Learn from the creators of your favorite movies and shows.

The Digital Cinema Academy is an intensive summer program for high school students interested in creating films. Spend a week using industry-standard production techniques and equipment and learning the full process of filmmaking from industry leaders.

Take in lectures on cinematic production from some of the most successful names in Hollywood, including Media School professor of practice Michael Uslan, executive producer of The Dark Knight, Justice League, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, National Treasure and more.

Learn production techniques from nationally recognized and award-winning television producers, and crew members for series including FOX’s Empire, NBC’s Crisis and ABC’s Mind Games.

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In our studio, you’re in charge.

You’ll work in a group to write a script and create a two- to three-minute film. You’ll have access to our cutting-edge cameras, microphones and lighting, as well as the latest editing software.

Through daily film screenings and seminars with our top-notch faculty, you’ll learn the hows and whys of the film industry, including how to critique a film.

Get the college experience.

Spend a week on IU’s beautiful Bloomington campus learning in our classrooms and staying in our residence halls.


Cost is $950 per attendee and includes instruction, lodging, supervision and most meals.

The Office of Diversity, Equity and Multicultural Affairs is offering a limited number of multicultural scholarships for underrepresented high school applicants to cover the cost of attending the Digital Cinema Academy. Apply here for a scholarship.


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Activities (tentative)


  • Facilities tour and equipment orientation
  • Lecture: Cinema Production Basics
  • Group work: Production activity
  • Evening screening: The Dark Knight


  • Analysis and discussion: The Dark Knight
  • Lecture: Screenwriting
  • Introduction to Writing for Film Production
  • Group work: Story development
  • Evening screening: Indiana Jones


  • Analysis and discussion: Indiana Jones
  • Lecture: Evaluating Cinematic Arts
  • Introduction to Artistic Cinema Critique and Analysis
  • Group work: Write/revise scripts, story pitches, script production
  • Evening screening


  • Analysis and discussion of Wednesday evening screening
  • Lecture: Sound Design
  • Introduction to Premiere Pro
  • Group work: Script production and project editing, including sound
  • Evening screening assignment: Stranger Things


  • Analysis and discussion: Stranger Things
  • Group work: Post-production, rough cut screenings and feedback, finalize and export projects
  • Screen projects at public exhibition