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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.

One-week courses run in June through August (excluding the 4th of July holiday week) in Seattle, and Lafayette/Baton Rouge. Please check back with us in January for an updated schedule.

Seattle Summer Camps

Location
AIE Seattle campus - Seattle Center Armory, 4th level

Ages
Students entering grades 8-12

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.

Click here for our online registration form.

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 One                               Studio Two
7/7 - 7/11 Creating Motion Comics 3D Animation Level 1
7/14 - 7/18 Photoshop Essentials 3D Animation Level 2
7/21 - 7/25 Game Programming Level 1 2D Animation
7/28
- 8/1 Game Programming Level 2
Creating Motion Comics
8/4
- 8/8 Game Programming Level 1
3D Animation Level 1
8/11 - 8/15 Game Programming Level 2
Game Level Design








Seattle Summer Camp Descriptions

Foundation skills in traditional animation
Create a hand-drawn animated walk cycle
Transfer your creation to computer and animate with Toon Boom Studio

Animate your own Graphic Novel or Comic page
Use 2D animation and Toon Boom Studio Software
Take an interactive PDF of your finished page home and the end of the week

Foundation skills in 3D computer animation
Computer animate a walk cycle with Maya
Light and Render a scene
Learn advanced modeling techniques using Zbrush
Use projection painting and texturing to build high detail sculpts
Learn basic rigging skills

Foundation skills in C# programming language
Create a playable game
Learn the basics of Unity game engine software
 

More advanced C# programming language
Create a multi-level game
More tips and tricks in Unity


No programming experience required
Introduction to the Unreal game engine software
Build your own video game level


Tools and Photo Retouching
Fundamentals of Layers
Basic Compositing



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:

3D Animation Level 1 - Lafayette
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. Plus we have a pizza party on Friday for camp participants!
*No experience required

Game Programming (Design) Level 1 - Lafayette
If you would like to learn the basics behind video game programming this camp is for you! You'll be making a video game level of your own design using Unity 3D. When the course is complete you can take your creation home with you to show off to all of your friends. Plus we have a pizza party on Friday for camp participants! 
*No experience required

Creating Motion Comics - Lafayette
Have your own comic or novel idea and you want to bring it to life? Join this course to animate them and bring them to life! By using After Affects you will be showing everyone a new perspective of your story. At the end of the week you will be able to take said video of your creation home. Plus we have a pizza party on Friday for camp participants!
*No experience required





Baton Rouge 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.

Baton Rouge Summer Camp Descriptions:

Video Game Design - Baton Rouge
Looking for a summer computer camp that is all fun and games? Interested in video game programming? In this course, you have a front-row seat to the thrilling world of video game development. Discover how video games are designed, how animation is made, and learn how tools such as Unity and C# work. Gain instruction from actual AIE representatives and interact with guest speakers from the game industry including Electronic Arts. Leave with a CD containing your game, and the tools needed to begin your journey to a career in video game design.
*No experience required

Advanced Video Game Design - Baton Rouge
Take your game to the next level! Explore more advanced C# programming and technologies that are used in game development. In this course, you will have the opportunity to create multiple levels in a game along with going more into detail with Unity 3D software. You must have previously completed the Video Game Design course or show the ability/skill to be able to enter the Advanced Game Design course. Preview your games to representatives from Electronic Arts and leave with a CD containing the your newly created video game.
*No experience required





New Orleans summer camps are held in conjunction with Delgado Community College. More information about the registration process and cost will be added soon.

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:

3D Animation, Level 1 June 23 – 26
Want your ideas and characters to come to life? A week of artistic fun awaits you in this week-long camp, where 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. Take home a certificate of achievement as well as your project at the end of the week to show off to family and friends. No prior experience necessary.

Game Design, Level 1 July 7 – 10
If you would like to learn the basics behind video game programming, this camp is for you! You'll be making a video game level of your own design using Unity 3D. Take home a certificate of achievement as well as your project at the end of the week to show off to family and friends. No prior experience necessary.

Creating Motion Comics July 21 - 24
Have your own comic or novel idea you want to bring to life? Join this course to animate them and bring them to life! By using After Affects, you will be showing everyone a new perspective of your story. Take home a certificate of achievement as well as your project at the end of the week to show off to family and friends. No prior experience necessary.

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3D Animation Level 1: The 3D Animation Level 1 courses will cover basic modeling and texturing techniques using Auto Maya 3D software. Students will also learn beginner 3D animation skills using a pre-built character and complete their own video.

3D Animation Level 2: Students who have completed the Level 1 course, will learn more advanced modeling techniques and basic character rigging skills. Students will also get to animate a more advanced character to a video of their choice. This is a follow-up to the Level 1 3D Animation course and students must have previously completed the Level 1 3D Animation course or show the ability/skill to be able to enter the Level 2 course. 

Game Programming (Design) Level 1: In this introductory course to Game Design, students will get an in-depth look of basic C# programming skills and learn how to create one level of their own video game using Unity 3D software. Students will be able to take their completed game home with them at the end of the week. 

Game Programming (Design) Level 2: 
In the Advanced Level 2 (Two) Game Design course, students will go into more advanced C# programming techniques in addition to the techniques learned in Level 1 (One). The Level 2 course will give students the opportunity to create multiple levels in a game along with going more into detail with Unity 3D software. This is a follow-up to the Level 1 Game Design course and students must have previously completed the Level 1 Game Design course or show the ability/skill to be able to enter the Level 2 Game Design course

3D Animation Level 1: The 3D Animation Level 1 courses will cover basic modeling and texturing techniques using Auto Maya 3D software. Students will also learn beginner 3D animation skills using a pre-built character and complete their own video.

3D Animation Level 2: Students who have completed the Level 1 course, will learn more advanced modeling techniques and basic character rigging skills. Students will also get to animate a more advanced character to a video of their choice. This is a follow-up to the Level 1 3D Animation course and students must have previously completed the Level 1 3D Animation course or show the ability/skill to be able to enter the Level 2 course. 

Game Programming (Design) Level 1: In this introductory course to Game Design, students will get an in-depth look of basic C# programming skills and learn how to create one level of their own video game using Unity 3D software. Students will be able to take their completed game home with them at the end of the week. 

Game Programming (Design) Level 2: 
In the Advanced Level 2 (Two) Game Design course, students will go into more advanced C# programming techniques in addition to the techniques learned in Level 1 (One). The Level 2 course will give students the opportunity to create multiple levels in a game along with going more into detail with Unity 3D software. This is a follow-up to the Level 1 Game Design course and students must have previously completed the Level 1 Game Design course or show the ability/skill to be able to enter the Level 2 Game Design course

  • Game Programming (Design) Level 1: In this introductory course to Game Design, students will get an in-depth look of basic C# programming skills and learn how to create one level of their own video game using Unity 3D software. Students will be able to take their completed game home with them at the end of the week. 
  • Game Programming (Design) Level 2: In the Advanced Level 2 (Two) Game Design course, students will go into more advanced C# programming techniques in addition to the techniques learned in Level 1 (One). The Level 2 course will give students the opportunity to create multiple levels in a game along with going more into detail with Unity 3D software. This is a follow-up to the Level 1 Game Design course and students must have previously completed the Level 1 Game Design course or show the ability/skill to be able to enter the Level 2 Game Design course
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