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Studios: 3D Animated Short Film Production

Teen Two-Week Studio | Ages 14-17

Studio: 3D Animated Short Film Production

Teen Two-Week Studio | Ages 14-17

Become a Real Animator for a Short Film

This course introduces students to a professional studio experience where their goal is to create a 3D animated short film from scratch using Autodesk Maya. We will guide students through the process of developing workflow and utilizing the advanced tools in this powerful application, teaching them modeling, texturing, surfacing, lighting, animation, rendering and more.

This course is a two-week intensive experience designed for students comfortable with 3D modeling and animation who are looking for a real-world experience of working in a 3D film studio like Pixar. Students will be responsible for all aspects of production, from developing their own original story, creating storyboards and concept art to finalizing textures, animation, character models, and lighting in a complete short film.

Staff Ratio: 10:1
Hardware + Software: AutoDesk Maya, Mudbox, Photoshop, After Effects, Wacom Tablets

Ages: Students 14-17
Hours: 9:00AM – 4:30PM

Staff Ratio: 10:1
Hardware + Software: AutoDesk Maya, Mudbox, Photoshop, After Effects, Wacom Tablets

Ages: Students 14-17
Hours: 9:00AM – 4:30PM

Experience with 3D software is recommended, but not required. If you are an experienced 2D artist without 3D experience, you may not have the opportunity to sculpt models(characters/props/environments) but will have an opportunity to learn how to animate the character. Students are required to bring headphones. Digital Media Academy 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

  • The process involved in creating an animated film
  • How to manage their time in order to be more creative and productive
  • How to collaborate with other artists
  • The process of organizing and the structure of how an animated film is made

What Students Create

  • One minute original animated short film
  • Storyboards
  • Character & Set Designs
  • Animatic
  • Character Models

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.

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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.

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
Pick-up Ends
Extended Day Begins

Tuition Includes

  Personalized Feedback + Student Achievement Report

  Diploma or Certificate of Completion

  Full Adobe Creative Cloud license for up to 12 months

  Unlimited Google Apps and Email Account

  Low staff to student ratios

  Take home select technology hardware

  Alumni Club Benefits

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.


Reserving your student’s space today is hassle-free. If plans change you have until February 2020 to receive a full refund!



Camp Upgrades

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

Lunch Plan

Make things easy and get lunch on campus so you don’t have to pack your own. Lunch Plans start at $95/week at select locations.

Overnight Housing

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

Extended Day

Our flexible Extended Day option allows families to pick-up students as late as 6:00 PM from Monday to Thursday at all locations.

Weekend Stay

Add Weekend Stay and enjoy extra activities and day trips around the area. Weekend Stay starts at $380/weekend at select locations.

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

Brendan S.

3D Modeling with Maya

Why Digital Media Academy?

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

Passionate Staff

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

A 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, while fostering teamwork and collaboration.

Safety Matters

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