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Summer Camps

Learn how to make your own video games, animated film and 3d characters!

Looking to get your feet wet in the world of animation and video games? Try the Academy of Interactive Entertainment's Summer Camps! Camps are project-based, and you'll get to learn about the software and basic techniques used in the industry. Each week-long camp concludes with a pizza party, and every student will receive a certificate of achievement and a copy of their project to take home.

Please check back in February to find updates for our 2015 Summer Camps.

Seattle Summer Camps

Location

AIE Seattle campus - Seattle Center Armory, 4th level

Ages

High School students, 14-18 years old

Time

Monday through Friday (one week), 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Cost

$349 per week; $300 per subsequent camp (multiple campers from the same family, or multiple weeks)

Registration

Please fill out our online registration form via the link below. You will be sent an email regarding payment instructions, after the online registration form has been completed. The full tuition is due at the time of registration. Please ensure that you have reviewed and understood our Refund Policy below:

Payment can be made via the following options:

  • Paypal - please follow this link: Paypal
  • Check - please mail your check to: AIE Seattle, 305 Harrison St, Suite 405, Seattle WA 98109
  • Credit Card over the phone - please call AIE Seattle at (206) 428-6350

Here is a printable copy of our registration form:

Classroom Environment

Summer camps at AIE are held in a studio-style classroom environment. This means that students will be engaging in hands-on, exploratory, project-oriented activities for the majority of the time they are in the classroom. Minimal lectures will be given; instructors are otherwise present in the classroom to give individualized attention, applied assistance, and to act as a resource for the students. We provide student versions of industry-standard software and students are encouraged to dive right in and explore the software above and beyond what is included in lecture.

Please ensure that this environment will be a positive and healthy one in which your student has the potential to succeed. We are unable to grant refunds for students who do not participate in camp activities or discover that their learning style does not mesh with the classroom environment. We will strive to provide each and every student with individual attention as much as possible, but we do encourage students to develop their skills in self-starting and time management. We believe this is an essential part of blending traditional classroom-style learning with studio-style learning.

Seattle Refund Policy

The full tuition is due at the time of registration. A non-refundable registration fee of $75 is included in the tuition of each week. If you cancel your registration up to 14 days before the start of camp, we will refund the tuition minus the $75 registration fee.

Due to high demand for our camps, we are unable to grant any refunds within 14 days of camp starting. Campers who must leave during the week due to illness will receive a pro-rated refund as long as appropriate verification is provided. Campers asked to leave camp during the week due to misbehavior or other violation of camp rules will not receive a refund.

Seattle Schedule

Dates Studio A Studio B
22nd Jun - 26th Jun Game Programming Level 1 3D Animation Level 1
29th Jun - 3rd Jul No Camp No Camp
6th Jul - 10th Jul No Camp No Camp
13Th Jul - 17th Jul Game Programming Level 2 3D Animation Level 2
20th Jul - 24th Jul Photoshop Fundamentals Modeling in ZBrush
27th Jul - 31st Jul Game Programming Level 1 3D Animation Level 1
3rd Aug - 7th Aug Game Programming Level 2 3D Animation Level 2
10th Aug - 14th Aug Illustrator Fundamentals Modeling in ZBrush

Seattle Summer Camp Descriptions

3D Animation Level 1:

Foundation skills in 3D computer animation
Study and apply the principles of animation
Also covers the basic modeling and uv texturing

3D Animation Level 2:

Learn basic rigging skills
Develop advance animations such as walk cycles
Also covers basic lighting and rendering

Modeling in Zbrush:

Learn intro to Zbrush sculpting UI
Explore brushes, masks and filters to build complex character and forms
Also covers painting and projection

Game Programming Level 1:

Basic 2d game programming using HTML5 and PhaserJS
Develop a basic game for the web

Game Programming Level 2:

Advance HTML5 and Phaser game development
Learn version control and deploying to a server

Photoshop Foundations:

Learn basic Adobe Photoshop skills
Experiment with photo manipulation
Adjust color Correction/balance
Learn about layer compositing and photo repair

Illustrator Foundations:

Learn basic Adobe Illustrator skills and use vector graphics tools
Create and manipulate vector graphics for production
Learn logo/graphic design basics and integration with Photoshop

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Lafayette Summer Camps

Lafayette Summer Camps are held in conjunction with University of Louisiana at Lafayette Continuing Education. Please click HERE for more information, and to register for a summer camp.

Lafayette Summer Camp Descriptions:

Game Programming (Design) Level 1

If you would like to learn some basics behind video game programming this camp is for you! Using the Unity 3D game engine, students will write scripts to solve a variety of problems like collision resolution, input handling, and managing the state of a running application. This camp will help expose how the game development process works and show you what a career in the video game industry is like. When the course is complete, you will earn a certificate of achievement as well as take home your creations to show off to family and friends! A pizza party will be held on the final day for camp participants. No prior experience necessary. For students ages 12-18.

3D Animation for Games Level 1

Want your ideas and characters to come to life? Join this course and you will learn the basics of 3D modeling, texturing, and animation. You will also get a chance to work with a pre-built character to make a video of your own design. A week of artistic fun awaits you in this week long camp. A pizza party will be held on the final day for camp participants. No prior experience necessary. For students ages 12-18.

Minecraft Movie Maker

Are you mad about Minecraft? Come spend a week with us and make your own short film using Minecraft characters. Break bricks and swing swords using Autodesk Maya and other industry standard animation software. A pizza party will be held on the final day for camp participants. No prior experience necessary. For students ages 12-18.

