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Animation Summer Program for High School Students

Why Take High School Animation

Animation allows you to create worlds beyond the realm of your imagination and push the boundaries of what's "real." Nurture your creativity and develop a strong foundation in animation through a variety of hands-on experiences during our summer program.

What You'll Learn

Through daily instruction by industry leading professionals, student courses may include:

  • Digital animation
  • Stop-motion and cel animation
  • Storyboarding for animators
  • History of animation

At the end of the session, your work will be featured in a student showcase in our 180-seat 2K HD state-of-the-art projection space.

Portfolio Requirements

Program Snapshot
Program Length
3 weeks
Program Dates
  • June 26, 2021 to July 17, 2021
Age Range
High School (Grades 9-12)
  • Applications CLOSED

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, 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 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.

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.

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

What is animation? 

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