Digital Culture Summer Institute

June 6-24, 2022

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The School of Arts, Media and Engineering annually hosts a summer program for students ages 12 to 18, featuring 5-day, project-focused workshops.

Students work directly with faculty and graduate students who are experts in their field. Open to students of all levels of experience, we offer a variety of interdisciplinary classes infused with ideas and practices from the arts, music, digital media, computer science, technology and engineering. Future makers, artists, designers, engineers, and entrepreneurs will learn skills valuable for the technology-infused, fast-paced 21st century. We are excited to work with you this summer - come spark your creativity integrating arts, science and engineering!

The June 2022 program will be in-person, on ASU’s Tempe Campus. There are three independent weeks of classes available. Students register for a Track that contains two classes, morning and afternoon. Cost is $375 per week if you register by May 1st. $425 if registering after May 1st.

(TRACK 1) Digital Imagery

June 6-10 | M-F | 9:00 AM–4:00 PM | Grades 6th-9th

How Computers See

Together we will use digital media examples to learn how computers think and see, and show how computers and cameras can be intelligent, savvy, and what artificial intelligence (AI) will be able to revolutionize in the future

Green Screen for Special Effects

Record, edit and star in your own green screen video. Learn about digital color, how chromakey works, and what role it plays in video production. Learn skills for video recording, editing and production.

(TRACK 2) Media Editing and Production

June 6-10 | M-F | 9:00 AM–4:00 PM | Grades 6th-9th

Digital Sound Design

Explore field recording, sampling, and manipulation of audio samples for use in games, film, and electronic music composition. Learn various digital audio workstations software and digital sound editing techniques.

Making a Film

Learning the basics of production and video editing. Students will learn the basics of camera movements, lighting, and production techniques. They will then shoot their own footage and edit it to create a short film. Students will learn how to edit on Adobe Premiere Rush.

(TRACK 3) Mixed and Virtual Reality

June 6-10 | M-F | 9:00 AM–4:00 PM | Grades 6th-9th

Virtual Worldbuilding with Unity and Blender

Students will build 3D worlds using two popular and available software programs, Unity and Blender. Students learn elements such as 3D modeling/texturing, animation, and visual effects. No coding requied.

Building Multiplayer Games and Interactions in Mixed Reality

Explore and create augmented and virtual reality gaming worlds and entry-level programming to create a multiplayer experience using Unity. Beginner and Intermediate Unity.

(TRACK 5) Digital Imagery

June 13-17 | M-F | 9:00 AM–4:00 PM | Grades 6th-9th

How Computers See

Together we will use digital media examples to learn how computers think and see, and show how computers and cameras can be intelligent, savvy, and what artificial intelligence (AI) will be able to revolutionize in the future

Computational Photography

Learn about the latest technologies influencing photography and digital images and use tools like Photoshop to create, combine, and manipulate images.

(TRACK 6) Media and Making

June 13-17 | M-F | 9:00 AM–4:00 PM | Grades 6th-9th

Parametric Jewelry

Learn how to code jewelry designs using Grasshopper, producing them via laser cutting and traditional jewelry making techniques! This course will explore the power of designing with code, the history of jewelry making, methods for designing wearables, and how to take an idea from concept to completion. Students will be using AME’s fabrication lab, and will also receive a tour of the space to gain a broader understanding of digital and traditional fabrication possibilities.

Green Screen for Special Effects

Record, edit and star in your own green screen video. Learn about digital color, how chromakey works, and what role it plays in video production. Learn skills for video recording, editing and production.

(TRACK 7) Creating Digital Media

June 13-17 | M-F | 9:00 AM–4:00 PM | Grades 9th-12th

3D Animation

Learn the fundamentals of 3d animation - model, animate and render using Blender.

BeatMaking in Ableton Live

Learn the fundamentals of electronic music composition and digital performance on midi controllers and iPads. Use Ableton Live to create, arrange, and perform.

(TRACK 8) Creating 21st Century Media

June 20-24 | M-F | 9:00 AM–4:00 PM | Grades 6th-9th

How Computers See

Together we will use digital media examples to learn how computers think and see, and show how computers and cameras can be intelligent, savvy, and what artificial intelligence (AI) will be able to revolutionize in the future

Parametric Jewelry

Learn how to code jewelry designs using Grasshopper, producing them via laser cutting and traditional jewelry making techniques! This course will explore the power of designing with code, the history of jewelry making, methods for designing wearables, and how to take an idea from concept to completion. Students will be using AME’s fabrication lab, and will also receive a tour of the space to gain a broader understanding of digital and traditional fabrication possibilities.

