Online courses where students from 3rd grade through high school create professional level digital art, no previous experience required! Our courses are self-paced and always available for students to enroll at any time. Each course is $75 for a 2 month enrollment and we also sell the required software and hardware at significant discounts!
Please be sure to download Free student video games & view digital art work in our galleries! Announcing YDACTV! 3 YDACTV is our Youth Digital Arts CyberTV station.
YDACTV programs will feature recordings of YDACS events such as our YDACyberConferences, our YDACyberJamFests, and amazing YDAJam Sessions with industry experts in the digital arts such as Jenova Chen who is one of the most innovative young video game developers on the planet. He created the most successful video games on the Playstation; Flow and Flower. You will also be able to watch and learn from John Bintz who is a wonderful web comic artist as he Jams with our Student National Mentors!
You will also watch and hear our National Student Mentors Jam with each other and collaborate as a Virtual National Digital Arts Studio while they have never met in person! YDACTV is a cprogram d whereas all of ... more. less.
the following listings are courses. You can dip your toe in as a quick introduction for $20/5 days, or you can spend more time for $90/30 days, a 25% discount.<br><br> Video Game Design Basics 3 VGD101 3 students learn the basics of video game design as they follow the teacher step by step in creating their first video game. Students learn how to drag and drop hundreds of heros and characters, trees, space ships, landscapes, and buildings, into their video game as they create 2D virtual worlds where their stories unfold. Then they learn to program their game objects to interact with each other telling the story of their grand adventures so those playing their video games are challenged and have fun.<br><br> Multimedia Fusion , $80, a 33% discount, + $10 s&h , is required for this course. Platform Video Game Design 3 VGD102 3 builds on the concepts taught in VGD101 and teaches students how to design and create their first Platform video game. Mario is an example of a well known platform game.<br><br> Multimedia Fusion , $80, a 33% discount, + $10 s&h , is required for this course. Video Game Character Design and Animation 3 VGD103 - VGD103 teaches students the fundamentals of basic digital animation. After the basics students learn how to create and animate video game characters using character templates in the professional 2D animation program "Toon Boom Studio." Students will learn how to create a walk cycle, a jump cycle, and also how to animate their character 9s throwing cycle.<br><br> These animations will then be used to import their character into Multimedia Fusion for their custom video game. VGD101 is a prerequisite. Toon Boom Studio ,$89, a 78% discount, is required for this course.<br><br> Video Game Design CyberStudio 3 VGDCS 3 this is the place for advanced students to practice their skills, ask advanced questions, and learn about the Video Game Design Industry and becoming an Independent Game Developer. You will receive the Kinesis video game, example Multimedia Fusion source code used to create Kinesis, and two months in the Video Game Design CyberStudio where you can learn from and collaborate with our Student National Mentors and other budding video game developers! www.YDACS.com info@YDACS.com Digital Photo Painting Onto Artist's Canvas 3 DP101 3 students learn the basics of digital photo painting and how to immediately become a professional artist using a digital camera to shoot photos that are then transformed into masterpieces using Photoshop Elements.<br><br> Students begin with the history of the camera and photography, learn all about pixels, and then they progress onto manipulating color, hue, saturation, how to control and modify lighting, shading, and contrast, and then they jump into lots of Artistic Filters including: Colored Pencils, Dry Brushes, Fresco, Palette Knifes, Pastels, Smudge Sticks, Watercolors, Blur, Brush Strokes, Pointilize, Chalk and Charcoal, and Stained Glass, as well as Artistic Effects including Blizzards, Fluorescent Chalk, Lizard Skin, Neon Lights, and Oil Pastels. Students can choose to have their images printed onto posters, t-shirts, or artist's canvas. A Wacom Bamboo Touch 4 * 5 Drawing Tablet includes: Photoshop Elements 7.0, discounted $89 + $10 s&h , is required for this course.<br><br> Digital Manga 3 DM101 3 teaches students the basics of Manga character design and creation using Free Open Source vector drawing software! Students will use templates created by the Youth Digital Arts CyberSchool so drawing ability is not a requirement. Students will also learn about the History of Manga, all about vector graphics, and how the characters they create and be animated into Anime and then imported into video games that they can design and create in our Video Game Design courses.<br><br> Our Wacom Bamboo Touch drawing tablet is suggested but ONLY a mouse is required. Handheld Digital Music Studio 3 LTMT101 3 This course teaches students how to immediately compose and record their own original musical compositions that they own, are royalty free, and can be used to score their video games, anime, animations, and films. Our exclusive MadPlayer , $499, is required for this course.