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DMA Studios: Animated Short Film Production

Teen Two-Week Camp  Ages 14+

Become a Real Animator for a Short Film

Have you ever wanted to step into the shoes of an animator? Bring characters to life and tell a story? Experience the fun and exciting mayhem of creating an animated short film in an environment simulating what it’s like to work at a professional animation studio. Get the training, insight, and support structure to begin or enhance a career or hobby in 3D animation and storytelling. Students will work in teams to ideate, plan, and produce an animated short – learning the entire process of animated film production from budgeting to storyboarding to modeling and production.

Staff Ratio: 10:1
Hardware + Software:
Autodesk Maya, Autodesk Mudbox, Substance Painter 2, Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Photoshop

Ages: Students 14+
Hours: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Program: Teen Studios (Two-Weeks)

Staff Ratio: 10:1
Ages: Students 14+
Hours: Full Day, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Program: Teen Studios (2 Weeks)
Hardware + Software: Autodesk Maya, Autodesk Mudbox, Substance Painter 2, Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Photoshop



Some prior experience with 3D modeling recommended. Students are required to bring headphones. DMA is not responsible for any damaged or stolen items.

Course Information

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

What Students Learn

• Basics of modeling, texturing, animation and rendering.
• 
The process of pre-production, planning, and storyboarding.
• 
Valuable experience and insight by working collaboratively.
• How to produce your own short film.

What Students Create

• An original short animated film, composed of your own story, models, and characters.

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. These courses are perfect for students interested in art and creative storytelling, as well as those looking for product design and engineering training.

The Studios Experience: The Studios experience is designed to take students’ knowledge and passion for creation and technology to the next level. Through this uniquely designed two-week Studios experience – students are given the opportunity to create professional-level work in a simulated, professional studio environment. Students will be led by experienced animators and inspired by industry professionals.

Our 3D Modeling + Design camps prepare students with the skills they will need working in a professional 3D modeling, animation, and design environment. These courses are perfect for students interested in art and creative storytelling, as well as those looking for product design and engineering training.

What Students Learn

• Basics of modeling, texturing, animation and rendering.
• 
The process of pre-production, planning, and storyboarding.
• 
Valuable experience and insight by working collaboratively.
• How to produce your own short film.

What Students Create

• An original short animated film, composed of your own story, models, and characters.

The Studios Experience

The Studios experience is designed to take students’ knowledge and passion for creation and technology to the next level. Through this uniquely designed two-week Studios experience – students are given the opportunity to create professional-level work in a simulated, professional studio environment. Students will be led by experienced animators and inspired by industry professionals.

What Students Learn

• Basics of modeling, texturing, animation and rendering.
• 
The process of pre-production, planning, and storyboarding.
• 
Valuable experience and insight by working collaboratively.
• How to produce your own short film.

What Students Create

• An original short animated film, composed of your own story, models, and characters.

The Studios Experience

The Studios experience is designed to take students’ knowledge and passion for creation and technology to the next level. Through this uniquely designed two-week Studios experience – students are given the opportunity to create professional-level work in a simulated, professional studio environment. Students will be led by experienced animators and inspired by industry professionals.

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Camp Overview + Schedule

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

Daily Schedule

8:00 am Check-in + Drop-Off
9:00 am Hands-on Tech Instruction
10:30 am Morning Break
11:00 am Continued Instruction + Creation
12:00 pm Lunch Break
1:00 pm Back to the Classroom
2:30 pm Afternoon Break
3:00 pm Continued Classroom Time
5:00 pm Pick-up

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 Open House

Every Friday at 3:00 PM, parents are invited to our Open House! We open up our classrooms so students can show off the projects they have been working on all week. Meet your child’s instructor and explore more opportunities for them to continue learning and creating. Open House is typically finished by 4:00 PM.

 

Daily Schedule

8:00 am Check-in + Drop-Off
9:00 am Hands-on Tech Instruction
10:30 am Morning Break
11:00 am Continued Instruction
12:00 pm Lunch Break
1:00 pm Back to the Classroom
2:30 pm Afternoon Break
3:00 pm Continued Classroom Time
5:00 pm Pick-up

 

 Tuition Includes

Digital Media Academy camp t-shirt
Feedback + Project Achievement Report
Certificate of Completion
Google Apps email account + cloud storage
Personal Apple workstation for camp
 Low staff to student ratios

Friday Open House

Every Friday at 3:00 PM, parents are invited to our Open House! We open up our classrooms so students can show off the projects they have been working on all week. Meet your child’s instructor and explore more opportunities for them to continue learning and creating. Open House is typically finished by 4:00 PM.

Daily Schedule

8:00 am Check-in + Drop-Off
9:00 am Hands-on Tech Instruction
10:30 am Morning Break
11:00 am Continued Instruction + Creation
12:00 pm Lunch Break
1:00 pm Back to the Classroom
2:30 pm Afternoon Break
3:00 pm Continued Classroom Time
5:00 pm Pick-up

 

Tuition Includes

Digital Media Academy camp t-shirt
Feedback + Project Achievement Report
Certificate of Completion
Google Apps email account + cloud storage
Personal Apple workstation for camp
 Low staff to student ratios

Friday Open House

Every Friday at 3:00 PM, parents are invited to our Open House! We open up our classrooms so students can show off the projects they have been working on all week. Meet your child’s instructor and explore more opportunities for them to continue learning and creating. Open House is typically finished by 4:00 PM.

 

Camp Upgrades

Get the most out of your summer with DMA 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 $75/week at select locations.

Overnight Housing

Stay in the dorms and eat on-campus, Sunday through Friday. Overnight Housing is $695/week where available.

Weekend Stay

Add Weekend Stay and enjoy extra activities and day trips around the area. Weekend Stay is $395/weekend at select locations.

DMA Online

Start learning now and get ready for camp when you register for an online course! DMA Online is $95 per course.

What Students Are Saying

“DMA taught me the essential skills I needed to create my own 3D models.”

Brendan S.
3D Modeling with Maya

The DMA Promise

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is any kind of artistic knowledge or experience required for this course?

Some prior 3D animation and/or Autodesk Maya experience is recommended.

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