(TRACK 9) Creating Digital Media

June 20-24 | M-F | 9:00 AM–4:00 PM | Grades 6th-9th

BeatMaking in Ableton Live

Learn the fundamentals of electronic music composition and digital performance on midi controllers and iPads. Use Ableton Live to create, arrange, and perform.

Writing with Robots

Explore the world of language and artificial intelligence. Build twitterbots, use AI to write jokes, compose short stories with some computational help and more!

(TRACK 10) Visual and Interactive Media

June 20-24 | M-F | 9:00 AM–4:00 PM | Grades 9th-12th

Code for Games

Learn how to code by creating your own game! Write a program for a game using the C# programming language and the Unity game development engine, an industry standard and free-for-students game development tool. Learn the fundamentals of code and game development and work with media assets like images and sounds.

Computational Photography

Learn about the latest technologies influencing photography and digital images and use tools like Photoshop to create, combine, and manipulate images.

Statement regarding COVID-19

Arizona State University continues to closely monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in coordination with federal, state, and local health and emergency preparedness organizations. As new information becomes available, the university will continue to provide updates for the ASU community. The health of students and community members remains a top priority at ASU. We encourage you to stay up-to-date on ASU’s COVID-19 management strategy and updates by visiting this website. Should the status of our program change due to updates to the ASU COVID response strategy, you will be notified immediately and will have the opportunity to discuss alternative program options.

DCSI is held on the Tempe campus of Arizona State University. The program will function under the policies and procedures established by the University for all classroom and lab activities.

Cancellation policy

Refund policy: We offer 100% refund if a student withdraws before May 1; 50% before June 1. No refund will be issued for students who withdraw on or after June 1.

Students are responsible for providing their own transportation to and from campus, as well as any necessary housing. DCSI is not responsible for any travel related expenses due to cancellation.

National Science Foundation
National Science Foundation

How Computers See is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

Lauren Copley
Lauren Copley
Tejaswi Gowda
Tejaswi Gowda
Suren Jayasuriya
Suren Jayasuriya
Stacey Kuznetsov
Stacey Kuznetsov
Byron Lahey
Byron Lahey
Robert LiKamWa
Robert LiKamWa
Robert LiKamWa
Don Marinelli
Loren Olson
Loren Olson
Samuel Pena
Samuel Peña
Althea Pergakis
Althea Pergakis
Alejandra Rodriguez Vega
Alejandra Rodriguez Vega
Kimberlee Swisher
Kimberlee Swisher
Seth Thorn
Seth Thorn
David Tinapple
David Tinapple
Who teaches the courses?
Faculty from the School of Arts, Media, and Engineering - part of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts - develop the curriculum and co-teach with graduate students. Undergraduate students serve as classroom assistants and extra staff.
How do students attend?
Workshops for Summer 2022 will be in-person on the ASU Tempe campus in Stauffer B. Each workshop runs 3 hours a day, for 5 days (M-F). We’ll hold 3 weeks of workshops, from June 6–24.
What precautions are in place for safety during the pandemic?
To limit exposure, students will remain in the same classroom with the same group peers all day. We will expect all students and staff to wear face coverings. We will limit enrollment to support social distancing and limit shared technology.
Is there an age requirement for the summer program?
Classes are split by grade level, typically middle school (rising 6th-9th) and high school (rising 9th to 12th). 9th graders can choose either track. Students who are set to graduate this Spring, 2022 may attend the high school classes.
What is the cancellation policy?
Please see our full cancellation policy listed above the FAQ with headline Cancellation policy.
Does your program include an overnight option?
No. This is a day program. Doors are open for in-person classes from 9AM to 4PM, instructional time from 9:30 to 3:30, with an hour break for lunch.
Does your program fee include lunch?
No. Students must bring a pre-made lunch OR lunch money to purchase food from the Memorial Union, the student pavilion located on campus. Staff will accompany small groups of students to purchase lunch. Parents / guardians should discuss plans with their campers ahead of time.
Will students need to purchase any materials or software?
No. Any materials fees are included in the tuition cost and will be mailed to you. Software used will be free or accessible via a short-term free trial.




The Digital Culture Summer Institute was created by the School of Arts, Media and Engineering - part of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at ASU. AME's Digital Culture initiative is an innovative degree program that offers students interdisciplinary degrees learning technology, design, media and art. For more information, please visit ame.asu.edu.

For questions contact:
loren.olson@asu.edu
kimberlee.swisher@asu.edu