Digital Media Academy PRO Courses

Digital Media Academy PRO courses have been developed and delivered at prestigious Universities including Stanford since 2002.

Digital Media Academy PRO Courses teach students hands-on skills and competencies to innovate and invent by harnessing the creative potential of technology. Our PRO Courses are the best place for students to get their start as designers, developers, programmers, engineers, animators, musicians, filmmakers, and creators. Digital Media Academy’s PRO Courses use professional hardware and software and may require an instructor or educator with specialized knowledge.

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Illustration & Animation Academy

Students Ages 12-18 | 2-Week Course

Develop Your Illustration and Animation Portfolio

  • Develop storyboards, create characters and build production-ready assets to be used for films, commercials even video games.
  • Use modern art creation tools like Toon Boom Harmony and Adobe Photoshop, 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.

Students in this course receive Adobe Creative Cloud for up to one year!

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3D Modeling & Animation Academy

Students Ages 12-18 | 2-Week Course

Build Your Portfolio of 3D Models, Characters, and Animations

  • Become a well-rounded 3D artist capable of using modeling software in games, film, and tv with this course.
  • Develop an understanding of the storytelling and character animation process with the industry-standard 3D software, Autodesk Maya.
  • Learn, discover, create, and enjoy learning with other passionate creators.

Students in this course receive Adobe Creative Cloud for up to one year!

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Intro to 2D Animation & Digital Illustration

Students Ages 12-18 | 1-Week Course

Draw and Illustrate Your Own Animations

  • Look at the professional animation pipeline, strongly focusing on illustrative pre-production.
  • Utilize industry-standard tools like Adobe Photoshop and Toon Boom Harmony to create animations.
  • Create 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.

Students in this course receive Adobe Creative Cloud for up to one year!

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2D Animation Production & Character Development

Students Ages 12-18 | 1-Week Course

Create an Animation and Illustration Portfolio

  • Use art production tools Toon Boom Harmony and Adobe Photoshop to create production-ready assets and learn the ins and outs of being on the front lines of a production studio.
  • Learn tools like X-Sheets, node viewers, character rigging, and camera controls to be an effective production artist.
  • Turn your passion for cartoons and illustrations into a career with 2D animation production.

Students in this course receive Adobe Creative Cloud for up to one year!

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Intro to 3D Modeling with Maya

Students Ages 12-18 | 1-Week Course

Model Your Own 3D Character

  • Become a well-rounded 3D artist capable of using modeling software in games, film, and tv with this course.
  • After learning the basics of Maya’s UI and tools, students will practice creating complex shapes and models.
  • Once students are comfortable with basic modeling concepts, advanced skills and techniques will be taught as students model their own human character and create textures before rendering their final model.

Students in this course receive Adobe Creative Cloud for up to one year!

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3D Character Animation with Maya

Students Ages 12-18 | 1-Week Course

Animate Your Own 3D Characters

  • Develop an understanding of the storytelling and character animation process with the industry-standard 3D software, Autodesk Maya.
  • Students will learn how to bring characters to life, using lighting, settings, and camera angles.
  • By the end of the week students will have an understanding of keyframing, facial expressions, character poses, object modeling and the pre-production process.

Students in this course receive Adobe Creative Cloud for up to one year!

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Graphic Design with Photoshop & Illustrator

Students Ages 12-18 | 1-Week Course

Build Your Graphic Design Portfolio

  • Students will start out learning the fundamentals of graphic design, using the Adobe Creative Suite and project-based learning.
  • Students will also 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.

Students in this course receive Adobe Creative Cloud for up to one year!

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Adventures in 3D Printing & Modeling

Students Ages 9-12 | 1-Week Course

Create and Print Your Own 3D Models 

  • Become empowered with the fundamental understanding of 3D printing and experience with the software and hardware that are responsible for custom 3D printing.
  • Students will use a CAD (computer-aided design) software program called Tinkercad and learn how to break down real-world objects into 3D shapes.
  • Each student will leave camp with four custom-designed 3D-printed objects.

Students in this course receive Adobe Creative Cloud for up to one year!

