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Digital Media Academy Opens at Historic Harvard, UCLA and University of Chicago

The morning chill was broken by the excitement of check-in, at Digital Media Academy’s computer summer camps at Harvard, UCLA and The University of Chicago today. After DMA staff worked to prepare the locations over a four-day setup, DMA instructors and campers finally got down to the business of summer camp.

Part of DMA’s Harvard Staff prepares to meet campers.

During the weeks ahead, student campers will be learning how to design video games…how to create professionally produced movies…how to build amazing web sites…how to make an app for iPhone or Android…how to shoot digital photos like a pro…how to program a robot or computer…or music production or image editing (using iPhoto and Photoshop). They’re not only having fun; they’re creating the future! And they’re doing at while experiencing campus life at some of the best universities in the nation.

Harvard & Its History
Harvard – arguably the most prestigious university in the world. Here, DMA’s Residential Campers arrived over the weekend, eager to begin receiving hands-on professional instruction in emerging technologies – like digital filmmaking, 3D video game design, programming & robotics, 3D modeling & digital art, and music and post production.

One of DMA’s Harvard studios/classrooms…ready to greet future video game designers.

Harvard’s not only America’s finest institution of learning; it was also the nation’s first, founded way back in 1636. Most people don’t realize that Harvardwas also the first corporation ever chartered in the U.S. Harvard has the largest financial endowment of any academic institution in the world (in 2010, it exceeded $27 billion) and claims the largest academic library in the nation, with more than 16 million books. Harvard represents the biggest and the best in American higher education.

Teens enrolled in the Digital Filmmaking and Digital Photography courses wait to start their first day at UCLA.

Harvard alumni’s include eight U. S. presidents – from John Adams to John F. Kennedy and including President Barack Obama, who attended Harvard Law School – and some 75 people affiliated with the school (either as a student, faculty or staff member) have won the Nobel Prize.

Future 2D and 3D animators.

Among Harvard’s living alumni are more than 60 billionaires, including Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Microsoft’s Bill Gates. Funnyman Conan O’Brien went there, too, as well as loads of Oscar-winning actors and actresses, such as Matt Damon, Natalie Portman, Jack Lemmon, Ashley Judd and Tommy Lee Jones – who inhabited the same residence suite as fellow grad and U.S. vice president, Al Gore.

Teens at UCLA look forward to Photography, Digital Filmmaking and Video Game Creation.

And this summer (running from this week through the week ending August 12), DMA students will experience the rich heritage of Harvard University as they explore their creative passion in a variety of areas and get personalized training in different digital arts.

Adventurers at UCLA! Suited up and ready to start the day!

UCLA, in the Heart of Screenland
Located in Westwood, the movie premiere capital of Los Angeles, the UCLA Bruins are ranked by High Impact Universities as one of only two universities (the other being Harvard) which have all their faculty ranked within the top 10. The UCLA campus is diverse and offers a great atmosphere for both residential campers and commuting day campers.

At UCLA, DMA’s student campers and their parents line up to get signed in and meet the DMA staff.

DMA also opened its location at the University of Chicago. In the next few weeks, Digital Media Academy computer camps across the U.S. and Canada will begin classes at the Univ. of British Columbia in Vancouver (July 4th), the Univ. of Texas at Austin (July 11th), George Washington University (July 11th), the Univ. of California San Diego (July 11th), and Swarthmore College (July 25th). Classes began last week at DMA’s flagship program at Stanford University (in Palo Alto, CA) and Philadelphia’s Drexel University.

DMA courses are offered for all ages of kids and teens and are geared to individual skill levels. Both one-week camps and two-week academies are available, and there is still time to reserve a spot for computer camp during Summer 2011.


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