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Animation & VFX Summer Program

Canceled for Summer 2020

Animation & Visual Effects Industry Summer Program

Commuter Program for High School Students

Important Statement Regarding the Coronavirus:  

The health and safety of all students, faculty, staff and community members are of the utmost importance here at Drexel.  As a result, we have made the decision to cancel our summer program for 2020.

For updates on Drexel's Response to the Coronavirus please visit the following website which is updated frequently. 

Drexel’s Animation & VFX Summer Program is an intensive one-week commuter program for high school students who are pro-active in pursuing their goals and passions.  This program will expose students to the various technologies commonly used in today’s industry to create visually stunning CG and VFX shots.  Program activities will include the creation of 3D assets, motion capture, video production, green screen compositing, and VFX simulations. 

Students will learn how to create a visual effect shot from start to finish.  Beginning with concept and working through the various production stages, students will have the opportunity to flex their creative muscles in order to make this project their own. 

Faculty will teach a variety of useful techniques, software, and technologies all relevant to today’s industry.  Students will have access to professional software including Maya, Houdini, and Nuke. 

By the end of the program, each student will have gained hands-on experience in the use of video production equipment and industry standard CG software resulting in their own VFX shot. 

Tuition for the Animation & VFX summer program is $1300 for one week.  This includes all tools, supplies, and daily lunch. 

This workshop is also offered as part of a discounted bundle with the Virtual Reality summer workshop.  The VR program will take place the week before from July 27th-31st.  

Two Week Summer Program Option

Two programs; two weeks, discounted price:

You can combine this Animation Program with our summer program in Virtual Reality for a two week immersive experience in both Animation and VR.  

Each program cost $1,300.  You can pursue both for $2000 which is a discount of $600. 

Virtual Reality runs from July 27th - July 31st and Animation & VFX the following week from August 3rd - August 7th.  

For this option select Animation & Virtual Reality Bundle (Two Weeks) on the application page.  



Program Format 


Classes will run Monday through Friday from 9:30am to 3:30pm with one lunch break. 

Closing Reception: 

The program will conclude with a screening of student work followed by a reception.  Students who complete the one-week program will receive a program certificate. 


For the purposes of this summer program, our main facility offers two computer labs, a motion capture studio with green screen, and production equipment including but not limited to motion capture suits, cinema cameras, lights, and more. 

Meal Plan: 

Drexel will provide lunch each day of the one-week program. 

Health Services: 

You are required to submit proof of health insurance prior to the start of the program. 


This summer program is designed as a commuter program therefore supervised residential housing is not offered.  We can make recommendations for accommodations on or near Drexel’s campus.  Both options require a parent to stay overnight with the student if they are under the age of 18. 

  1. Drexel On-Campus Dorm Accommodations: Short-term housing available to students and their parents in a Drexel Residence Hall. For more information visit: Summer Conference Housing
  2. The University City Sheraton Hotel: This hotel is walking distance from our campus. Phone (215) 387-8000 or visit University City Sheraton
  3. The Study hotel: On Drexel's campus.  Phone (215) 387-1400 or visit The Study




We welcome mature high school students, 15-18 years old, who have completed their sophomore or junior year of high school by July. 

Apply by submitting the following items: 

  • High School Transcript: Official or unofficial transcript.  Transcripts can be e-mailed to or mailed to the address below. 

  • Online Application with $300 application deposit. 

A $300 deposit must be included with your application.  Acceptable forms of payment are Check or Money Order, or Credit Card (use with online application only). 

All applications will be reviewed upon completion and applicants will be notified within four weeks of receiving a completed application.  Students who are not accepted into the program will receive a full refund of their $300 application deposit. 

Upon acceptance, we will mail an information package to you and your family with additional program information and, of course, more forms to complete. The $300 deposit will be credited towards the full tuition cost. Upon acceptance, your deposit is non-refundable. The remaining balance must be paid by June 12, 2020. 

