3-Week 3D Animation Summer Camp for Teens

With the opportunity to write, direct, animate, and edit their own 3D animated short films, the 3-Week 3D Animation Summer Camp for Teens is a creative experience like no other.

3D animation is now the predominant artform in the animation industry, and the New York Film Academy’s hands-on intensive 3-Week 3D Animation Summer Camp gives campers a solid introduction to the tools they need to develop as animators. Campers get the opportunity to work with the industry standard Maya software, as well as developing their craft through Acting, Directing, Storyboarding, and Screenwriting.


The camp is designed for teens with little or no experience in animation. 3D animation requires a great degree of focus and discipline and a studio art background or digital illustration experience is helpful.


Over the camp’s three weeks, students learn the fundamentals of animation (i.e. movement, timing, weight, character development, etc.) using the Maya software, the standard for professional animators. Campers work in a typical pipeline, progressing from basic modeling, rendering, and motion exercises to create their own animated short. In addition, they learn to develop their own ideas using classical storytelling methods, including screenwriting (for linear story), storyboarding (the relationship between story and action), and directing (the power of scene composition and camera POV).

3D and Animation Topics

Campers in the 3-Week 3D Animation Summer Camp for Teens will study the following 3D topics:

A) Modeling: Building objects and creatures from primitive shapes, polygonal modeling, and/or sculpting with curves and points
B) Motion: Animating the objects and creatures you model using key frames, path and shape animation, simulation, deformation, and f-curves
C) Character construction: Creating skeletons, attaching skins, weighting envelopes, and inverse kinematics
D) Color and texture: Creating, importing, and applying multiple textures to objects/creatures; defining color, reflectivity, and transparency
E) Rendering: Lights, camera, compiling movies, adding sound

In addition, students can also expect to study and apply the following animation topics.

• Weight and secondary action
• Squash and stretch
• Rubber hose, full, and limited animation
• Character design
• Exaggeration vs. subtlety
• Sound effects and music
• Sound-image relationship

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 3-Week 3D Animation Summer Camp.

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

Teen Animation Camps


Tuition & Fees: $4,140

Room and Board is Additional
Housing: Click here for availabilities.

Start Dates for Available Locations:
• Harvard University

Jun 25, 2017 – Jul 15, 2017
Jul 16, 2017 – Aug 5, 2017

Teen Camp Locations


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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