<br><br> YDACS Course Time Requirements Each course is approximately 20 - 25 hours of work but varies based on the student 9s previous video game design and programming experience and their age. Since our courses are self-paced video lessons students can go at their own speed and repeat material as often as desired. We recommend at least 3 hours/week, 4 hours preferred, based on students taking 2 courses in a given semester ex: VGD101 and VGD102.<br><br> Students should have no less than one hour periods to work on the lessons. The standard enrollment period per course is 60 calendar days. There is flexibility to extend this time period for schools, libraries, and community technology centers.<br><br> Some Suggested Course Combinations for a given semester " VGD101 & VGD102 " VGD101 & VGD103 " VGD102 & VGDCS " VGD103 & VGDCS " VGD101 & DP101 " VGD101 & DM101 " VGD101 & LTMT101 " DM101 & DP101 " LTMT101 & DP101 cAt Home d Student Pricing Each course is $75 and 60 calendar days in length. Extensions are offered as needed within a semester. Students must start the courses when they enroll .<br><br> Exclusive Software and Hardware discounts Multimedia Fusion is $80 plus $10 for shipping and handling. The retail price anywhere else is $119 plus shipping and handling. Our discounted price is exclusively 33% off of standard retail.<br><br> Toon Boom Studio bundle is $89 and downloaded to your computer so there is no shipping and handling. The retail price is $410. Our discounted price is exclusively 78% off of standard retail.<br><br> The MadPlayer is no longer in production but we do have a limited supply at $499. Wacom Bamboo Touch 4 * 5 tablet includes Adobe Photoshop Elements 7.0 for free 3 is $89 plus $10 shipping and handling. Site discounts available for Schools, Libraries, and Community Technology Centers!<br><br> For more information please email us at: info@YDACS.com How do the Digital Arts integrate with core subject areas? All of the digital arts are made possible by and extensively use mathematics, every digital art is a form of storytelling, video games make extensive use of virtual physics, and animation is only as realistic as its virtual physiology. A digital painting on a canvas can tell many stories depending on who is looking at the canvas.<br><br> Animation is commonly 12 images/second and therefore a different form of storytelling. Digital music is an amazingly rich exploration of instruments, sounds, themes, melodies, and rhythms that can move the listener with or without accompanying spoken words, poetry, or lyrics. Digital videography is commonly 30 frames/second providing yet another storytelling form.<br><br> Video games are an interactive container that can combine all of the other digital art forms. Following is an example of how video games can integrate with core subject areas. How Video Game Design Integrates with Math, Physics, and Language Arts " When students design and create their own video games they are creating virtual two dimensional worlds that mimic the real world " Students program how their virtual world interacts with all of the characters and how all of the characters interact with each other " The programming is accomplished by check boxes in a matrix, a large grid, that is easily mastered by students and is translated by the software into if-then statements " Logic and strategy must mimic the real world otherwise the game will not be realistic " The game world mimics the physics of the real world.<br><br> There is gravity, acceleration, deceleration, strength, and speed " Students have to define the initial direction of characters and the paths they will follow " The development process is a cycle of hypothesis, testing, and revision " Characters are programmed crelative d to other characters and objects based on a visually represented X, Y coordinate system " Video games naturally integrate with language arts since a video game is only as good as its story! Video Games as a great class project! It might be argued that a video game is the best possible class project as demonstrated in our documentary c Girls Designing Video Games d located in our News Forum.<br><br> A way for young people to apply their knowledge! When young people play their favorite games they acquire significant knowledge of storytelling, virtual worlds, physics, physiology, animation, logic, and strategy. There are very few opportunities for them to apply this knowledge and expertise other than just playing more video games.<br><br> YDACS Video Game design classes provide students with an opportunity to explore the application of their knowledge while creating their own original video games. A Free Video Game by one of our advanced student You can download Revolution 2 for Free as an example of how far YDACS students can take their knowledge. Jake created Revolution 2 when he was 13 years old.<br><br> He has been taking YDACS courses since he was 10 and has been one of our national mentors since he was 12. He is well on his way to becoming a professional video game developer! You can read his mother 9s testimonial in our Public Discussions Forum by searching for cJosie. d<br><br>