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Make A YouTube Channel: Animation and Storytelling

  • Price: $399/week
  • Age: 10 - 12
  • Skill Level: Beginner–Advanced
  • Format: Virtual Tech Camps | Small-Group, Online
  • Duration: Weeklong program, 2 hours per day

About This Course

Creators flock to YouTube to show off their stories and vision through videos and commentary. But creating is more than just pressing the upload button. You'll need skills in some of the most powerful industry-wide programs in the Adobe Suite, from Photoshop and Animate to Premiere and beyond. Next time you have an idea, you’ll have the ability to follow through and bring it to life.

Tools: Adobe Creative Cloud, YouTube

Topics Covered

  • Design art and animation using drawing fundamentals
  • Practice visual storytelling through concepts and planning
  • Develop a digital portfolio
  • Create a unique online brand

Sample Schedule

In this course, students will learn how to create drawings, animations, and stories that they’ll upload to YouTube channels. Through a combination of interactive, instructor-led lessons, collaboration, and independent project work, they will take their artistic skills to a digital level! 

Here’s a sample of what a week in the course could look like! Please keep in mind that students will progress at varying paces; this is a general outline of the key material and overall student experience. 

Students will design a unique character and create a YouTube channel logo in Adobe Photoshop.

As students progress, they’ll learn the fundamentals of animation in Adobe Animate, including how to customize and animate a rigged puppet of a personal character.

To add dimension to their videos, students will animate a character to a custom sound file. Then, they’ll sketch out storyboards for their final project.

As they work towards a polished final project, students will edit and refine their videos in Adobe Premiere and incorporate animation and sound.

To complete the week, students will upload video projects to YouTube and create a portfolio of all of the work created this week.

Portfolio-Boosting Transcript

At the conclusion of your child's course, they will receive an official iD Tech transcript outlining the skills they learned over the course of the week.

Learn from the best.

Passion for tech. Unmatched expertise. Personality that brings out the absolute best in your child. With 23 years of experience, we know there's no replacement for the best teacher. It's no surprise that iconic companies like Google, EA, Microsoft, and Disney hire the same talent we do. Our iD Certified instructors possess the whole package of skills that top employers seek.

  • 100% USA-based, adult instructors

  • Recruited from top universities like Stanford, Caltech, and NYU

  • Rigorous background and reference checks

  • Robust training programs and certification

  • Adherence to American Camp Association accredited guidelines

Frequently Asked Questions

Sure, YouTube can be those things, but think about the person behind the video—what kinds of videos are they making, how are they creating those videos, and why are they spending time and resources to do so? Some top YouTube channels are in place to educate, others to entertain; some aim to monetize…and some, all of the above! Thus, YouTube offers a lot more than what initially meets the eye.

Most people have heard of STEM, but what about STEAM? By combining video editing, writing an awesome script, and the countless other techniques that go into YouTube streaming, kids can blend their interests across the humanities and STEM disciplines.

2 billion logged-in users visit YouTube every month: that translates to a lot of exciting careers and monetization opportunities! Whether your child wants to become the next streaming sensation or is looking to dip their toe in the water of a new STEAM hobby, learning to create great content can open doors to studying film, graphic design, monetizing an online business, and much more.

Yes, this course is designed for beginner to advanced students. Our small class size ensures that each student receives individual attention and has the freedom to learn at their own pace.

While we are proud to offer world-class experiences on many of the world’s most prestigious university campuses, we also recognize that many families need the flexibility of quality virtual learning! It’s with these families in mind that we’ve adapted the core elements of our flagship camps to an online format with our Virtual Tech Camps

Like our on-campus programs, Virtual Tech Camps feature structured small-group sessions led by expert instructors. Each week includes live  teaching of our signature, cutting-edge curriculum, plus peer collaboration, social time, and independent project work. To complete the experience, our Virtual Tech Camps incorporate all the magic of summer camp including games, challenges, and legendary iD traditions!

To run this online course with iD Tech, students will need a Mac or Windows computer (no Chromebooks, unless otherwise specified), Adobe Creative Cloud, a webcam, and a stable internet connection with access to Zoom video conferencing. Additional info on course-specific installation requirements will be communicated after registration.

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