3D Modeling & Animation Courses at iD Game Design & Development Academy

Ages: 13-18 (Must turn 13 by 12-31-14)
Duration: 2-week long Sleep Away Camps (weekends optional)
Skill Level: Beginner – Advanced
Ratio Guarantee: 8 Students per Instructor


Autodesk® Maya® | Autodesk® Mudbox® | Wacom® Pen Tablets


Create stunning, high-resolution 3D game environments, characters, vehicles and weapons using Autodesk® Maya®, the industry-standard application used by top game development and film studios. Digitally sculpt details into your models using Autodesk® Mudbox® for added realism. You’ll also learn the foundation of character rigging and how to make a character walk and jump. Learn what the pros use. Build a portfolio to take home.

Autodesk® tools are used to develop 90% of contemporary video games and provide one of the leading effects packages used in The Lord of the Rings, Spider-Man, Star Wars, and other blockbuster films. Autodesk® Maya® is the industry standard for premium game development and is used by the iD Game Design & Development Academy for modeling and animating 3D characters. This 3D modeling, animation, rendering and visual effects software offers artists an end-to-end creative workflow. It combines sets, advanced matchmoving capabilities and high dynamic range compositing into a single powerful, integrated 3D modeling, animation, effects and rendering solution. In this 2-week summer course for teens, you will create stunning, high-resolution 3D game characters and weapons. You will learn how to make models and game characters that go toe-to-toe with those you find in your favorite video games, as well as basic character animation.


You can expect roughly 6-7 hours a day of class instruction, with plenty of time for campus excursions, socializing, outdoor activities, video game tournaments, and more. Parents want peace-of-mind and student supervision—teens want a taste of independence. At iD, we work hard to provide the right balance. We hope to make your experience valuable and memorable.

Images from Autodesk® Maya®. ©2013-2014 Autodesk, Inc. All rights reserved.



This 3D modeling course is for ages 13-18 (Min Age: Must be 13 by 12-31-13).

There are no prerequisites for this teen game modeling camp, except for the desire to learn the premiere modeling and animation tool on the market.

Our ever-evolving curriculum is designed for beginner through advanced learners, allowing students to move along at their own pace with customized lessons for a fun and appropriate challenge. Instructors work closely with students and adjust the curriculum to fit their progress and their project goals.



  • 3D modeling
  • 3D animation
  • Visual and particle effects
  • Overview of rigging
  • Character design
  • Creating textures



  • Autodesk® Maya®
  • Adobe® Photoshop®



  • Creativity
  • Problem-solving


This Autodesk® Maya® summer camp is a great step if you are considering studying game design in college or want to explore a potential career direction. Learn the basics of 3D graphics production, character modeling, texturing and animation from top tier instructors with game development experience. A selection of game models will be created, including a primary character, weapon and additional game objects.

Feel free to call us at 1-888-709-TECH (8324) so that we can make personal recommendations, should you need assistance.



We guarantee small class sizes, with a maximum of 8 students per instructor. At iD, our teaching philosophy is premised on personalization—your path, at your pace. Passionate, adult-only instructors guide you through customized curriculum with one-on-one teaching. The immersive environment is ideal for fostering creativity and allowing you to reach your learning potential. Read more about our 8:1 iD Guarantee.


Our 2-week courses at the Academy provide you with the right amount of time to get comfortable in your field of study and put your knowledge to use with hands-on projects. You’ll have ample time to work on your online portfolio, enjoy excursions and tours of nearby facilities, relax with late-night gaming tournaments, and explore campus (Weekend Stays optional).

Week One: Focus on 3D modeling, emphasizing proper construction techniques for in-game art and well designed characters. After an introduction to working in 3D space and the Maya® user interface/tool set, use shortcut keys and begin building with primitive shapes. Box modeling and NURBS vs. Polygon modeling will be covered. Texturing in Adobe®Photoshop®, importing textures, working with UV layouts and applying shaders will allow you to “skin” your models. You will be well on your way to modeling a primary game vehicle and weapon by the end of the first week.

Week Two: Learn basic 3D sculpting and painting with Autodesk® Mudbox™. Explore the animation and rigging aspects of Autodesk® Maya® and MotionBuilder®. With simple rigging, you will dive into keyframe animation, allowing for dynamic movement. Learn basic character movements such as walking or jumping, as well as camera movement. Finish your academy session with a portfolio of original game models and animations.


