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8~12 year olds - Digital Media Summer Camp

About the course

On this 5 day short course, you will have the opportunity to nurture your creativity and improve essential skills as you explore the foundations of Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.

What will I study?

Learner hours: 25

Throughout the week we will teach you the different uses of each application, and you will learn how each program can be used to help in the development of your creative projects. By the end of the course, you will have a sound understanding of how to use each of these core components of this essential design software.

The course will provide insights into the process of developing ideas, give you an idea of how to solve design problems, and motivate and inspire you towards Higher Education.

Day 1Adobe Illustrator
  • Working with vectors, shape, colour and textures
  • Convert drawings to Illustrator to give them a professional look. This practice includes different skills, such as working with Vectors, creating shapes, applying colours, applying line textures, and exporting the fine
  • Through this practice, you also learn how to create a Logo in vector
Day 2Adobe Photoshop
  • Working with image (Photo editing, image merge)
  • editing photos, merging and mixing different images, such as changing the background or merging two different images
Day 3Adobe InDesign
  • Create a Magazine (Facing page and Poster design)
  • Inserts multiple images and creates a layout. You learn tricks to automatically adjust the images sizes or columns sizes
  • The second half of the day you learn to create a Poster for a print or digital publications.
Day 4Connecting Skills
  • Working to the brief, you will be able to test out the skills you have learnt and focus on how you can use the tools to be creative. All artwork is then incorporated from the previous days into InDesign to create a set of digital posters appropriate for publishing in social media assets.
Day 5Communicate Digitally via Colour
  • We focus on Adobe Colours and how you can improve the visual presence of their work by adopting more professional colours.
  • During the workshop, you can either create a new artwork or amend a file from day one, apply psychology of colours through Adobe Colours guidelines.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, you will be confident using an array of Adobe creative softwares, and understand the appropriate uses for each individual software (InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator). You will also have learned how to apply your knowledge practically, as you will have designed a poster and prepared assets for social media.

Where will I study?

Mode of delivery: Face to face

Our address is The School of Creative Arts, College Lane Campus, Hatfield, Herts AL10 9AB.

For Maps and Directions please visit our helpful  ‘Where to Find Us’  page. Further details are sent by email when you have booked.

Important information


Signing in is from 9.20am and 9.25am each day in the Art Gallery and the summer workshops will start at 9.30. We finish at 15.30pm. You will need to be picked up promptly at 15.30pm, again from the Art Gallery. Parents and carers, if you have any problems and think that you may be late, please let us know by calling 01707 285327.

Drop Off/Collection

The drop-off point is the Art Gallery, and you can find this through our wayfinding app here. We suggest you park in one of the bays around the nearby Lindop Building for drop-off. You can drop off anytime between 9.20am and 9.25am. Collection is promptly at 15.30. nb, there is free parking for 2 hours on campus.

The Programme

We have an exciting programme of activities planned. You will find out more about art and design courses and you will be meet practising artists or designers.  Each group will have an assistant art tutor with them for the whole time you are here, and you will meet them on your first morning.  They can help you with any concerns you have while you are here.


Parents/Guardians: When registering, please enrol with your own details. There is a field on the enrolment paperwork where you can enter your son or daughter's name and age.

Emergency Contact

We need contact numbers so we can contact parents/carers at any time.  These details need to be confirmed on the form attached to the email. Should you need to contact us please phone the Short Course Office on 01707 285327. It is very important that we know in advance if you cannot for any reason be collected on time at the end of the day.


Wear suitable and comfortable clothes as you may get messy and dirty (that is what art is all about!).  An overall, apron or large shirt would be ideal.

Food & Drink

You will need to bring your own packed lunch. Water will be available during breaks and lunchtime.


All materials needed for all the summer schools will be provided by the University.


If you need to bring any medication with you, please make sure it is clearly labelled with your child’s name and any instructions. These can be administered by us provided the medical permission form enclosed has been signed by a parent or carer and handed in on arrival on your first day.

Booking deadlines

Bookings for all Creative Arts Short Courses will be reviewed two weeks before the start date of each course. This will allow the Short Course team to determine whether a course has met the minimum number of students needed for the class to run. If a class has failed to recruit, the class will be re-scheduled and you will be informed. Where relevant you will be offered an alternative class. If the course has met minimum numbers, bookings will stay open to the course start date or until it has met maximum numbers.

We encourage you to book early before the deadline to avoid disappointment.

Bookings for all short courses need to be made online through our online booking system, before a course commences. You cannot enroll or attend a class on the day the course starts.


If for any reason you change your mind about joining us after you have accepted the offer, you have a legal right to cancel your contract to study with us within 14 days. This cancellation period therefore ends at the end of 14 days after the day on which you accepted our offer. Find further details of our cancellation terms here.

How to apply?

Start DateEnd DateDayTimeCostLink
12/08/202419/08/2024Mon to Fri09.30 - 15.30£225.00Apply online

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We now accept childcare vouchers. If you would like to pay by this method, please contact us via email or telephone on the contact details below.

Contact us

If you wish to discuss this or any other creative art short course please contact the Short Course team on 01707 285327 or complete our short course enquiry form.

Nick Thomas, Short Course Coordinator,
School of Creative Arts