The name comes from Sanskrit and refers to the Hindu concept that means illusion.

Maya® is a perfect name for powerful software that literally creates digital magic. In fact, if you’re trying to create cool 3D characters or awesome special effects, Maya should be your first choice, as it is for the video game industry and the film/TV industry.

Maya’s work appears extensively in film and TV, like in Game of Thrones. Here it’s used for camera-mapping the character of Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage).

And because Maya is exceptionally versatile, it’s also the go-to character- and level-design program taught at Digital Media Academy tech camps each summer.

Powerful Performer

Maya has been used not only in hit video games (Halo 4), but also plays an active and key role in the creation of many hit movies and shows.

On TV, you’ve seen Maya’s work in Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead.

In theaters, you’ve seen Maya in blockbusters such as Frozen, Avatar and Monsters, Inc..

Maya is so essential to modern film production that it’s even won Oscar gold, receiving no less than three special Technical Achievement Academy Awards.

Makes Complex Textures Possible

Maya (published by Autodesk®) is used to render photorealistic features (such as clothing, textures and 3D characters) for hit video games. It’s also used for creating stunning special effects and it even breathes life into animated blockbusters.

For anyone who wants to design video games, make computer-animated features or create special effects, learning how to use Maya is a must. That’s why our Maya tech camps are among DMA’s most popular courses.

When filmmakers of Spider-Man 2 needed a way to accurately project the texture of Spidey’s webbed suit, Maya came to the rescue. (Image: Sony Pictures Imageworks)

Maya proved essential, for example, when Sony Pictures Imageworks faced a serious technical challenge during the making of Spider-Man 2. The filmmakers needed a computer graphics technology that could realistically simulate a cloth texture over an animated character, in order to capture the webbed texture of Spider-Man’s famous costume.

So Alias Software, the developer that created Maya, engineered a simulator option in Maya that could handle the nuanced textures of Spidey’s distinctive outfit. The rest is film history.

Always Improving the Program

Alias designed Maya in 1998 and since then the program has received numerous upgrades. For example, a fluid effects simulator (that supports cloud and fire effects) was added to Maya 4.5. Over the years, Maya’s makers have added more effects and additional options to the program, including ways to generate complex textures like fur and hair.

Some other features that have been added:

  • nParticle Simulator: Enhances effects that involve smoke or dust (or any fine-particulate material).
  • Camera Sequencer: Enables smoother layout of animated footage containing multiple camera angles.
  • MatchMover: Helps marry CGI elements to regular film or video footage.
  • Bifrost: Provides better representation of liquids, such as sea foam and ocean waves.

These enhancements have made Maya even more flexible.

You’ll get more out of Maya if you learn it through a qualified program, like at a DMA Maya tech camp.

The Only Software You Need…and Where to Learn It

When it comes to 3D video games, computer-animated feature films or any kind of digital production, Maya meets every need: modeling, lighting, animation and rendering. It’s no wonder that Maya is the world’s leading 3D creation tool.

Learn Maya texturing and lighting next summer from a Maya expert on the campuses of some of America’s most prestigious universities. Let DMA show you how.

Robots do amazing things. Now a Dutch research engineering firm called MX3D has developed a robot that can 3D print an entire bridge from steel.

Developed with the help of the University of Delft and Autodesk’s Applied Research Labs, the MX3D is a futuristic bridge-builder.

Robotic Acrobatics
And it’s not just what this robot can do, but how it does it. The MX3D robot works ahead of itself, like a railroad machine that lays crossties as it moves.

The robot also has characteristics of a spider, because it actually “spins” the steel that’s used for the construction. How? The robot creates molten steel which is used to print a desired shape. The robot also clings at the site it’s working, producing a bridge (like a spider spins a web) while hanging in mid-air.

The bridge designs created by the robot are very intricate. A complex pattern of steel is produced just as easily as it would create a basic design.

MX3D has staked the company’s reputation on the bridge-building capabilities of the MX3D six-axis robot.

Robots Rise to the Challenge
In 2017, the robot will take on its greatest challenge: 3D printing a bridge over one of Amsterdam’s famous canals. The lead engineer will simply press a button that engages the system, and then walk away. Think of it, a robot that 3D prints a bridge. Wouldn’t you love to build that in robotics camp?

If all goes according to plan, the robot will weave in 60 days a sturdy, 24-feet steel bridge that can withstand the foot traffic of tourists.

The idea to build a bridge in Amsterdam, a city known for its canals, was a no-brainer. Says lead engineer Joris Laarman, “We decided that a bridge over an old city canal was a pretty good choice.” If successful, the feat will showcase robotics engineering in an amazingly new way.

A new revolution in industrial design: on-site manufacturing of heavy construction, like bridges.

A 3D Printed Future
When the MX3D bridge project is complete, it will be the world’s first robot-built, 3D-printed bridge. MX3D consulted with the University of Delft as well as Autodesk’s Applied Research Labs for the project.

Autodesk 3D modeling software like 123D Design is used in Digital Media Academy’s 3D printing camp, where teens age 12 to 17 get hands-on experience with today’s hottest and coolest technology.

Do you know about the Maya training courses and video special effects courses that are being taught at Digital Media Academy? Learn 3d video game design, animation, character modeling, and more at DMA’s summer computer training sessions at prestigious universities and schools around the United States and Canada. DMA offers separate programs, summer computer camps, and digital art & technology camps for adult professionals, teens, and kids.

The video below talks about some of the exciting tech concepts students learn at DMA (wait until the end!)

Check out some of the 3d, video game, animation, modeling, and special effects courses taught at DMA:


3d Game Design Courses and Summer Camp Experiences for Teens:

  • 3D Video Game Creation I – Level Design with Maya
  • 3D Video Game Creation II – Character Design with Maya
  • 3D Video Game Creation I – Level Design with 3ds max
  • 3D Video Game Creation II – Character Design with 3ds max
  • Advanced Video Game Creation with 3ds max, Maya and ZBrush

    Professional Level 3d Game Design Computer Training:

  • 3D Game Art and Design with 3ds max
  • Also, check out the Maya Training Courses: 

  • Maya I – Introduction to 3D Modeling 
  • Maya II – Introduction to 3D Character Animation
  • Maya III – Advanced 3D Character Animation
  • Maya IV – Creating an Animated Movie

    3d Game Design Computer Camps for Kids:

  • Adventures in 2D & 3D Game Creation : Ages 9 – 13
  • Adventures in Advanced Game Creation : Ages 9 – 13       

  • Watch an actual student talk about his experience at DMA’s Teen 3d Video Game Design Program. He used 3ds Max to create a 3d Mario World and 3d characters to match. 

    Learn more at

    Become a Video Game Designer at Digital Media Academy!