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.

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 Tablet (Take-Home Device), Slik U8000 Tripod (Take-Home Item)
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 Tablet (Take-Home Device), Slik U8000 Tripod (Take-Home Item)

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

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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.

Download the Complete Course Guide

Learn more about our Digital Photography & Graphic Design Academy 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.

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If camp is canceled due to COVID-19 you’ll receive full credit for Summer 2021. Terms.
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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 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

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 are experienced and trained to provide a learning environment that is safe and ideal for learning.