High School Animation Summer Program

During the three-week animation summer program, you will learn the foundations of animation through a variety of hands-on experiences, demonstrations, and exercises.

Program length: 3 weeks
Program dates:
June 27, 2020 to July 18, 2020
Tuition: $6,100
Age range: Students currently in grades 6-9
Currently accepting applications on a rolling admission basis.

Interlochen Arts Camp 2020 is pivoting this summer to Interlochen Online. Learn more about our interactive online summer arts series.

Guided by a faculty of professional filmmakers and animators, students receive daily instruction and time to practice new skills. Classes and topics include:

  • Digital Animation
  • Stop-Motion and Cel Animation
  • Storyboarding for Animators
  • History of Animation

All fully completed works are featured in an end-of-session showcase in our 180-seat 2K HD state-of-the-art projection space.


Tools and Resources

The Film and New Media department is centrally located on Interlochen's campus in the 26,000-square-foot DeRoy Center for Film Studies. Its features include four editing suites, a sound stage, a 180-seat 2K HD projection space, and classrooms equipped with cutting-edge technology. View 360-degree virtual tour.

Students may bring their own laptops for practice during their free hours. Your personal cameras and laptops will not be used for daily location production or editing class projects, but your equipment allows for individual practice of skills learned in class.

Portfolio Requirements

PDF file: 1-2 page personal essay detailing your interest in filmmaking and what inspired your application to Interlochen.

AND one of the following work samples:

  • PDF file: 5-page sample screenplay
  • PDF file: 5 pages of short fiction
  • Image files: 5 still images of visual arts (drawings, paintings, sculptures, etc.)
  • Video file: short video/film or animation

Additional Opportunities


Joshua Harrell

Instructor of Film and New Media, Animation, Interlochen Arts Camp

Assistant Professor, College for Creative Studies

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