Summer Academy Camps

3D Animation

As the success of such series as Toy Story and Shrek show, 3D computer animation has become the standard in both the film and video game industries. This course will provide you with some hands-on experience in this exciting art form. You'll learn basic modeling and animation techniques with Autodesk's Maya software, which is used in a number of professional studios around the world. By the end of this course, you'll have experience creating your own art, manipulating images and graphics, and creating animations. You'll leave with a copy of your own animation projects to take home or share online. Open to students ages 13-17. 

Course Information

Course Number:


Course Date Info:

Dates TBA
Day and Overnight Camp Options Available
Extended care 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 their assigned residence hall on Sunday evening and check out on Saturday morning. Day students will check in at the Georgia Center on Monday morning between 8-8:30am. Students will travel by foot or bus to get to their on-campus classroom and other activities, and by university vehicle for any off-campus field trips. More details will be available in your confirmation email and in the welcome email sent out three weeks before camp begins. 


Day Camp - $370

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

Overnight Camp - $770

Partial financial assistance may be available for students who need it. If you have any questions about the process, please call us at 706-542-3537 or email us at questions [at] georgiacenter [dot] uga [dot] edu.


Caity Johnson is a second year graduate student in the Dramatic Media MFA program at UGA. Her animation work has most recently been seen on stage in the University of Georgia's production of Macbeth last spring, as well as in animation competitions and other events. She has worked as a performer, a scenic artist, and a playwright. This is her second year as a Summer Academy instructor. 

Michael J. Meindl earned his M.A. in Theatre Arts from Oklahoma State University (OSU) and his M.F.A. in Dramatic Media at the University of Georgia (UGA). He has taught a number of theatre and film courses at UGA and OSU and is currently a digital media artist and a film and media instructor at Montclair State University in New Jersey. Over the past year he has worked closely with the New York Public Library 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 in NYC 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 third 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.