Youth Media Education

Media Arts Center San Diego provides youth media education programs at various local schools/community organizations throughout the County of San Diego. Additionally, we hold our year-round Youth Media & Tech Camps and Teen Producers Project at our one-of-a-kind Digital Gym CINEMA in North Park, San Diego. For more information on our education programs and how to sign-up, please email: or call 619-203-1938 x 101.


What Will You Learn at our Various Youth Media Education Classes?

  • Project-Based Learning:  Kids of all ages often learn best by doing, project based learning inspires students to obtain a deeper knowledge of the subjects they’re studying. Therefore, MACSD employs a curriculum that is hands-on, with students working together in collaborative groups on projects that hone their organizational and research skills, as well as assist in developing better communication skills with their peers and adults.
  • New Technologies:  Students work with professional grade equipment and software, enabling them to produce high quality content.
  • Social Justice:  It’s important for young people to feel like they can make an impact in their communities – with this in mind we engage them as citizen journalists, empowering them to explore real-world issues and challenges, and producing stories on topics that impact local communities.
  • Youth Media Workshops:  These off-site residencies are partnerships with schools and community organizations that operate for several weeks or several months, depending on the resources and needs of the site.  Typically, our workshops focus on the following: professional media artists familiarize youth from all backgrounds, ages 6-18, with multi-media technologies and the art making process, stressing teamwork, creativity, self-esteem, leadership and critical thinking.
  • Pre-productionStudents learn to generate and pitch ideas, write treatments, scripts, storyboards, shot lists, and shooting schedules.
  • Production – Students learn narrative and documentary forms, proper use of digital video cameras, lighting, and sound equipment as well as lighting, camera and sound recording techniques through hands-on location and studio shoots and collaboration on group projects.
  • Post-production – Students engage in critiques of each other’s work as they learn the concepts of motion picture editing through the use of non-linear editing systems.


Recent Media Arts Center San Diego Education Community Partners:

Holmes Elementary School
King Chavez Academy of Excellence
McKinley Elementary School
North County Tech Academy
Porter Elementary
Sweetwater High School
Valencia Park/Malcolm X Branch Library
Wilson Middle School
Walker Elementary School

Visit our Flickr page
to see photos taken during our past residencies.


MACSD also offers on-site workshops and camps.  Any timeframe is available. Classes can be conducted in-school or after-school for up to 30 students. We implement project-based learning and best practices to engage students in the fundamentals of digital storytelling and video production. A typical 12-week session includes 60 hours of on-site instruction and final community screening. Contact Larry Da Silveira at or 619-230-1938 to learn more.

To learn more about our other on-site programs at Digital Gym North Park (i.e.  Teen Producers Project or Tech & Media Camps, click here).

Visit our YouTube channel and our Flickr page to see examples of our exciting workshops and camps.