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Digital Photography & Graphic Design Academy

Two-Week Academy | Ages 12-18

Digital Photography & Graphic Design Academy

Two-Week Academy | Ages 12-18

Create Digital Content and Images like a Pro

Every image we see in media today is created using digital photography and image editing software. Whether students are considering a graphic design career or curious about how it all works this course will give them a deep dive into the fundamentals. Developing your own portfolio of digital art is at the heart of this course where students learn the ins and outs of graphic design using the industry’s leading software: Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.

Students in this academy receive a one year license for Adobe Creative Cloud!

Week 1, Intro to Digital Photography & Photoshop: Students will learn how to create stunning digital photography and enhance imagery in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. Students will build up their digital photography techniques first, then transition to developing their software and editing skills. By the end of the course, students will have a portfolio of professionally shot and edited photographs, and an understanding of how the photography industry works.

Week 2, Graphic Design with Photoshop & Illustrator: Students will start out learning the fundamentals of graphic design, using the Adobe Creative Suite and project-based learning. They will learn the design process, color theory, typography, and how to recreate professional media and advertisements. At the end of the week, students will have a portfolio of designs and develop a final project piece that allows them to focus on their passion and emulates a real-world client.

Join Digital Media Academy for this two-week academy to develop your graphic design and photography expertise.

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

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

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

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

Course Information

Get ready for a fun and impactful educational experience through project-based learning

What Students Learn

  • How to curate an online portfolio of their artwork
  • The elements of a good composition
  • The effect of aperture, shutter speed, and ISO changes
  • How to troubleshoot and fix a “bad photo”
  • Photo manipulation techniques
  • How to organize and improve photos in post-production
  • How to use Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and Lightroom
  • How to incorporate resources from the web into their designs

What Students Create

  • A portfolio of digital creations that simulates real-world client work
  • Portraits, landscapes, closeup, and product shots
  • A fast and efficient way to batch edit many photos at once
  • A series of images that tells a story
  • Original compositions and digital illustrations
  • Recreations of professional advertisements

About Photography and Design Courses

Our design courses prepare students with the skills they will need working in professional design, illustration, and animation careers. The Digital Photography and Graphic Design Academy empowers students with the skills that photographers and graphic designers use every day. Students in this course will receive a one year license for Adobe Creative Cloud. Students will explore professional design workflows working on original projects. You’ll complete two weeks with a portfolio of your work that can be shared with friends and family or included with a college submission. Explore more photography and filmmaking courses. Explore more design courses.

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. No prior artistic knowledge or animation experience is required. This is an introductory course.

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

  Diploma or Certificate of Completion

  Full Adobe Creative Cloud license for up to 12 months

  Unlimited Google Apps and Email Account

  Low staff to student ratios

  Take home select technology hardware

  Alumni Club Benefits

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.

“Making new friends and being with them at free time and activities was really cool. Making a website at the end of the week to put my projects on made me really proud and even more excited about my work.”

Jenna H.

Graphic Design

Why Digital Media Academy?

You can count on us to deliver on all the things that truly matter. We pinky swear.

The Best Staff

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

A 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, while fostering teamwork and collaboration.

Safety Matters

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