Summer Camps

2021 Summer Camps

Villa Maria is holding in-person camps this summer! Camps run from July 12 – 16 and registration is now open! All local and NYS guidelines will be followed to ensure the safety of our campers. To learn more about the College’s COVID-19 policies and procedures, visit

Worldbuilding & Concept Art for Games – Morning Session
Learn how to conceptualize a world for a AAA production. Worldbuilding is the process of constructing an imaginary world with coherent qualities such as: history, geography, maps, backstory, people, and culture. This is used to expand beyond a single product to allow for multiple entries of a franchise. Once we have a world built and designed, then we need to visualize it. We need to draw every aspect of the world and explore the design of its environments, buildings / architecture, people / fashion; this is called concept art. Through worldbuilding and concept art you will create new and unique worlds capable of telling many different stories in unique and interesting ways.

Jeffrey Werner has been teaching Game Design and Animation for over ten years and specializes in worldbuilding and conceptualization.

Young Adult Fiction – Morning Session
As Harry Potter and Twilight have proven, young adult fiction is one of the hottest genres for today’s novels. You will decide what type of story you want to tell, plan your plot, and discover the secrets for bringing your characters to life. In addition, you will find out how to introduce conflict, suspense, and mystery so you can grab and hold the attention of your audience. You will even analyze excerpts from bestselling young adult books to see what makes them so successful.

Elizabeth Battaglia holds degrees in Secondary English Education, History, English, and Adult Education. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in Humanities at Salve Regina University.  She is a professor in the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at Villa Maria College, where she teaches courses in composition and literature.

Recording Studio – Morning Session
Learn the basics with the latest technology. Students will gain a better understanding of digital recording through hands on learning using the latest software and the basics of digital recording.  Topics include: learning professional software used in the music industry; gaining an understanding of how music is recorded; microphone techniques; and hands-on recording sessions.

 Anthony Casuccio is a 25-year music industry veteran. From Grammys to gold records, Mozart to Heavy Metal, Hip Hop to House, Anthony has worked with hundreds of musicians mixing and mastering their projects. He has worked on three Grammy nominated albums. His jingle work has been featured in many local and national commercials. Anthony has written and produced numerous top 40 songs that have charted across Europe.

Character Design & Storyboarding Basics – Morning Session
Students are introduced to the foundations of designing characters for animation by exploring shapes, color, proportions, and perspective. Students will learn how to create basic storyboards by discussing how to utilize camera angles and composition for effective visual storytelling.

Kayleigh Rabbitt is a graduate of Villa Maria College. She is an experienced graphic designer, animator and photo/video stylist.

Intro to 3D Modeling – Afternoon Session
Students are introduced to the principles and techniques of 3D modeling using industry-standard software, Autodesk Maya. Students will learn how to navigate within three-dimensional space and create models from life reference and from imagination. Emphasis is placed on maintaining proper geometry while creating low-poly prop, environment, and character models. Students will learn how to professionally present and render turnarounds of their final models to show their friends.

Valery Amborski is an Instructor of Animation and an alumna of the Animation BFA program at Villa Maria College. She earned an MFA in Visual Arts from the University at Buffalo in 2019. She teaches courses in 3D modeling, Rigging, and Animation, as well as Film Production and Visual Effects. Her interests include 3D printing, reading, and assembling jigsaw puzzles.

Digital Storytelling – Afternoon Session
This camp will give students the skills to produce engaging content in response to an ever-changing media landscape. Students will learn how to use open-access digital tools and publishing platforms (think smartphones, social media, and more) to make compelling multimedia artifacts. They will also spend some time sharing and discussing some of their favorite media so that they can better understand online trends and viral content, as well as their positions as emerging content creators. By the end of the camp, students will have completed two digital stories—a photo story and a video—and will be tasked with all elements of multimedia project development, including pre-production planning, creating, editing, revising, and publishing.

Amy Jamieson is an instructor in the Department of the Humanities and Social Sciences with over a decade of experience in the classroom. She primarily teaches writing and digital media and communications courses aimed at helping students navigate the complexities of communication across different contexts. She holds English and sociology degrees from SUNY Geneseo, an MA in Interdisciplinary Studies from Niagara University, and is expected to receive her doctorate in Rhetoric and Composition from Bowling Green State University in 2021.

Prime Design – Afternoon Session
Learn about the exciting world of Interiors at Villa this summer and find out what makes a top Interior Designer.  Plan a room, explore the maker space, discover color and see how your passion can become a profession.  From virtual tours to hands-on fabrication, you can experience the life of a designer.

Sandra Reicis has taught at Villa Maria College for 19 years and is a Professor and Program Coordinator in Interior Design. She holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University at Buffalo.  She has won numerous awards including the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) Teaching Excellence Award. She specializes in Universal Design and has a passion for Sustainable Design.  In addition to teaching, she is a principal of Sandra Reicis Design, specializing in Residential Design and an accomplished watercolor artist.

Trackin’ In GarageBand 101 – Afternoon Session
Music producers all over the world are making millions of dollars with their fingertips using music software such as Logic Pro. Logic Pro is the most common but it’s really just the big brother to GarageBand as they are both Apple products. In one short week, you’ll learn how to sample live instruments, make beats, and learn the ins and outs of Garage Band, and maybe even jam a little.

Aaron Blackmon is a professional musician, entrepreneur, and Buffalo native. He graduated from Buffalo State College with a Bachelors in Music and Computer Systems. From the young age of 5, Aaron had taken an interest in drums and began playing for his church. As he grew, his love for music spread to other instruments including the piano, organ, and bass guitar. His 20+ years of musical knowledge has allotted him many opportunities like becoming an adjunct professor at Villa Maria College and working alongside touring musicians such as Chris Coleman, Gordon Campbell, Robert Glasper, Omari Williams, Billy Young, PJ Morton and more as a drum/keyboard technician.

Camp Times

Morning sessions: 8:30 AM – 12:15 PM, with a 45-minute activity break in the middle
Afternoon sessions: 1:00 PM – 4:45 PM, with a 45-minute activity break in the middle

Early drop-off available from 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM; pick-up by 5:00 PM.

Camp Costs

Full week, all day, including lunch: $300
Full week, half day: $150, lunch can be added for an additional $10/day

Questions about Joining us for a Summer Camp?

Contact Scasha Smith
Phone: 716-961-1865
Email: [email protected]

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