All items must be clearly labeled and e-mailed or mailed to: 


ATTN: Animation & VFX Summer Program
Drexel University
URBN Center, Bldg. 71-220
3501 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

How soon will you hear from us? All applications will be reviewed as we receive them.  Applicants will be notified within 4 weeks from receipt. Admissions decisions are based upon academic preparation and a commitment to learnWe will e-mail or mail an acceptance letter and an information package to you and your family with additional program information, and of course, more forms to complete. Enrollment is limited and is available on a first-come, first-serve basis upon review and acceptance of the application. 



Tuition for the one-week program is $1,300.  If bundling this program with the Virtual Reality and Immersive Media Summer Program, you will receive a discount rate of $300 per program, totaling $2000 for both summer programs.  Tuition includes: 

  • Classes and lectures with Drexel faculty and networking professionals within the animation industry. 

  • One lunch meal per day. 

  • Supplies and materials. 

  • Closing reception for students and parents. 

  • Tuition does not include student health care overage.  All students must provide proof of insurance in order to enroll in the summer program. 

Questions? E-mail 


About the ANFX Program 

Computer generated imagery is widely used in many industries, ranging anywhere from entertainment to education.  Our goal is to educate and prepare our students for an animation career in the industry they are most passionate about.  For most, this means working for studios such as Disney or Pixar on big budget films.  Some students want to venture into the gaming or advertisement industries while others might want a more nontraditional route like medical visualizations or simulation training.  No matter the specialization, Drexel University has the technology, instructors, and collaborative environment needed to help open doors of opportunity for our students.

Milady Bridges 

Milady Bridges brings to the classroom a decade of professional work experience as an animation and visual effects artist for feature film, games, and internationally distributed advertising campaigns.   Some of her feature film credits include The Avengers, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Jurassic Park 3D, and Titanic 3D.  Her national advertising CG animation and print work include clients such as Mazda, Dollar Shave Club, Lexus, and Epson.   

Milady started her career back in 2008 when she joined a group of talented artists on the Warner Brothers lot to create a series of animated shorts for the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.  Following Warner Brothers, she would move on to freelance at Pixel Liberation Front where she worked as a Technical Director on promotional videos for games like Forza III and as a previsualization artist for films such as Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, The Green Lantern, and more.  Milady would continue to work as a freelancer for a variety of studios, working on triple A titles like Red Dead Redemption and Sleeping Dogs, until settling down as a VFX artist for several years at Stereo D where she created visual effects for large budget stereoscopic films.  Following her feature film work, Milady transitioned into advertising where she worked for studios such as Psyop, Saddington Baynes, and Rocket Studio.   

Milady transitioned into academia at the start of 2018 when she accepted a teaching position at Drexel University.  Since then she has taken over as program director for the Animation & VFX program.

Nick Jushchyshyn 

Nick Jushchyshyn brings two decades of professional experience in visual effects, immersive media, and administration to the Digital Media Department at Drexel University.  

His experience includes work on major feature films such as "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo", "I Am Number Four", "Let Me In", "The Last Air Bender" and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button", which won an Oscar for Best Visual Effects as well as the VES award for Best Single Visual Effect for the Year. Outside of feature films, Nick's freelance background also includes projects in television, commercial and advertising productions. 

He holds an MFA from the Academy of Art University, and a Bachelor's in Science degree in Commerce & Engineering from Drexel University. In addition to working for studios such as Digital Domain and Dive Visual Effects, Nick as taught digital media and animation at the Academy of Art University and the Art Institute of Philadelphia. 

Nick's research focuses on the development and application of production pipelines for VR/AR and other immersive media formats in areas including education, cultural heritage, medicine and narrative experiences. Nick directs the Westphal College's programs in Virtual Reality and Immersive Media, Capture & Effects Lab (ACE-Lab), and provides faculty supervision to the student groups for Computer Graphics (SIGGRAPH) and the Drexel University Virtual Reality Group (DUVR).