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Software Development & Coding Academy

Students Ages 12-18 | 2-Week Course

Create, Run and Build Software Like a Professional

  • Students will have the opportunity to open many doors with the coding knowledge they gain while using Java and React to develop apps, games, and drawings.
  • Create a game or animation of their choice using their newly developed coding skills.
  • Students leave our computer programming courses with skills nad knowledge that sets them on the path to a career in computer science and engineering.

Students in this course receive Adobe Creative Cloud for up to one year!

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Artificial Intelligence Academy

Students Ages 12-18 | 2-Week Course

Use Python to Build Advanced AI Neural Nets

  • Take a closer look at machine learning tools like the leading development language for AI Python, and use them to do amazing things.
  • Teach a computer to play your favorite game, create interactive simulations, or train it to find patterns a human could not see.
  • Using programming and mastery of algorithms, your student will find uses for computers that they never thought were possible!

Students in this course receive Adobe Creative Cloud for up to one year!

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Intro to Java Programming

Students Ages 12-18 | 1-Week Course

Design and Code Your Own App or Game

  • Learn to use Processing commands to learn the basics of programming and create your own drawings and animations.
  • Learn Object Oriented programming in Java to create multi-class games or applications.
  • Develop skills and knowledge of programming workflows and essentials as you create your own games, apps, animations.

Students in this course receive Adobe Creative Cloud for up to one year!

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Mobile App Development with React

Students Ages 12-18 | 1-Week Course

Develop Applications and Software like the Pros

  • Use React Native, the development tool of choice for professionals to create mobile applications for multiple platforms including iOS, Android, and Windows Mobile.
  • Students will learn to weave together new skills in HTML, Javascript, and CSS to create useful and fun apps.
  • By the end of the week, students will learn to create strong user interfaces and apps or games of their choice.

Students in this course receive Adobe Creative Cloud for up to one year!

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Intro to Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning with Python

Students Ages 12-18 | 1-Week Course

Learn Python and Build Neural Nets

  • Teach a computer to play your favorite game, create interactive simulations, or train it to find patterns a human could not see.
  • Use programming and mastery of algorithms while finding uses for computers that you never thought possible!
  • Discover how deep learning can be used to solve many challenges by creating an implemented Neural Net to solve a challenge.

Students in this course receive Adobe Creative Cloud for up to one year!

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Applied Data Science & Artificial Intelligence with Python

Students Ages 12-18 | 1-Week Course

Build Neural Nets to Play Games and Do Your Homework

  • Students will build a digital machine that can do a book report and have the opportunity to build neural nets that play games and translate text.
  • At the beginning of the week, students will explore how artificial intelligence applies to data, tools, and services then learn how they can apply AI to their own projects.
  • By the end of the week, students will dive in the theory and math of machine learning, and solve data problems using those skills and strategies.

Students in this course receive Adobe Creative Cloud for up to one year!

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Adventures in Coding & Artificial Intelligence

Students Ages 9-12 | 1-Week Course

Discover Coding and AI with Python

  • At the beginning of the week, students will get a chance to explore the world of artificial intelligence and machine learning, understanding how it affects our lives today and how it can be used for projects.
  • Students will learn the basics of coding in Python.
  • By the end of the week, students will have learned the foundations of programming and training machine learning models, creating dynamic, ‘smart’ projects like chatbots, image recognizers, and more.

Students in this course receive Adobe Creative Cloud for up to one year!

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Filmmaking Academy

Students Ages 12-18 | 2-Week Course

Produce and Direct Your Own Video Productions and Films

  • Take a deep dive into the filmmaking process from pre to post production over two weeks of learning using premium Canon cameras and Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects.
  • Discover the subtle art of cinematography, lighting, and sound design as well as basic VFX while exploring genres that include narrative, music videos, documentaries and more!
  • Develop a professional workflow from pre-production to post-production using industry standard tools like Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe After Effects, and DSLR cameras.

Students in this course receive Adobe Creative Cloud for up to one year!

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Digital Photography & Graphic Design Academy

Students Ages 12-18 | 1-Week Course

Create Digital Content and Images like a Pro

  • Students will learn the ins and outs of graphic design using the industry’s leading software: Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.
  • 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.
  • Whether your student is considering a career in graphic design or photography, this course will give them a deep dive into the fundamentals.

