Digital Media Academy

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Digital Media Academy
Founded 2002

Digital Media Academy (commonly referred to as "DMA") is a digital art and technology training company, located in Los Gatos, CA, offering courses for adults as well as summer camp programs for kids, age 6-18, tech camps at several universities in the US and Canada, including Stanford, Harvard, UCLA, Duke, Chicago, Penn, NYU, UBC, UoT, McGill among other prestigious ones.[1] DMA was officially incorporated in 2002, but was incubated at Stanford University in the late 1990s as the Academy for New Media, a program of Stanford's Academic Computing department. The Academy for New Media was created at Stanford in 1999 as an outreach to K-12 educators and high-school students interested in learning the latest digital media software tools from award-winning creative professionals.[2] In Fall 2001, the Academy for New Media fell victim to University budget cuts and the program was transitioned away from Stanford to a private entity – and Digital Media Academy was born. The Stanford University Continuing Studies department has continued to offer CEU credit through Digital Media Academy since its inception in 2002.[3] Students may attend Digital Media Academy summer camps with the day camp or sleepaway camp option. These camps offer sports and recreation, while being known as a tech camp primarily.

Program offerings[edit]

DMA designs, develops, and delivers STEM curriculum for students of all ages. Digital Media Academy summer tech camps offer kids 6-17 and adults the opportunity to learn a variety of tech and new media skills in topics including Programming & Coding, 3D Printing & Product Design, Filmmaking, Photography, Game Design & Development, Virtual Reality, Artificial Intelligence, Graphic Design, 3D Modeling, Animation, Robotics, and Wearable Tech. For adult-learners, DMA offers various industry certifications in topics like 3D Animation, Film Production, Game Programing, Mobile Device Programing and Web Design, and is also an Apple Inc. Authorized Training Center[4] and Adobe Systems Training Partner.[5] For youth, DMA offers summer computer camps, including sleep away camps at top universities throughout the United States and Canada, including its flagship location at Stanford University[6]


Digital Media Academy offers a scholarship program[7] to make its courses accessible to everyone and has partnered with various non-profit and community-focused organizations including the New Media Consortium,[8] CUE and the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus.[9]