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3D Modeling & Animation Academy

Teen Two-Week Camp | Ages 12-17

3D Modeling & Animation Academy

Teen Two-Week Camp | Ages 12-17

Model and Animate a 3D Character

Learn all about how to create 3D models and sculpt characters as we explore complex modeling techniques and animate our characters in original short sequences.

Week 1, 3D Modeling with Maya You’ll learn valuable workflows that pros use and create and sculpt 3D models. We’ll teach you the fundamentals of character design and rigging before you create your own original 3D props, set pieces, and characters.

Week 2, Character Animation with MayaUsing Autodesk Maya, you’ll learn how to bring characters to life, using lighting, settings, and camera angles. We’ll teach you a workflow that will take pre-rigged models and animate them in an original short sequence that tells a story.

Staff Ratio: 12:1
Hardware + Software: Autodesk Maya, Autodesk Mudbox

Ages: Students 12-17
Hours: 9:00AM – 5:00PM
Program: Level 3 (Two-Week)

Staff Ratio: 12:1
Hardware + Software: Autodesk Maya, Autodesk Mudbox

Ages: Students 12-17
Hours: 9:00AM – 5:00PM
Program: Level 3 (Two-Week)

Skill: Beginning – Advanced: Good for students at all experience levels

Autodesk Maya is free for educational use. Download Autodesk Maya here →

Course Information

Get ready for a fun and meaningful camp experience through project-based learning

What Students Learn

  • How to use 3D Modeling programs such as Maya and Mudbox
  • Creating 3D models, both organic and inorganic
  • Lighting and Rendering a scene
  • How to use Maya as a tool for animation
  • Keyframes and interpolations in Maya’s Graph Editor
  • Using Character Rigs

What Students Create

  • A wide variety of 3D Objects in Maya and Mudbox
  • Simple models made of Polygon Primitives and advanced models using box modeling techniques
  • Sculptures of characters or creatures using Mudbox’s toolset
  • Several animations of a bouncing ball to display mastery of keyframes, weight, and timing
  • Images of characters in expressive poses, displaying subtle control of the complex character rigs

More About This Course

Our 3D Modeling + Design camps prepare students with the skills they will need working in a professional 3D modeling, animation, and design environment. The 3D Modeling & Animation Academy is the perfect choice for a student looking to dive-in into creating and animating 3D models. You’ll learn how to use Autodesk Maya to model your own character in the first week and animate pre-rigged characters into a short sequence the next.

The Teen Experience: Since 2002, Digital Media Academy has been encouraging and inspiring teens to become the next generation of developers, animators, filmmakers, photographers, designers, and engineers. In addition to developing teens’ interests and passions for the latest in new tech, our camps foster personal growth, confidence, and independence; preparing students for life beyond high school and college.

Download the Course Syllabus

Get to know 3D Modeling & Animation Academy even better by taking an in-depth look at the syllabus for this course.

Our project-based approach to learning sparks curiosity, builds confidence, and fosters teamwork as students seek solutions to real-world problems. Have additional questions about selecting the perfect course? Contact us

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do the Academy courses differ from the week-long camps?

The Academy courses are two weeks long and allow you to “take a deeper dive,” into your chosen subject. In addition to creating unique projects, Academy students build digital portfolios of the work they completed during their two-week program. Our Academies provide an immersive, pre-college and career experience that allows students more time to build a mentorship with instructors and friendships with other campers.

Camp Overview + Schedule

Take a look at your camp schedule, learn more about tuition and explore add-ons.

Check-in and drop off
Hands-on STEM Instruction
Morning Break
Continued Instruction + Creation
Lunch Break
Back to the Classroom
Afternoon Break
Continued Classroom Time
Pick-up Begins

Tuition Includes

  Digital Media Academy camp t-shirt

  Personalized feedback + Project Achievement Report

  Certificate of Completion

  Google Apps email account + unlimited cloud storage

  Low staff to student ratios

  Alumni Club Membership

Friday Showcase

At the end of each week, attendees can invite their family and friends to join us for a showcase celebration to share their final projects. Learn more about the fun and exciting activities your child experienced during the week and have an opportunity to meet your child’s instructor. Presentations vary by course topic and instructors will highlight some of the important concepts covered during the week and possible next steps to continue your child’s learning. Arrive early as showcase begins at 3:00 and is typically finished by 4:00.

Camp Upgrades

Get the most out of your summer with Digital Media Academy when you add any or all of the following:

Lunch Plan

Get lunch on campus so you don’t have to pack your own. Lunch Plans start at $68/week at select locations.

Overnight Housing

Stay in the dorms and eat on-campus, Sunday through Friday. Overnight Housing starts at $675/week where available.

Weekend Stay

Add Weekend Stay and enjoy extra activities and day trips around the area. Weekend Stay starts at $405/weekend at select locations.

“DMA is the place where your dreams come true… in a computer!”

Ben G.

3D Modeling & Animation Academy

Why Digital Media Academy?

You can count on us to deliver on all the things that truly matter. We pinky swear.

Top-Notch Staff

Educators, artists, and talented industry professionals with a passion for STEM education.

Well-Balanced Experience

Our students enjoy a balanced camp day with both in-class lessons and outdoor activities.

Project-Based Learning

Our curriculum sparks curiosity, builds confidence, and fosters teamwork and collaboration.

Safety Matters

Our staff is First-Aid + CPR certified and have completed national background checks.

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