Students in this course receive Adobe Creative Cloud for up to one year!

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Intro to Filmmaking

Students Ages 12-18 | 1-Week Course

Create an Original Short Film

  • Using the latest equipment, techniques, and software students will learn the ins and outs of video production and make films while using the editing suite trusted by the professionals: Adobe Premiere and Creative Cloud.
  • Students will learn the basic principles of short narrative filmmaking: screenplay structure, camera functionality, camera operation, and role descriptions.
  • Students will produce two to three short film projects from start to finish, learning from each experience as they share, reflect and receive constructive feedback.

Students in this course receive Adobe Creative Cloud for up to one year!

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Filmmaking & Visual Effects with After Effects

Students Ages 12-18 | 1-Week Course

Create a Film From Script to Screen

  • Students will learn about title design and basic visual effects or VFX with Adobe Photoshop and Adobe After Effects, before launching their short film project.
  • Students will learn how to use a green screen effectively, just like Hollywood professionals do!
  •  Additionally, students will gain a basic knowledge of sound design for video and film production with Adobe Premiere Pro.

Students in this course receive Adobe Creative Cloud for up to one year!

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Intro to Digital Photography & Photoshop

Students Ages 12-18 | 2-Week Course

Compose, Shoot, and Edit Digital Photographs

  • Students will learn how to create stunning digital photography and enhance imagery in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop.
  • Your student 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.

Students in this course receive Adobe Creative Cloud for up to one year!

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Adventures in Filmmaking

Students Ages 9-12 | 1-Week Course

Imagine and Create Your Own Movie

  • Get started on your adventure to making your own films!
  • While creating a short commercial or similar project, students practice shooting and editing techniques to create a cohesive movie and apply the design thinking process to peer critiquing.
  • Over the last three days, students will continue to develop their filmmaking skills while completing a final (passion) project of their choice.

Students in this course receive Adobe Creative Cloud for up to one year!

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Adventures in Animation

Students Ages 9-12 | 1-Week Course

Imagine and Create Your Own Animated Movie

  • Create drawings and bring them to life, using production techniques such as timelines and keyframes in Toon Boom Harmony™- the same software used to create Spongebob and many more popular cartoons.
  •  Work as part of a team and make friends who share your interests as you explore other animation techniques like claymation and “humanimation”.
  • At the end of the week, you take home a stop-motion-animated short film to share with family and friends.

Students in this course receive Adobe Creative Cloud for up to one year!

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Game Development Academy with VR

Students Ages 12-18 | 1-Week Course

Develop Your Own Game from Concept to Deployment

  • Using the industry-leading Unity development framework you’ll spend two weeks building new worlds, developing games with Unity, and creating your own game or virtual reality experience.
  • Learn the power of programming while creating two guided projects: flappy bird and a space shooter.
  • At the end of the Academy, students will take home a Google Cardboard, a portable VR viewer that can be used with your phone to view the worlds you create.

Students in this course receive Adobe Creative Cloud for up to one year!

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Intro to Game Design with Unity

Students Ages 12-18 | 1-Week Course

Design and Code Your Own Game

  • Create your own game with assets and mechanics of their choice.
  • At the beginning of the week, students will practice using the Unity editor to create levels and environments, program mechanics in C# and create a few guided projects.
  • At the end of the week, students will work together or independently to create their own game with assets and mechanics of their choice.

Students in this course receive Adobe Creative Cloud for up to one year!

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Game Development with Unity & VR

Students Ages 12-18 | 1-Week Course

Create and Develop Immersive Experiences

  • Learn the skills you need to create virtual reality games and experiences for your mobile phone or headset.
  • Use the same tools to create an augmented reality story or game.
  • Start creating the next Pokemon Go, or take your friends on an interactive tour of your favorite place. The possibilities are endless with such an immersive experience!

Students in this course receive Adobe Creative Cloud for up to one year!

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Adventures in Game Design

Students Ages 9-12 | 1-Week Course

Design and Build a Game with Stencyl

  • Showcase your personality by creating a game that’s as unique as yourself!
  • Discover the immersive world of game development and learn key game design principles including game theory, character creation, digital storytelling, and publishing.
  • You’ll build and customize game elements using Adobe Photoshop and practice problem-solving.

