Maya® Essentials:
Modeling, Texturing & Lighting

1 week • 9am – 5pm
Pros • Ages 14+
Beg – Adv
Pro Series Experience

Professional 3D Modeling & Animation Tools

Maya® is the choice of professional game developers, filmmakers and artists.

Model, Light
and Render
3D Models

Discover how to produce professional-quality CGI for film or video games.

Learn Expert Techniques Through Hands-on Instruction

Get essential Maya® skill sets through interactive instruction and hands-on learning.

Course Overview

Discover CGI (computer-generated imagery) production: 3D modeling, materials assembly, lighting and rendering. Get a comprehensive overview of Autodesk® Maya® and learn how to produce CGI for the film and video-game industry. You’ll get both theory and best practices as you create polygonal models and learn how to light and render them.

Course Details

  • Age: 14 & Up
  • Skill Level: Beginner – Advanced
  • No previous art or 3D modeling experience required
  • Software: Autodesk® Maya®

What You’ll Learn

  • How to use Autodesk® Maya®
  • CGI production and efficient workflow
  • Polygonal modeling tools (extrusions, cut faces tool, interactive split tool & more)
  • Basic NURBS modeling techniques for representing curves and surfaces
  • UV layout
  • Lighting a model and using basic rendering techniques

What You’ll Create

  • 3D CGI models

Skills and Experience


Real-World Skills

  • 3D modeling and computer imaging
  • UV layout

Personal Development

  • Project planning and development
  • Creative problem solving

Instruction & Staff


DMA Pro Series instructors are technology experts or industry professionals who have a passion for inspiring, teaching and mentoring. Our average student-to-staff ratio for Pro Series courses is 7:1 and in some cases, this ratio is even lower. This allows for lots of one-on-one instructional time, which directly promotes a stimulating and successful class experience for each student.


DMA Pro Series courses provide hands-on, project-based learning designed to spark curiosity, confidence and collaboration. DMA’s immersive courses bring like-minded students together to inspire one another, and confidence soars when students gain knowledge, skills, critical-thinking abilities and hands-on experience.

“DMA provides students with a great environment
to learn new skills.”

Keldon D., Maya student

Sample Day

Time Activity
8:00 am Arrival & Check-In (8:00 am Arrival Monday Only, Remaining Week 9:00 am)
9:00 am Hands-on Instruction
10:30 am Break
11:00 am Hands-on Instruction
12:00 pm Enjoy Lunch (Meal Provided with Lunch Plan)
1:00 pm Hands-on Instruction
2:30 pm Break
3:00 pm Hands-on Instruction
5:00 pm Day Ends


Is any previous experience required?

No. This is a course for introductory to advanced students, but no matter their skill level, students will leave with some great experience and a broader skill set. DMA instructors take special care to ensure that all students are equally challenged and thoroughly understand not just the “hows” of 3D, but the “whys,” as well. You’ll leave with a solid understanding of the software and techniques.

What kind of access do students have to the Maya® software after the course?

Students can sign up for a free 3-year educational license from Autodesk®. Visit Autodesk’s website for more information.

This course covers animation and modeling for film, animation and video games. Are the skills really the same?
Yes, from a foundational standpoint. While advanced production can be very different between these three fields, the fundamentals of 3D modeling remain the same, regardless of the industry. Students leave the class with a solid understanding of how to use Maya® and basic modeling best practices and techniques.
How do I proceed with the registration?
Registration can be completed online through our website from start to finish. You will be asked to create an account with your information and/or your child’s before processing a payment and finalizing your selection. Registration can also be completed by calling 866-656-3342 and speaking with a Guest Service Representative.
Why are some of your camps more expensive than others?
Our camp prices are determined by age range. The different categories are Junior Adventures for ages 6-8, Adventures for ages 8-12, Teen for ages 12-17, and Pro for ages 14 and up.

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