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Animation Summer Program for High School Students

Why Take High School Animation

Dive deeper into the constantly evolving world of animation and learn how digital animation is transforming storytelling and visual language. Under the guidance of leading professionals, at our animation camp you’ll discover the history, fundamentals, and current best practices of animation as you work individually and collaboratively to create your own short films. Each three-week session explores different animation topics and welcomes both beginners and seasoned visual storytellers.

What You'll Learn

  • Understand the pipeline process of digital animation from first pitch to finished project
  • Discuss the fundamentals of movement as they pertain to a variety of animation fields
  • Explore relevant history of animation
  • Gain hands-on experience with industry-standard animation software based on the objectives of our professional animators

At the end of your session, your work will be featured in a student showcase in our 180-seat, 4K high-definition, state-of-the-art projection space.

Come join us for a summer art camp you won't forget!

Portfolio Requirements


Program Snapshot
Program Length
3 weeks
Program Dates
  • SESSION 1: June 23, 2024 to July 13, 2024
  • SESSION 2: July 14, 2024 to August 4, 2024
Age Range
High School (Grades 9-12)
  • SESSION 1: Accepting applications
  • SESSION 2: Accepting applications

Program Highlights

Animation Screenings

Each session will conclude with a screening of your work in front of an audience, which takes place at our projection space inside the DeRoy Center for Film Studies.

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, classrooms equipped with cutting-edge technology, a soundstage, and a 180-seat 2K HD projection space—it's the same projection you'll find at your local cinema allowing films to be seen and heard the way the director intended.

Additional Opportunities

The Film & New Media program offers additional summer programs that might interest High School Animation students, including Screenwriting and Filmmaking. 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

With dozens of professional credits to their names, our Animation faculty members are some of the world's finest filmmakers—and this summer, you'll have the opportunity to learn right alongside them.

Please note the gallery may showcase previous instructors.

All faculty

Joshua Harrell

Joshua Harrell

Instructor of Film & New Media

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
  • James Suhr, art director and film storyboarding director known for Despicable Me, Gravity Falls, and Dogs in Space.

I've never been immersed so much in animation before. Interlochen has allowed me to explore different types of animations. I would have never thought to do stop-motion or even puppet animation.

Isabella, Animation

Arts Camp animators and actors collaborate on voice-over projects

Go behind the scenes as Interlochen Arts Camp’s animation students work with acting students to record voice-overs for their original animation projects at Interlochen Public Radio.