Students in this course receive Adobe Creative Cloud for up to one year!

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Audio & Music Production Academy

Students Ages 12-18 | 2-Week Course

Produce and Mix Your Own Music

  • Explore professional music production as you learn how to use the most important tools of the industry, like Ableton Live.
  • Create and modify sounds while learning layering, mixing, and sampling. You’ll program your own beats while making your digital music.
  • Learn the fundamentals of music production while creating original compositions, mashups or remixes.

Students in this course receive Adobe Creative Cloud for up to one year!

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Intro to Music Production with Ableton Live

Students Ages 12-18 | 1-Week Course

Create Your Own Beats and Music

  • Students will learn all about music production and create their own music while developing audio production skills.
  • Students will also learn important music theory that explains what makes an effective melody, why rhythm has a groove, and how mixing can free up space in a mix.
  • Topics covered include beat production, audio vs. MIDI recordings, wavetable synthesis, creative sampling, mixing and mastering.

Students in this course receive Adobe Creative Cloud for up to one year!

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Music Production & Songwriting with Ableton

Students Ages 12-18 | 1-Week Course

Mix and Master Your Own Music

  • Learn the creative process of songwriting and the technical theory behind modern day music and songs.
  • Understand the process of music production, essential music theory, and how to compose music.
  • Combine different types of sounds that are inspired by styles of music and how to record and edit a live performance in Ableton Live 10.

Students in this course receive Adobe Creative Cloud for up to one year!

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Adventures in Music Production

Students Ages 9-12 | 1-Week Course

Make Your Own Music with Ableton

  • Learn the basics of music (pitch, rhythm, melody, timbre, texture, dynamics), and how to use professional music recording software for creating and recording  your musical ideas.
  • Understand the science of sound and synthesis and how to loop musical ideas in Ableton Live’s session view.
  • At the end of the week, students will have created their own arrangement and production of an existing popular song and will have learned the basics of music production.

Students in this course receive Adobe Creative Cloud for up to one year!

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Robotics & Engineering Academy

Students Ages 12-18 | 1-Week Course

Design, Build, and Program Your Own Creations

  • Learn how to build and program a robot using Arduino and a pi-top laptop using Python and take it home!
  • Understand signal processing and electronic circuit building while creating basic code that they will be able to modify themselves for future projects.
  • Harness the power of the internet as you create electrical gadgets that respond to internet data!

Students in this course receive Adobe Creative Cloud for up to one year!

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Build a Robot with Arduino

Students Ages 12-18 | 1-Week Course

Build and Program a Robot to Take Home

  • This course provides a great introduction to the world of robotics and electrical engineering.
  • Students will move from basic programming and electronic circuit concepts to building the robot and exploring each sensor and actuator’s capabilities by programming with Arduino to perform automated tasks.
  • The week ends with a selection of two final challenges: a maze navigation course and a balloon pop battle!

Students in this course receive Adobe Creative Cloud for up to one year!

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Build and Program a Laptop with Python

Students Ages 12-18 | 1-Week Course

Build and Program a Laptop with Python

  • Explore the internet of things through building and programming a pi-top [3] laptop: the perfect tool to help you learn to code, create awesome devices, and take your knowledge to the next level.
  •  Learn the basics of Python, physical computing with the Pi, and how to use the Pi’s internet connectivity to communicate with it remotely.
  • Build your own unique projects using the Raspberry Pi and a variety of sensors.

Students in this course receive Adobe Creative Cloud for up to one year!

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Adventures in Robotics & Coding with LEGO

Students Ages 9-12 | 1-Week Course

Learn Robotics and Coding with LEGO

  • Design, build and program robots using LEGO’s most accessible robotics technology – the powerful LEGO Boost Robot.
  • LEGO Boost features an easy-to-use programming language that lets students immediately begin simple robotics programming and then advance into developing more complex algorithms.
  • Students work in pairs or individually to complete projects and compete in an exciting tournament.

Students in this course receive Adobe Creative Cloud for up to one year!

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