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Illustration & Animation Academy

Two-Week Academy | Ages 12-18

Illustration & Animation Academy

Two-Week Academy | Ages 12-18

Develop Your Illustration and Animation Portfolio

Students will develop storyboards, create characters and build production-ready assets to be used for films, commercials even video games. They’ll learn the essential skill of storytelling through drawings and how to convey those stories in a professional studio setting. Using modern art creation tools like Toon Boom Harmony and Adobe Photoshop, students will have everything they’ll need in order to create professional-quality work. By the end of the academy, students will have developed several portfolio pieces to jump-start their career in animation and commercial art.

Week 1, Intro to 2D Animation & Digital Illustration: Students start with developing an understanding of the professional animation pipeline. Students will utilize industry-standard tools like Adobe Photoshop and Toon Boom Harmony. Students will finish the week with a production packet or portfolio of illustrated works and apply those creations to final animation, replicating the process industry professionals follow in major studios.

Week 2, 2D Animation Production & Character Development: Prospective animators and illustrators will gain first-hand experience of being a production artist. Through the use of professional production tools like Toon Boom Harmony and Adobe Photoshop; students will go beyond simply creating art as a hobby and learn how to create art for a career. Students will build a repertoire of production-ready assets like characters, backgrounds, and props that can be used as a high-level portfolio piece. Turn your passion for cartoons and illustrations into a career with 2D Animation Production.

Students in this course will receive a free one year license for Adobe Creative Cloud!

Staff Ratio: 12:1
Hardware + Software: Adobe Creative Cloud, Adobe Photoshop, Toon Boom Harmony, Wacom Drawing Tablets

Ages: Students 12-18
Hours: 8:30AM – 5:00PM

Staff Ratio: 12:1
Hardware + Software: Adobe Creative Cloud, Adobe Photoshop, Toon Boon
Harmony, Wacom Drawing Tablets

Ages: Students 12-18 Hours: 8:30AM – 5:00PM

Course Information

Get ready for a fun and meaningful camp experience through project-based learning

What Students Learn

  • The Animation pre-production pipeline
  • Illustrating in Adobe Photoshop
  • Animating in Toon Boom Harmony
  • How to rig a character
  • How to create complex backgrounds
  • To create animated props
  • Tools like XSheets, node views and camera controls

What Students Create

  • Digital drawings
  • An illustrated pre-production packet
  • Character sheets and turnarounds
  • A short animation of their work
  • A rigged animated character
  • Production-ready backgrounds
  • Props and animated sets
  • An animated scene

More About This Course

Our 3D Modeling + Design courses prepare students with the skills they will need working in a professional 3D modeling, animation, and design environment. The Illustration & Animation Academy allows students to dive deep into digital illustration using Adobe Photoshop and animation using Toon Boom Harmony. Students will explore professional workflows as they develop animation and illustration skills working on original projects. You’ll complete two weeks by putting together an incredible portfolio of your work that can be shared with friends and family or included with a college submission.

The Teen Experience: Since 2002, Digital Media Academy has been encouraging and inspiring teens to become the next generation of developers, animators, filmmakers, photographers, designers, and engineers. In addition to developing teens’ interests and passions for the latest in new tech, our camps foster personal growth, confidence, and independence; preparing students for life beyond high school and college.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is any kind of artistic knowledge or experience required for this course?

No prior artistic knowledge or animation experience is required. Students will benefit from having an interest in illustration and animation.

Camp Overview + Schedule

Take a look at your camp schedule, learn more about tuition and explore add-ons.

Check-in and drop off
Hands-on STEM Instruction
Morning Break
Continued Instruction + Creation
Lunch Break
Back to the Classroom
Afternoon Break
Continued Classroom Time
Pick-up Begins
Pick-up Ends
Extended Day Begins

Tuition Includes

  Personalized feedback + Student Achievement Report

  Certificate of Completion

  Google Apps email account + unlimited cloud storage

  A 12-month license for Adobe Creative Cloud ($600 Value)

  Low staff to student ratios

  Alumni Club Membership

Friday Showcase

At the end of each week, attendees can invite their family and friends to join us for a showcase celebration to share their final projects. Learn more about the fun and exciting activities your child experienced during the week and have an opportunity to meet your child’s instructor. Presentations vary by course topic and instructors will highlight some of the important concepts covered during the week and possible next steps to continue your child’s learning. Arrive early as showcase begins at 3:00 and is typically finished by 4:00.

Camp Upgrades

Get the most out of your summer with Digital Media Academy when you add any or all of the following:

Lunch Plan

Make things easy and get lunch on campus so you don’t have to pack your own. Lunch Plans start at $95/week at select locations.

Overnight Housing

Stay in the dorms and eat on-campus, Sunday through Friday. Overnight Housing starts at $695/week where available.

Extended Day

Our flexible Extended Day option allows families to pick-up students as late as 6:00 PM from Monday to Thursday at all locations.

Weekend Stay

Add Weekend Stay and enjoy extra activities and day trips around the area. Weekend Stay starts at $380/weekend at select locations.

“It was really fun getting to work and learn with friends as well as a very helpful and funny teacher. I was able to get lots of feedback and help as I learned new things.”

Will R.

3D Modeling with Maya

Why Digital Media Academy?

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Top-Notch Staff

Educators, artists, and talented industry professionals with a passion for STEM education.

Well-Balanced Experience

Our students enjoy a balanced camp day with both in-class lessons and outdoor activities.

Project-Based Learning

Our curriculum sparks curiosity, builds confidence, and fosters teamwork and collaboration.

Safety Matters

Our staff is First-Aid + CPR certified and have completed national background checks.