Lafayette Schedule

Dates Course
22nd Jun - 26th Jun Game Programming (Design) Level 1
13th Jul - 17th Jul Game Programming (Design) Level 1
20th Jul - 24th Jul Game Programming (Design) Level 1
22nd Jun - 26th Jun 3D Animation for Games Level 1
13th Jul - 17th Jul Minecraft Movie Maker
20th Jul - 24th Jul Minecraft Movie Maker

Baton Rouge Summer Camps

Baton Rouge summer camps are held in conjunction with Louisiana State University Continuing Education.

Baton Rouge Summer Camp Descriptions:

Game Programming (Design) Level 1

If you would like to learn some basics behind video game programming this camp is for you! Using the Unity 3D game engine, students will write scripts to solve a variety of problems like collision resolution, input handling, and managing the state of a running application. This camp will help expose how the game development process works and show you what a career in the video game industry is like. When the course is complete, you will earn a certificate of achievement as well as take home your creations to show off to family and friends! A pizza party will be held on the final day for camp participants. No prior experience necessary. For students ages 12-18.

3D Animation for Games Level 1

Want your ideas and characters to come to life? Join this course and you will learn the basics of 3D modeling, texturing, and animation. You will also get a chance to work with a pre-built character to make a video of your own design. A week of artistic fun awaits you in this week long camp. A pizza party will be held on the final day for camp participants. No prior experience necessary. For students ages 12-18.

Minecraft Movie Maker

Are you mad about Minecraft? Come spend a week with us and make your own short film using Minecraft characters. Break bricks and swing swords using Autodesk Maya and other industry standard animation software. A pizza party will be held on the final day for camp participants. No prior experience necessary. For students ages 12-18.

Baton Rouge Schedule

Dates Course Register
22nd Jun - 26th Jun Game Programming (Design) Level 1 Click Here
13th Jul - 17th Jul Game Programming (Design) Level 1 Click Here
TBA - TBA 3D Animation for Games Level 1
TBA - TBA Minecraft Movie Maker

New Orleans Summer Camps

New Orleans summer camps are held in conjunction with Delgado Community College. Registration will be made available very soon and detailed information can be found on the Delgado Community College-Continuing Education website.(Click on one of the "DigiCamp" links)

Age Range

For students entering grades 8-12.

Schedule

Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with 30-minute lunch break.

Supplies

Students will need to provide their own USB drive and submit all required paperwork before camp begins.

Lunch and Snacks

Students may pre-purchase a boxed lunch for three days; a pizza party will be held on the last day of camp for participants. Students may also bring their own lunch from home, but no microwave or refrigerator will be available. One snack per day will be provided and is included in cost.

New Orleans Summer Camp Descriptions:

Game Programming (Design) Level 1

If you would like to learn some basics behind video game programming this camp is for you! Using the Unity 3D game engine, students will write scripts to solve a variety of problems like collision resolution, input handling, and managing the state of a running application. This camp will help expose how the game development process works and show you what a career in the video game industry is like. When the course is complete, you will earn a certificate of achievement as well as take home your creations to show off to family and friends! A pizza party will be held on the final day for camp participants. No prior experience necessary. For students ages 12-18.

3D Animation for Games Level 1

Want your ideas and characters to come to life? Join this course and you will learn the basics of 3D modeling, texturing, and animation. You will also get a chance to work with a pre-built character to make a video of your own design. A week of artistic fun awaits you in this week long camp. A pizza party will be held on the final day for camp participants. No prior experience necessary. For students ages 12-18.

Minecraft Movie Maker

Are you mad about Minecraft? Come spend a week with us and make your own short film using Minecraft characters. Break bricks and swing swords using Autodesk Maya and other industry standard animation software. A pizza party will be held on the final day for camp participants. No prior experience necessary. For students ages 12-18.

New Orleans Schedule

Dates Course
13th Jul - 16th Jul Game Programming (Design) Level 1
22nd Jun - 25th Jun 3D Animation for Games Level 1
20th Jul - 23rd Jul Minecraft Movie Maker

North Louisiana Summer Camps

North Louisiana summer camps are held in conjunction with Louisiana State University Continuing Education. Please click HERE for more information, and to register for a summer camp.

North Louisianae Summer Camp Descriptions:

Game Programming (Design) Level 1

If you would like to learn some basics behind video game programming this camp is for you! Using the Unity 3D game engine, students will write scripts to solve a variety of problems like collision resolution, input handling, and managing the state of a running application. This camp will help expose how the game development process works and show you what a career in the video game industry is like. When the course is complete, you will earn a certificate of achievement as well as take home your creations to show off to family and friends! A pizza party will be held on the final day for camp participants. No prior experience necessary. For students ages 12-18.

3D Animation for Games Level 1

Want your ideas and characters to come to life? Join this course and you will learn the basics of 3D modeling, texturing, and animation. You will also get a chance to work with a pre-built character to make a video of your own design. A week of artistic fun awaits you in this week long camp. A pizza party will be held on the final day for camp participants. No prior experience necessary. For students ages 12-18.

Minecraft Movie Maker

Are you mad about Minecraft? Come spend a week with us and make your own short film using Minecraft characters. Break bricks and swing swords using Autodesk Maya and other industry standard animation software. A pizza party will be held on the final day for camp participants. No prior experience necessary. For students ages 12-18.

North Louisiana Schedule

Dates Course
TBA - TBA Game Programming (Design) Level 1
TBA - TBA 3D Animation for Games Level 1
TBA - TBA Minecraft Movie Maker
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