Kids 3D Animation Summer Camp

In this hands-on 3D Animation Summer Camp for Kids, kids are introduced to the art of character animation. In Week 1, we cover Disney’s 12 principles of animation and how they apply to today’s computer animation. Campers learn to use 3D Maya—industry standard software for modeling and animation—applying these same principles to their own work. Campers are instructed in classic animation exercises, such as pitching a ball and swinging a hammer to learn squash and stretch, weight and muscle tension, overlapping action, anticipation, and follow-through.

In Week 2, campers are introduced to the storytelling segment of the animation pipeline. Each camper gets to write, direct, and animate their own short using our pre-rigged character models and sets. This allows them to focus on the creative aspects of story development, and on applying their new animation skills. At the close of the second week, each camper will take home a copy of their animated short to show friends and family.


• 12 Principles of Animation
• Walk Cycles
• Acting for Animators
• Giving Weight and Muscle to a Character’s Movement
• Timing and Spacing
• Key Frames
• Graph Editor


• Intro to Storytelling
• Creating Reference Footage
• Using Reference Footage
• Basic Rendering
• Basic Editing

Upon the successful completion of the camp, students will receive a New York Film Academy certificate and a copy of their work.

Click here to learn more about the 3D Animation Summer Camp for Kids.

Please note that dates, prices, and curriculum are subject to change.


All programs and workshops are solely owned and operated by the New York Film Academy and are not affiliated with Universal Studios, Harvard University, or Walt Disney World® Resort.
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