3D Animation


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With animated movies like Frozen breaking box office records and video games continuously increasing in popularity, it’s no wonder that students want to explore the exciting world of 3D animation! In this introductory camp, you will get hands-on experience with Autodesk's Maya software, which is used in a number of professional studios around the world. You’ll learn basic modeling and animation techniques, and gain experience creating your own art, manipulating images and graphics, and creating movement. Students who bring a mobile storage device can leave with their work; others will be provided with access to a downloadable version after camp ends, so they can share their work with family and friends.

Ages: 13-17

Course Number:


Course Date:
Monday, June 27, 2016 to Friday, July 1, 2016
Course Date Info:

Day and Overnight Options Available
Extended Day (Pool) available until 5:30pm
Overnight students check-in on Sunday night at residence hall

Georgia Center for Continuing Education
1197 South Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA 30602
United States
Location Info:

Overnight students will check in at the residence hall on Sunday evening and check out on Saturday morning. Day students will check in on Monday morning between 8-8:30am. Classrooms are located around campus, and students may travel by foot, bus or university vehicle to get to classrooms or other camp activities. More details will be available in your confirmation email and in the welcome email sent out three weeks before camp begins.


Day Camp - $370

  • Optional Extended Day at Legion Pool until 5:30pm - $35

Overnight Camp - $820

Some basic computer knowledge is required, but this course is designed for students with little to no experience in digital animation.


Michael J. Meindl earned his M.F.A. in Dramatic Media at the University of Georgia (UGA) and also holds an M.A. in Theatre Studies from Oklahoma State University (OSU) and a B.A. in Theatre Studies from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. He currently teaches film and television courses at Iona College (NY), Ramapo College of New Jersey, Montclair State University (NJ), and Norwalk Community College (CT). He also acts as a freelance digital media artist in the greater New York City area. He has worked closely with the New York Public Library and the Carnegie Corporation of New York as a videographer filming a number of special events, including a special commission for the United States Congress. He has also launched a documentary project, which focuses on puppetry and diversity and features a number of artists who have worked with the Muppets and Sesame Street. Michael has edited and directed several short films, has worked on professional film and television sets, and has directed and appeared in numerous theatrical productions. He directed a short play he wrote called Death to Life! that featured a puppet and animated character and served as a motion-capture technician and clean-up artist for the Great American Manhunt series on the National Geographic Channel. This is Michael’s fifth year as a Summer Academy instructor.

Samantha Hudson is a current M.F.A. student in Dramatic Media at the University of Georgia (UGA) and her undergraduate studies include a B.S. in Biology with coursework in Scientific Illustration. Some of her artwork in Scientific Illustration is included in the exhibit, “John Abbot: Early Naturalist Artist,” on display April 14th - August 31st 2016 at the UGA Special Collections Library. Her work as an M.F.A. student is focused on visual storytelling using 2d and 3D computer animation. In 2015 she created animated interactive scenery for the UGA Children’s Theatre Troupe’s Experience UGA performance. This is Samantha’s first year as a Summer Academy instructor.

What you need for camp/program: 

A detailed list of supplies needed for your camp program will be emailed to you three weeks before camp begins.