Why DMA

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Teen Summer Program

Experienced, Extraordinary Staff = Experienced, Extraordinary Students


  • Top-notch Industry Professionals

    Alex Beachum is a game designer at Microsoft Studios and graduate of USC’s Interactive Media and Games
    MFA program. His mission is to weave interactive experiences that captivate, entertain and (hopefully) expand
    minds. With a background originally in film production, Alex decided to pick up programming (C++, Java™, C#)
    and 3D modeling (Maya®) so that he could bring the virtual worlds, characters and stories in his head to life.

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  • Inspiring Students to Reach Their Full Potential

    Ben Dominguez is making a name for himself in the film industry. Check out Ben’s website for
    his most recent work. Ben went through the Visual Effects for Filmmaking course at our Stanford
    location. When asked what the single most important thing that DMA did for him
    he responded with, “DMA met me at my own level with filmmaking and helped
    me go further. This boosted my confidence in myself as a filmmaker.”

    View Ben’s Profile


Separate Classroom & Residential Staffs

  • Lead Instructors

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    Lead instructors are the rock stars of our summer staff. They bring a combination of skill, knowledge and experience that you won’t find at other camps. They bring learning to life for our students.

    They are supported by a year-round youth development team that builds innovative and engaging courses and curriculum. Lead instructors have a driving passion for inspiring, teaching and mentoring learners.

  • Teaching Assistants

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    Typically college students pursuing degrees in computer science, engineering, art or media-related fields, Teaching Assistants (TA’s) provide crucial instructional and student development support.

    TA’s are also great at connecting and inspiring teens. Their fun-loving, energetic personalities also allow them to lead character building and recreational activities outside of the classroom.

  • Youth Activities Counselors

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    Youth activities counselors (YAC) are the glue that holds our overnight program together. They are enthusiastic, and have a natural ability to connect with youth.

    Every night they create a new adventure for campers, these activities get shy students out of their shells. YACs create camp culture while always putting the safety of our students first.

At DMA, we are all extremely passionate about what we do. Separate responsibilities allow DMA’s staff to focus on creating an unforgettable summer experience for your child.

The Future is Built by Creators.

DMA provides hands-on, project-based instruction designed to spark curiosity, confidence and collaboration.

All DMA courses are built on what we call the DMA Learning Experience. This methodology has been crafted, created and refined each year for the past 12 summers. It’s an approach that has been developed by our amazing team of instructors, curriculum developers and corporate staff. For 2014 we’ve redesigned and improved it for a new generation of DMA students and courses.


  • Sparking Curiosity

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    A student’s curiosity is the compass that leads them to their individual passion. DMA’s immersive courses bring like-minded students together to inspire one another, to explore their passion through creating.

  • Building Confidence

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    Confidence stems from students gaining knowledge, skill, critical thinking and experience. Our instructional staff empowers students with this tool set. Throughout the week, students create meaningful projects and build their portfolio with inspiration from instructors. Read about our commitment to empower girls through technology.

  • Fostering Teamwork

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    Not only does DMA encourage collaboration, we provide students with the opportunity to celebrate their creative accomplishments by presenting and sharing them with their class.



A Well-Balanced Experience

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    DMA’s unique teen learning experience is fueled by the student’s and instructor’s passion for a subject. Hands-on, exploratory projects give them the opportunity to learn by doing and making. Small individual successes and collaboration with other students build as the week progresses.

    At DMA, we take pride in our teen program being more academically driven than other tech camps but we also realize that everybody – especially teens – need time away from technology. Along with lunch, teen students have two breaks each day where they can hang out and socialize with their new friends or take part in a wide range of recreational activities. In addition teen students take part in activities that revolve around character building, teamwork and problem solving.

State-Of-The-Art Technology

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    Each student gets his or her own work space and computer or tablet to use during the week; no computer sharing

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    DMA uses only the latest versions of cutting-edge software

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    DMA uses only brand new film and photography equipment

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    DMA is partnered with industry-leading technology companies

When you send your child to camp at DMA, we take our responsibility for their safety extremely seriously. We’re parents, just like you, and we understand this sacred trust. To that end, we extensively train each and every staff member on safety procedures to ensure they intimately understand how to perform critically important lifesaving actions during any possible emergency situation.


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    Qualified Staff

    Live-in residential staff are adults over the age of 21, all who have completed and passed:

    • ● CPR certification
    • ● Comprehensive state and federal background checks
    • ● Extensive risk-management and safety-training programs

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    On-Site Security & Medical Attention

    DMA observes a strict security system to ensure our staff always know where your teen is and what they are doing.

    • ● Access to overnight and weekend dorm building is restricted
    • ● We have immediate access to some of the best university hospitals in the world
    • ● DMA residential staff members are accessible at all times by cell phone

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    Online Safety

    DMA understands parents have concerns about what their teens are exposed to online. As parents, DMA shares those same concerns and has put safeguards in place to protect your child in the classroom.

    • ● DMA strictly enforces a policy of “no adult-oriented content”
    • ● DMA uses special software to protect kids from harmful Internet content
    • ● DMA instructors encourage teens to create positive and age-appropriate projects

Stanford Continuing Education Units

Digital Media Academy is all about putting teens on a fast track for a career or education. That’s why DMA is proud to be partnered with prestigious Stanford University. DMA is the only international art and technology education organization with 100 percent of its secondary courses accredited by Stanford University Continuing Studies. DMA can help teens build a stronger college application and help them even go ahead and start earning college credit hours.


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    Accredited by Stanford University

    One of the nation’s greatest schools, Stanford University commands respect around the world, including from other institutions of higher learning (where you may be applying for college admission).

    • ● All DMA Teen courses are accredited by Stanford Continuing Studies
    • ● Students receive 4 units of Stanford Continuing Studies credit for each course.
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    Continuing Education Units

    In addition to receiving outstanding technology training, teen DMA students are also eligible to receive Continuing Education Units (CEU) from Stanford University.

    • ● A CEU is a unit of credit equal to ten hours of participation in an accredited program.
    • ● CEUs awarded by a renowned institution of higher learning such as Stanford University can strengthen a college or post-graduate admissions application. In some cases, institutions will count the CEU credits toward high school AP or college credit.