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3D Character Animation with Maya

One-Week Course | Ages 12-18

3D Character Animation with Maya

One-Week Course | Ages 12-18

Animate Your Own 3D Characters

Develop an understanding of the storytelling and character animation process with the industry-standard 3D software, Autodesk Maya. Students will 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.

Building on existing knowledge of the basics of 3D modeling students will take their design skills from modeling into animation just like the pros. By the end of the week students will have an understanding of keyframing, facial expressions, character poses, object modeling and the pre-production process.

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

Ages: Students 12-18
Hours: 8:30AM – 5:00PM

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

Ages: Students 12-18
Hours: 8:30AM – 5:00PM

Course Information

Get ready for a fun and impactful educational experience through project-based learning

What Students Learn

  • How to use Maya as a tool for animation
  • Keyframes and interpolations in Maya’s graph editor
  • The digital puppets known as character rigs
  • The process of planning for and executing an animation

What Students Create

  • 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
  • An animated shot using professional level character rigs
  • A demo reel showcasing their work

About 3D Modeling Courses

Our 3D Modeling + Design courses 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, allowing students to get real hands-on experience in the production process of an animated film. Learn the tools and workflows that professional animators use and develop your own short animated sequence.  Explore more design and animation courses.

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.

Learn More About This Course

Learn more about 3D Character Animation with Maya 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. Do you have additional questions about selecting the perfect course? Contact our friendly Academic Advisors.

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If camp is canceled due to COVID-19 you’ll receive full credit for Summer 2021. Terms.
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Frequently Asked Questions

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

No. No prior artistic knowledge or animation experience is required. This is an introductory course.

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 is the place where you can make mind-blowing models in Autodesk Maya!”

Ben G.

3D Character Animation with Maya

Why Digital Media Academy?

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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.