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    iD Game Design & Development Academy

3D Modeling & Printing With Autodesk Maya

Teen Summer Autodesk Course for Ages 13-18

iD Game Design & Development Academy
13-18 (Must turn 13 by 12-31-17)
Skill Level
Beg - Adv
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8 students per instructor
Autodesk Maya, Dremel Idea Builder

Course Description

Create stunning 3D game props and environments using Autodesk Maya, the same application used by top game development studios. Learn how to texture your models using Adobe Photoshop and use industry-standard practices to bring your vision into reality. Build a portfolio to take home, as well as a 3D print of one of your models.

What Will Students Take Home?

Students will take home all project files, including custom textures, rendered images, and Photoshop files. Each student will also go home with one 3D printed object (printed on the Dremel 3D Idea Builder) that they modeled in Autodesk Maya.

Images from Autodesk Maya. ©2015-2016 Autodesk, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Additional Course Information

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.

What Will Students Learn?

Students Will Learn to:

  • Use polygon and curve modeling tools
  • Implement character modeling techniques
  • Apply lighting and texturing
  • Practice keyframe animation
  • Create models to be 3D printed

Top Skills Gained

Software & Hardware Skills Development

  • Autodesk Maya
  • Autodesk Mudbox
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Dremel 3D Idea Builder

STEM & 21st Century Skills Development

  • Creativity
  • Problem-solving

Session Outline

Week One: Focus on learning the fundamentals of the Autodesk Creative Suite, 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, start with modifying simple primitive shapes, and then expand your tool box knowledge to learn the sophisticated techniques used by the pros. Use Adobe Photoshop to import textures, learn to work with UV layouts, and apply shaders to “skin” your models. Show off your work by learning how to light, render, and keyframe your meshes.

Week Two: Delve further into 3D sculpting and painting with Autodesk Mudbox. Take all of the concepts you have learned so far and fine tune them to create a more sophisticated polygon mesh. Learn important modeling concepts such as flow, polygon count, and normals. 3D print one of your creations made during the course

Skill Level | Is This Game Modeling Course for Your Student?

This 3D modeling course is for ages 13-18. 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.

Our Recommendations

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 1-888-709-8324 so that we can make personal recommendations, should you need assistance.

Where Is This Course Offered?

  • California - Northern
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      Day Camp: Ages 7-17

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      Nearby Airports

      NOTE: We do NOT do airport pick-ups or drop-offs.

      SAN JOSE: SJC (18 miles, 30 mins by car, 1 hr 25 mins public transit)

      SAN FRANCISCO: SFO (22 miles, 35 mins by car, 1 hr 10 mins public transit)

      OAKLAND: OAK (31 miles, 45 mins by car, 2 hr 20 mins public transit)

      Palo Alto, CA
  • Georgia
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      Overnight Camp: Ages 10-17

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      Overnight Camp: Ages 13-18

      Nearby Airports

      NOTE: We do NOT do airport pick-ups or drop-offs.

      ATLANTA: ATL (15 miles, 22 mins by car, 1 hr 10 mins public transit)

      Atlanta, GA
  • Massachusetts
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      Day Camp: Ages 7-17

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      Overnight Camp: Ages 13-18

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      NOTE: We do NOT do airport pick-ups or drop-offs.

      BOSTON: BOS (9 miles, 20 mins by car, 43 mins public transit)

      Cambridge, MA
  • Pennsylvania
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      Overnight Camp: Ages 10-17

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      Overnight Camp: Ages 13-18

      Nearby Airports

      NOTE: We do NOT do airport pick-ups or drop-offs.

      PHILADELPHIA: PHL (21 miles, 30 mins by car, 1 hr public transit)

      Villanova, PA

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Hours & Tuition

Overnight Program

Ages: 13-18
Check-In: 6pm Sunday
Pick-Up: 3-4pm Fri (varies by site)
Tuition: From $3,799 (per 2-week session)
Meals: Included

Please note: Prices are in US Dollars. All taxes included. In addition to the prices listed above, there will be a one-time Safety & Compliance Fee of $20 per student per year. Additionally, a minimum deposit of US $500 is required at the time of registration. Academy sessions are two weeks in length and are all-inclusive of meals, housing, instruction, and supervision. 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 and availability varies by location. Please check your site of choice for specific course offerings.

Your Tuition Includes:

  • 8:1 student-to-instructor ratio (guaranteed)
  • Diploma with transcript and instructor insights
  • Final portfolio and software discounts
  • Custom Academy t-shirt, H2O bottle
  • Outdoor time, campus tours (most locations)
  • Gaming tournaments
  • Access to online curriculum (iD Game Plan)

Optional Add-ons

Weekend Stays

Add $379 per weekend

We invite you to stay the weekend BETWEEN the two weeks—most students elect to stay. Room, board, activities, excursions, meals, 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.

Continuing Education Units

Add $198 per 2-week session

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

Tech Rocket (Online Learning)

Add $179 (annual subscription)

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 Programming Academy.

The Academy Experience

University Immersion

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.

Portfolio Building

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.

Accredited Continuing Education Units

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

Gaming Tournaments

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

Industry Insights

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.


Discover what sets our teaching style apart.

8:1 Staff Ratio Guarantee

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, all-adult instructors guide you through tailored 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.

Two-week, Intensive Courses | High-Level Curriculum

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).

Other Activities

You can expect roughly 6-7 hours a day of 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. We work hard to provide the right balance. We hope to make your experience valuable and memorable.

All-Adult Staff

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, engineering, app development, film, and other related fields. We’re extremely selective when it comes to our summer staff.

Friday Launch Party for Families

On the last day of the two-week program during the Launch Party, instructors present each student with a personalized iD Tech Diploma and recap students' key accomplishments. Afterwards, students unveil their final projects to parents and siblings, demonstrating all that they learned in just two weeks at the Academy.


Game Modeling Camp Reviews & Testimonials

  • "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 & Printing 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 & Printing 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 & Printing 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 & Printing 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 & Printing 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 & Printing 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 & Printing 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 & Printing 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 & Printing 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 & Printing With Autodesk Maya