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Learning Maya: A great summer for your (tech-savvy) teenagers

by | Apr 25, 2013

Maya Workshop Animation Mentor High School

Parents: Bring a Little Animation to the Summer

As a parent, you want what’s best for your children. You want them to achieve their dreams — and we are happy to help. Here at Animation Mentor, we’re excited to announce a special online Maya workshop designed just for high school students:

Maya Workshop: Animation Basics

Bring a little animation to the summer

Through this special pilot program, we are offering — for the first time ever — 25 high school students the chance to enroll in our six-week, hands-on workshop and to begin their journey of bringing performances to life as character animators.

John Nguyen
Animator, Sony Pictures Imageworks

John loves to bring characters to life … and to make people laugh. His list of credits certainly proves this to be true. Look for John’s work in Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, Evan Almighty, The Chronicles of Riddick, The Day After Tomorrow, Looney Tunes: Back in Action, Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas, 2 Fast 2 Furious, Treasure Planet, Little Nicky, Bless the Child, Mission to Mars, Bicentennial Man, Godzilla, Kull the Conqueror, Mimic, George of the Jungle, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Tron: Legacy, and Batman & Robin.

And yes, John will be the Maya workshop instructor.

Important: This is far from the typical classroom/lecture setting. Your children receive live instruction through video chats from an industry professional like John Nguyen — and practice their new skills in labs conducted by Animation Mentor alumni. They also attend live Q&A sessions online and receive critiques — just as they would in a traditional studio setting. This real-world learning environment provides invaluable real-world experience.

In addition, the workshop includes a three-year active student account to the Autodesk® Education Community with access the Maya® animation software ($3,675 value).

    Workshop: Maya Workshop: Animation Basics

    Course Length: Six-Week Workshop with Live Q&As

    Q&A Day and Time: Mondays, 7 PM Pacific Time

    Summer 2013 Term Start Date: June 24, 2013

    Tuition: $599

    Important: Registration is limited to 25 high school students

    Workshop Summary

  • Live instruction from industry professionals, including 12 Live Q&As with demonstrations
  • Supplementary material features hours of recorded video using Maya 2012
  • Coursework includes six (6), non-graded assignments with provided assets
  • Registration includes a three-year active student account to the Autodesk® Education Community where you may access the Maya® animation software ($3,675 value).

  • Be 14 years of age or older upon the first day of class
  • Have a good understanding of the English language
  • Have intermediate computer software skills
  • Meet the minimum system requirements
  • Achieve a passing score on the Wonderlic test, which measures your basic understanding of math and English
  • Note: Requires a signed parental consent before the first day of class.

Hurry: The Summer 2013 Term Begins Soon
The Summer 2013 term begins on June 24. Just be sure to register by June 7.

If you have any questions, please contact our Admissions Representatives ([email protected]).

Registration is limited … so bring a little animation to the summer and register today.

— The Animation Mentor Admissions Team

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