Youth Media Education


Media Arts Center San Diego provides youth media education programs at various local schools/community organizations throughout San Diego County. Additionally, we hold our year-round Youth Media & Tech Camps and Teen Producers Project at our one-of-a-kind Digital Gym CINEMA in the diverse and eclectic North Park neighborhood. For more information on our education programs please contact: or 619-203-1938 x 103.

  • Project-Based Learning:  Youth often learn best by doing; project-based learning improves cooperative learning skills and enhances critical thinking and communication.
  • New Technologies:  Youth work with professional grade equipment and software, enabling them to produce high quality content.
  • Social Justice:  Youth are inspired to become citizen journalists, empowering them to explore how their stories fit into the larger tapestry of a national and global story.
  • Culminating Events: Youth share their learning with screenings of their projects for an audience.

A typical workshop focuses on:

  • Pre-productiongenerate and pitch ideas, write treatments and scripts, create storyboards and shot lists
  • Production – learn narrative and documentary forms, camera, lighting, and sound techniques,
  • Post-production – learn video editing and sound design


Recent Community Partners:

Roosevelt International Middle School
McKinley Elementary School
Second Chance San Diego
Southland Blended Community School
Sweetwater High School
ABLA Community School
High Tech High Chula Vista
Instituto Altazor (Tijuana, Mexico)
Vista La Mesa Academy
Mt. Vernon School
Holmes Elementary School
King Chavez Academy of Excellence
North County Tech Academy
Porter Elementary School
Sweetwater High School
Valencia Park/Malcolm X Branch Library
Wilson Middle School
Walker Elementary School
Lincoln High School
Somali Bantu Association


Any time frame 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 or 619-230-1938 ext. 103 to learn more.