth and new media to the online Minecraft Program.




Thank you for your interest. If you have any questions about this program, please contact: 
Aidan Cowling (Coordinator of External Relations and Outreach) 


Virtual Open House

Want to learn more?

Watch our past open house to hear from our curriculum developers, instructors, and staff.


The Daniels Minecraft Camp provided learning and friendship during a summer of lockdown - Interview (Parent) 

Milena Kako, a behavioural therapist from Toronto, enrolled her two sons, 11-year-old Julian and 13-year-old Tristan, in the camp for four weeks. "I was working, and my husband works as well," she says. "We wanted the kids to be involved in something that would be fun, but also beneficial for them. We thought this camp would give them opportunities to interact with their peers. At the same time, they would be doing something that they enjoy a lot. Both of them love Minecraft." She noticed immediate benefits. "I found that they were able to connect with their peers quite well," she says. "The camp was set up in a way where interaction was stimulated and encouraged. There were a lot of collaborative games that were built into the different activities." For the kids, the camp was a welcome relief from the monotony of isolation. "The games and the building were really fun," Tristan says. "But one of my favourite parts was finally getting to interact with other kids after the long pandemic." The two brothers received expert Minecraft instruction from their councillors. After learning about different architectural styles, they began building a series of ancient-Greek-style temples that became more and more elaborate with each passing week. Now, with camp finished for the year, Tristan and Julian are continuing to experiment with Minecraft builds on their own. And they have remained friends with some of their fellow campers 

The Daniels Minecraft Camp provided learning and friendship during a summer of lockdown - Interview (Parent) 

For Anna Shternshis, a University of Toronto professor, the Daniels Minecraft Camp was a way to give her youngest son, eight-year-old Avi, some badly needed intellectual stimulation. "Avi spent a lot of April and May on his devices, playing different games," she says. "He got interested in Minecraft. It seemed like a good game, but I was thinking: he should be doing something useful with his brain." The camp helped turn Minecraft into an intellectual exercise. "They came up with a story," Anna says, "and they directed kids in thinking creatively about things they were building. They actually put thought into a curriculum. As an educator myself, I appreciated that very much." 

Testimonials from Survey 

“Thank you and our first ever experience this past summer was very fun and educational. My son continues to talk about it!” 

“The Minecraft summer camp was awesome!” 

“Thank you for the program. Our son really enjoyed it!” 

“My daughter LOVES this program” 


Q. I’ve never played Minecraft before, is this program for me? 
A: Yes! This program is for all levels of Minecraft users. If you’re a new to Minecraft, we recommend starting in Level 1.  Our camp leaders are Minecraft experts and are prepared to meet you at your level, teach you new skills, and show you all the new ways you can use Minecraft as a design tool! 

Q. What is the leader to participant ratio? 
A: Our ratio is 1 camp leader to 5 participants. At times the entire program congregates together on zoom but most often are in their smaller groups in a zoom breakout room. 

Q. Do I need a webcam for this program? 
A:  Though a webcam is not strictly necessary, it will help you be more engaged in our program. We recommend that participants have a webcam and mouse but isn’t necessary. It is important for every participant to have access to a computer with relatively stable internet, and a microphone.  

Q. What is the cancellation policy of this program? 
A: Registrants can cancel their application no later than June 1 and will receive a refund less a $50 cancellation fee per registrant per course/program cancelled. Refunds or credits are not available for any cancellation made after June 1 . This is necessary to ensure that our instructors can be hired and trained in time for program delivery and are treated fairly with confirmed contracts. Registrations received after June 1 are considered final. Refunds or credits are not available for registrations received after June 1 . Please see all our registration policies here. 

Q: Is the server safe? 
A: Our server is a closed server so only those signed up for our camp will be able to access the Daniels Minecraft Program.  

Q: How do I apply? 
A: You register and pay fees to guarantee your seat in the program. It is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. You can register here

Q: Is there a registration deadline? 
A: We will accept registrations up to one week prior to the start date of the program. If you wish to apply within one week of the program start date, please contact aidan.cowling@daniels.utoronto.ca.   

Q: What happens after I register? 
A: After you register and pay the fees, you will receive an automatic email from our registration software with a receipt. This guarantees your registration. One week prior to the program start date, you will receive an on-boarding email with detailed instructions.  

Q: Can I receive a certificate of completion? 
A: Yes, you may request a certificate of completion at the end of the course. 


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