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Intro to 2D Animation & Digital Illustration

One-Week Course | Ages 12-18

Intro to 2D Animation & Digital Illustration

One-Week Course | Ages 12-18

Created by Austin F. at Stanford.

Draw and Illustrate Your Own Animations

Drawing and Illustration have never been more exciting as students use professional graphic design software and hardware to bring their characters to life and animate them. Students in this course will come away with the basic knowledge and experience of professional illustration and animation.

At the beginning of the week, students will look at the professional animation pipeline, strongly focusing on illustrative pre-production. Students will utilize industry-standard tools like Adobe Photoshop and Toon Boom Harmony.

By the end of the week, students will have created a production packet or portfolio of illustrated works and apply those creations to a final animation, replicating the process industry professionals follow in major studios.

Receive up to 12 months of Adobe Creative Cloud by registering today ($600 Value). Students in this course will also receive a Take-Home Wacom Pen Tablet.

Staff Ratio: 12:1
Hardware + Software: Laptop 1:1, Adobe Photoshop, Toon Boom Harmony + Wacom Drawing Tablet (Take-Home Device)

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

Staff Ratio: 12:1
Hardware + Software: Laptop 1:1, Adobe Photoshop, Toon Boon
Harmony + Wacom Drawing Tablet (Take-Home Device)

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

  • The animation pre-production pipeline
  • Illustrating in Adobe Photoshop
  • Animating in Toon Boom Harmony

What Students Create

  • Digital drawings
  • An illustrated pre-production portfolio
  • Character sheets and turnarounds
  • A short animation showcasing their work

About Design and Animation Courses

Our 3D Modeling + Design courses prepare students with the skills they will need working in a professional 3D modeling, animation, and design environment. Intro to 2D Animation & Digital Illustration allows students to explore digital illustration using Adobe Photoshop and animation with Toon Boom Harmony. Students will explore professional workflows as they develop animation and illustration skills working on original projects. You’ll complete the week by putting together a portfolio of your work that can be shared with friends and family or included with a college submission. Explore more design and animation 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.

Learn More About This Course

Learn more about Intro to 2D Animation & Digital Illustration by taking an in-depth look at the syllabus for this course.

Our project-based approach to learning sparks curiosity, builds confidence, and fosters teamwork as students seek solutions to real-world problems. Do you have additional questions about selecting the perfect course? Contact our friendly Academic Advisors.

Update for this course

Due to COVD-19 sales have been suspended as we await word from our University partners on if Tech Camps will happen on campus this summer.

Contact info@digitalmediaacademy.org for more.

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 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.

“I had an such a great time developing my animations and illstrations. I wish I could have stayed for longer than one week to work on my projects!”

Sharon L.

Intro to 2D Animation & Digital Illustration

Why Digital Media Academy?

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Passionate 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.