LFCC Offers Digital Arts Camps for Kids

For Immediate Release:
May 12, 2010

Primary Media Contact:
Sally Voth
Public Relations Specialist
svoth@lfcc.edu
Phone: 540-868-7134

From concept to creation and pre-production to premiere, Lord Fairfax Community College’s (LFCC) Office of Workforce Solutions and Continuing Education is offering Digital Arts Camps designed to fuel your child’s imagination. 

The Digital Arts Camps are designed under the creative direction of Bill Zengel, of Black Rocket Productions, who has two decades of award-winning work as a writer and producer and Richard Ginn, a distinguished teacher and administrator. 

These programs are divided into age-appropriate sections for students ages 7 to 17 that increase in complexity to challenge students to reach their full potential. Participants work in pairs or groups for most of the design process and end the class with a finished product to share with family and friends. Week-long camp sections are offered on LFCC’s Middletown and Warrenton campuses beginning June 28 and ending Aug. 20. 

Program offerings include the following:

  • Camp Rock Star – Create your own songs, soundtracks, podcasts or music videos with the power of technology! Use tools such as Garage Band and other mass media software to explore the basics of song composition and editing.
  • Lightz! Camera! Action! – So, you want to make a movie? Learn the dynamics of storytelling, shooting, editing, graphics, sound and more! This class culminates with the world premiere of your “I made it myself!” production – invite family and friends to the screening.
  • Creative Design and Robotics – Robotics is one of America’s fastest growing industries. Learn the basics of design and build your first robot. At the end of the class, the robots will compete against each other in a series of fun challenges.
  • Make Your First 2-D Video Game! – If you love playing video games, this is the camp for you! Make your first video game! Learn about concept, play experience, challenge levels, graphics, sound, software and simple coding.
  • Make Your First 3-D Video Game! Premiere Edition – Develop a game concept that goes beyond the limitations of traditional classes. This camp is designed for older students, ages 13-17, who would like to study video game design in high school or college.
  • Ultimate Claymation and Stop Action! – Designed for children who like to make something out of nothing. Whether you want to recreate your favorite scene from “Shrek” or invent an original short film, this camp allows you to make a movie out of nothing but an idea and a piece of clay.
  • Video Game Animation Take your game design to the next level by creating and animating character sprites. Develop your character’s personality, signature moves, special powers and a story line. Finish with a fully animated character to be used in future games. Students do not need prior experience in game design, animation or sketching.

Digital arts, including video game design and production, is a growing academic field. George Mason University recently introduced a bachelor’s degree in computer game design, focusing on game culture and history, programming, digital arts and motion capture. The program has exceeded initial expectations, with about 200 students currently enrolled. As well as games designed for entertainment, an industry exists for “games” used to train military personnel, surgeons and more.

In addition, Boy Scouts of America now has two additional merit badge opportunities that focus on video games. Scouts should check with their leaders to find out if LFCC’s camp curriculum fulfills a badge requirement.

For information about camp dates and fees, or to register, please visit http://wwwLFCCworkforce.com or contact the Office of Workforce Solutions and Continuing Education at the Middletown Campus at 540-868-7021 or at the Fauquier Campus at 540-351-1524. You can also watch a short video about the camps on LFCC’s YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/lfccedu.

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Founded in 1970, Lord Fairfax Community College is a multi-campus public institution of higher education. With four locations — Middletown, Warrenton, Luray-Page County and most recently, Vint Hill— the College serves eight localities in the Shenandoah Valley and northern Piedmont regions. The localities are the counties of Clarke, Fauquier, Frederick, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren and the city of Winchester. LFCC offers more than 75 associate degree and certificate programs in a wide variety of disciplines, in addition to providing access to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs offered on site by a four-year institution. LFCC also serves the business community by offering workforce preparation programs for employees and employers. LFCC serves more than 9,000 unduplicated credit students and more than 11,000 individuals in professional development and business and industry courses annually.

Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Lord Fairfax Community College. Lord Fairfax Community College is an equal opportunity institution providing educational and employment opportunities, programs, services, and activities and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, disability, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or other non-merit factors. LFCC also prohibits sexual misconduct including sexual violence or harassment.

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