Digital Media Academy

Frequently Asked Questions

Founded in 1999 on the campus of Stanford University to provide technology education to K12 teachers and develop technology immersion courses for students. In 2002, the Academy for New Media became Digital Media Academy and greatly expanded its technology education programs and operated in the most prestigious universities: Stanford University, Harvard University, Oxford University, NYU, UPenn, U Chicago, U Washington, UCLA, UC San Diego, UBC, U Toronto, and others. Since then, Digital Media Academy has delivered applied technology education to over 500,000+ students in 1,100+ schools in 125+ countries online and in-person.

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Tech Camps are our flagship learning experiences that we have been developing and delivering for 20+ years. Each course is infused with hands-on, project-based learning, designed to equip students with 21st-century technology skills! Students will engage in real-world problem solving and collaborate with fellow students to create solutions to some of the world’s biggest problems.

Tech Accelerators are the newest evolution of learning experiences that Digital Media Academy has to offer. Each Tech Accelerator Career Track contains an 8-level learning sequence, designed to prepare students for 21st-century careers and higher-education. Tech Accelerators are different from our flagship Tech Camps courses because each course contains more than just the tech skill learning. You will build a professional Future-Key Portfolio (FKP) demonstrating your skill and ability to respond to real clients, preparing you for college, university or employment. These courses are designed to provide deep-skill learning and are, therefore, 2 lessons per week. Each course also includes real-world client brief, termly masterclasses, professional mentorship, and much more. (send client the link to the Tech Accelerators page here)

Registration is easy! Simply select the "Course" tab at the top of your screen. Then, filter your results using the guide on the left side of your screen. After making your course selection, you'll be able to add the item to your cart and complete registration from there.

Although Digital Media Academy does not yet offer college credits, we will help you add to your educational portfolio by issuing a Certificate of Completion to you upon the fulfilment of each course.

See Terms and Conditions under Cancelation, Payments+Refunds that apply:

English is the language of instruction at Digital Media Academy. Students who want to join a Digital Media Academy course must have a level of English sufficient to participate and be successful in the learning process. Additionally, Digital Media Academy is happy to provide bilingual instructors/translators for our Group programs. For more information, please contact us directly at [email protected]

(Virtual Camps , Virtual After-school and Self-paced)

Learners may join the Tech Accelerator programs at different entry points depending on your prior experience and knowledge. Newcomers to the subject start at Level 1. If you have taken a Digital Media Academy course in the same subject area previously, you are likely a best fit to join us at Level 2. Our overall goal is you for you to join this program at the right level for your learning. If you are unsure what level to join us at, please email [email protected] or schedule a "meet an education advisor" meeting and we will help you to make the right decision.

Digital Media Academy virtual courses observe all national statutory holidays in both Canada and the United States. You will receive your confirmed lesson schedule 2-weeks prior to the beginning of each term. If you regular lesson falls on a national holiday, it will be rescheduled within the same week to the nearest day available for an “All-in”, group lesson. These lessons are treated as a unique opportunity to bring our groups together for expert-led workshops, presentation days, challenges, and more in-depth learning.

Yes! All our Virtual Camps are teacher-led programs.

Adventures = Max 7
Teens = Max 6-10

Please refer to the "Course Requirements" tab, found on each individual course page prior to registration.

Digital Media Academy will provide each learner with a Google Workspace account prior to the start of lessons. Full classroom login instructions will be sent to the parent and student 14-days or more prior to the start of each term. Digital Media Academy uses Google Classroom and all other Google Workspace tools to enhance the learning experience for our students. Students will use Google Meet for their virtual classroom and Google Classroom to keep track of their assignments and deadlines. No prior experience with Google Workspace is required.

As stated in our Terms and Conditions, for safety, Digital Media Academy records every virtual lesson. Copies of lesson recordings cannot be provided due to child protection policies.

Our class sizes are designed to ensure the highest quality learning experience for your child. On average, our Virtual Camps allow for 8 students per instructor.

Adventure courses are designed for age 9-12 and Teen courses for age 13-18. If you believe your child may be ready for a teen course at age 12, please reach out to us at [email protected] to request an exception.

Digital Media Academy designs it's courses to fit within the given week and ensures we make the most out of each day your student is with us. Due to this, all On-Campus and Virtual Camp courses will still run during holidays.

On-Campus Tech Camps

All of our courses require the student to bring their own device(s) and equipment to be used for the duration of the course. Be sure to read the "Course Requirement" tab on each course page carefully to ensure you have (or can order) the required equipment prior to the course start date.

Lunch programs are available for purchase at most locations. Details regarding food offered, as well as dietary options, will be provided once we are within 6 weeks of the start of the program.

Yes, orientation will take place at 9am on the Monday your program begins. The specific Location Information can be found within your Digital Media Academy Welcome Packet (provided 6 weeks before the start of your registration).

Classroom capacity has been set by each facility to ensure a safe learning environment. This will be fully compliant with all health regulations and guidelines set forth by the campus as well as local authorities.

Our On-campus Programs will run Monday-Friday 9am-4:30pm.

Pick-up and drop-off information is location specific and will be shared with the Primary Account Holder of a registered student via your Digital Media Academy Welcome Packet.

Digital Media Academy designs it's courses to fit within the given week and ensures we make the most out of each day your student is with us. Due to this, all On-Campus and Virtual Tech Camp courses will still run during holidays.

This will be issued to the Primary Account Holder of a registered student 6 weeks before the start of your program.

Tech Accelerators
English is the language of instruction at Digital Media Academy. Students who want to join a Tech Accelerator program must have a level of English sufficient to participate and be successful in the learning process. As our courses are technically rigorous, even for native English speakers, you may never have encountered the terminology before. If you do not consider yourself fluent in English, we advise against you signing up for our programs. If you are unsure whether you are "fluent" in English, please take the following test (you should be at a minimum B2 level to be considered "fluent" in English): https://learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.org/content