Our entire staff is comprised of adults ages 18 and over. We do not hire Counselors-in-Training (CITs) at our summer technology camps. We believe you learn best from adults who have mastered their technology skills. Some of our instructors are tech industry professionals. Others are graduate and undergraduate students majoring in the fields of Computer Science, Computer Engineering, App Design, Film, and other related fields. We’re extremely selective when it comes to our summer staff.



Ages: 13-18
Check-In: 5PM-6PM Sun
Pick-Up: 3PM-5PM Fri (varies by site)
Tuition: $3,699-$3,899 (per 2-week session)
Meals: Included

For beginner to advanced students, we offer intensive, pre-college courses in game design, game programming, level design, and 3D modeling & animation. Programs are held at top academic institutions. Academy sessions are two weeks in length and are all-inclusive of meals, housing, instruction, and supervision.

Program availability varies by location—please check your site of choice for specific course offerings.

Please note: A minimum deposit of US $500 is required at the time of registration.



Ages: 13-18
Cost: $369 (per weekend, optional)
Meals: Included

Academy sessions are two weeks in length and are all-inclusive of meals, housing, instruction, and supervision. We invite you to stay the weekend BETWEEN the two weeks—most students elect to stay. Room, board, activities, excursions, and supervision are included over the weekend. You’re also welcome to stay the weekend AFTER your 2-week program.

Please note: Program availability varies by location—please check your site of choice for specific course offerings.


Ages: 13-18
Cost: $198 (per 2-week session, optional)
Issued By: Stanford Continuing Studies

Gain a competitive edge for college—Accredited Continuing Education Units are available for purchase upon registration.


Ages: All ages
Cost: $179 (per year, optional)

Build your STEM skills year-round with our online subscription service. Learn from tech tutorials, compete in gaming tournaments, and stay connected through community forums. Tech Rocket is the perfect add-on to iD Game Design & Development Academy.


  • Custom iD t-shirt
  • iD Diploma with instructor insights
  • 8:1 student to instructor ratio guarantee 
  • Final project portfolio with pen drive
  • Access to online curriculum after camp
  • Campus tours (most locations)
  • Studio tours (most locations)
  • Outdoor activities
  • Gaming tournaments 
  • Software savings (most courses)
  • New skills and self-confidence



Teens experience independent college life in a supervised environment. This pre-college program is overnight-only, so teens stay in real college dorms, eat in dining halls and get a feel for daily life on campus. Choose the recommended Weekend Stays option to have even more time to explore campus and local attractions.


Establishing a portfolio sets our participants apart from their peers on college and internship applications. Finished portfolios include a bio page and samples of completed projects.


Build up your resume for college by earning Continuing Education Units. Receive an official transcript from Stanford Continuing Studies (available for purchase at all Academy locations). CEU Credits demonstrate that students have completed course content of college-level difficulty.


Game on! Expect late-night NVIDIA®-powered gaming tournaments with Team Fortress® 2. Other games available for recreational gameplay include Portal™ 2, Counter-Strike®, Half-Life® 2, Left 4 Dead™ 2, and more. Gaming tournaments do not infringe on instructional time.


Get a feel for future career options and meet industry professionals. Depending on session location and availability, students tour big-name studios like Hi-Rez Studios, Turbine, Inc., Electronic Arts, CipherPrime and more.




“This is my son’s 3rd year with iD Tech Camps. He has finally found a camp where he fits in and and is doing something that gets him excited. He will definitely be back for another session next year.” -Jane W., Parent, 3D Modeling & Animation with Autodesk® Maya®

“Outstanding experience for my son. I’m truly impressed with the involvement and the educational experience about something my son loves. Thank you for this opportunity.” -Tiffeni M., Parent, 3D Modeling & Animation with Autodesk® Maya®

“Our son really enjoyed modeling; this was his fourth summer at iD Tech Camps, taking different classes each time, and he is still learning new things.” -David S., Parent, 3D Modeling & Animation with Autodesk® Maya®

“Thank you for the encouragement to continue on the path my son wishes to follow for his future career. I also appreciate the discussions he had with the staff in regards to colleges to look at and how to work towards getting into them.” -Rebecca R., Parent, 3D Modeling & Animation with Autodesk® Maya®

“My son had a great time. Thanks for the great experience. This definitely helped in him trying to figure out what he wanted to do in the future.” -Pete D., Parent, 3D Modeling & Animation with Autodesk® Maya®


This was an awesome course in which I learned a lot but also had a great time. The instructors were both very energetic and knowledgeable throughout the 2 weeks. They offered great personal help to everyone. I would recommend this course to anyone somewhat interested in the field of 3D modeling.” -Alex H., Student, 3D Modeling & Animation with Autodesk® Maya®

