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Animation Summer Program for Grades 6-9

Why Take Animation

Animation creates characters and worlds bound only by your imagination. This program is your chance to let your imagination run wild to become a visual storyteller, develop your creativity, and collaborate with fellow young artists. At Interlochen, you will develop the essential skills you need to effectively express yourself as an aspiring animator.

What You'll Learn

During your time at Interlochen, you'll have daily classes that explore the history of animation, the foundations of visual storytelling, and opportunities to try out a number of animation types—including: stop motion, hand-drawn, paper cutout, and digital techniques. Students will leave the program with an assortment of original short animated works.

Portfolio Requirements

Program Snapshot
Program Length
3 weeks
Program Dates
  • June 26, 2021 to July 17, 2021
Age Range
Intermediate (Grades 6-9)
  • Applications CLOSED

Program Highlights

DeRoy Center for Film Studies

Film & New Media courses are held inside of the DeRoy Center for Film Studies, the 26,000 square-foot home of Interlochen's Film & New Media Division. The facility touts four editing suites, a soundstage, a 180-seat 2K HD projection space—it's the same projection you'll find at your local cinema (films are seen and heard the way the director intended)—and classrooms are equipped with cutting-edge technology.

Additional Opportunities

The Film & New Media program also offers Intermediate Filmmaking as part of Interlochen Arts Camp. Interlochen is also home to the Arts Academy boarding high school, which offers a Film & New Media major for grades 9-12, as well as a post-graduate year.

Meet the Faculty

Our Animation faculty members have dozens of professional film and television credits to their names. They've worked on some of the world's biggest films and franchises—and this summer, you'll have the opportunity to learn alongside them.

All Faculty

Bailey Sitton

Bailey Sitton

Instructor of Animation

Aaron Mann

Aaron Mann

Instructor of Animation

Guest Artists

Recent guest artists to the Film & New Media Department during Interlochen Arts Camp include:

  • Robert Eggers, film director, screenwriter, and production designer known for The Witch and The Lighthouse.
  • Peter Gould, television writer, director, and producer known for Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul.
  • Janet Leahy, an Emmy Award-winning writer and producer known for Mad Men.
  • Michael Moore, Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker.
  • Gordon Radley, former president of George Lucas' Industrial Light & Magic.

What is animation?

Hear from Interlochen Arts Camp animation students about what is animation—and learn more about their experience in the program.