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Make A YouTube Channel: Animations and Digital Shorts

  • Price: $399/week
  • Age: 13 - 17
  • 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

  • Edit video and audio tracks
  • Create special effects and animations
  • Use animation and design tools
  • Practice character design and 2D animation/creative techniques
  • Make art to upload to social media
  • Translate visual inspiration to an effective digital portfolio

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. 

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 character and create a YouTube channel logo in Adobe Photoshop.

Next, students will learn the fundamentals of animation in Adobe Animate by creating their own bouncing ball animation.

As they progress, students will create storyboards to lay out their final project. Then, they will bring those storyboards into Adobe Animate and rough out the animation.

Students will finish up animations and then edit the scenes and sound together using Adobe Premiere.

To complete the week, students 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

A digital short can be thought of as a brief story created from a child’s imagination, concept sketches, and eventual animations. The process includes creating characters from scratch along with building the worlds which those characters call home. Storyboarding is a crucial step for anyone wanting to bring their animated stories to life!

Using the most powerful Adobe tools, from Photoshop and Animate to Premiere, students will edit video and audio, create special effects and animations, practice character design, make art for social media, and build an impressive digital portfolio. When teens’ artistic skills combine with the power of tech, their creativity can reach new heights.

Making engaging content takes more than just pressing “upload,” and the impressive STEAM skills teens can build in this course will speak volumes to future employers and prospective colleges. Whether your teen wants to become the next streaming sensation or animation powerhouse, 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,  art, brand development, 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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