“My instructors were great and inspiring teachers. They helped me when I was behind, and with their help, I created a pretty nice character.” -Oliver M., Student, 3D Modeling & Animation with Autodesk® Maya®

“This camp was epic, brilliant, and just plain awesome. I made friends, learned a lot about 3D modeling (which I’m now considering as a career possibility) and had an overall great time. Thanks a bunch to all the instructors for making the iD Gaming Academy one of the highlights of my summer!” -Samantha G., Student, 3D Modeling & Animation with Autodesk® Maya®

“iD Gaming Academy is one of the best programs I have been to. The experiences I have been through were outstanding and will prove helpful in my life.” -Carlton M., Student, 3D Modeling & Animation with Autodesk® Maya®

“This camp has been the perfect combination of work and fun. I feel like I got a really good understanding of Maya, yet had a fun, awesome experience at the same time. I met a lot of great people and the staff was great. I hope to do it again next year!” -Lucas E., Student, 3D Modeling & Animation with Autodesk® Maya®



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Why is the iD Game Design & Development Academy the nation’s premiere pre-college destination to learn essential game design skills, game development skills, and STEM skills?

We offer intensive and relevant technology curriculum, taught by well-versed, accomplished faculty. The summer teen programs for ages 13-18 offer:

  • Guaranteed staff ratios of 8 students per instructor
  • Intensive, college-level curriculum for beginner to advanced learners, based on the new learning engine, iD Game Plan
  • The latest industry-standard hardware and software
  • Portfolio-building workshops
  • Accredited Continuing Education Credits available at all Academy locations. Official transcripts are from Stanford Continuing Studies.
  • Industry-savvy faculty
  • An immersive university experience
  • Tours of big-name studios
  • Guest speakers at many sites

How are Academy courses different from the courses at iD Tech Camps?

Academy courses are 2-week, overnight-only programs (at most locations) for teens ages 13-18 (Weekend Stays optional). Students in the iD Game Design & Development Academy and iD Film Academy build online portfolios in addition to completing a final project. Students in iD Programming Academy utilize software repository systems and graduate with full access to their code. All Academy students have the opportunity to tour a nearby studio. Our Academies provide an intensive, pre-college experience. Comparatively, iD Tech Camps offers weeklong day camps and overnight camps for students ages 7-17. More traditional summer camp activities are integrated into the iD Tech Camps curriculum.

Where is this course offered?

This course is offered at several top universities across the U.S. View our Locations page for more information.

How much does this course cost?

The cost for the 2-week overnight program is US $3,699-$3,899. Check our site for special promotions. Continuing Education Units are available for an extra fee. Weekend Stays are optional, but recommended, and cost $369 per weekend.

Are there teen summer camp savings?

View our current Promotions.

What are the dates of this course?

View availability here.

How do I know if this course is open for enrollment?

For info, click here.

How do I register?

Registering online is the fastest way to get into a program. Choose your path and we’ll guide you through registration: All Teen Programs or iD Tech Camps for Kids

What if the curriculum is too easy or too hard once the course starts?

Academy programs are taught in small, personalized classes. Instructors are able to work closely with each student to customize the course curriculum to each student’s skill and experience level. Whether you are a beginner or extremely advanced, our instructors find fun and challenging ways to develop your tech skills. If you have a particular goal or project idea, instructors will work with you and guide you.

Do I need to bring any computer equipment to camp?

No, you do not need to a bring personal computer to camp. Each student is provided with a computer at camp; you’ll never have to share a computer. We supply all the hardware, software and course materials.

What “off-computer” activities are there?

Our teen programs are academic camps, but we also create a fun summer experience. The intensive curriculum and lab time are balanced out with cool excursions, trips to nearby studios and fun down time activities like gaming tournaments. Students may participate in organized outdoor sports, movie nights, campus tours, and more. Since this is a teen-only program, we try to allow students as much freedom as possible in shaping their own weeks – but students are supervised.

Do you provide transportation for students? What about Carpooling?

We do not arrange transportation for our students. For your convenience, we have created a carpool app located in My Account which is available to all iD clients after registering. All transportation to and from camp is the responsibility of the parent/guardian. There are child transportation services that past students have utilized, which can be found through a web search. We are not affiliated with any such company and thus cannot be held accountable for clients’ use of outside transportation services.

Who should I contact with questions or concerns?

You can phone us as at 1-888-709-TECH (8324) or 1-408-871-2227, or email us at info@iDTech.com. If you’d like a brochure sent to you, please click here.