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2017 Pre-College Summer Courses

USC Iovine and Young Academy Summer Courses for High School Students

The USC Iovine and Young Academy is excited to announce course offerings for high school students for Summer 2017! These three, week-long, non-residential sessions will introduce students to foundational design skills which are critical for future innovators and entrepreneurs.

It is important to note that these courses do not offer USC unit credit, however, students will receive a Certificate of Completion for each course completed, and an additional Certificate of Digital Design Fundamentals if all three courses are completed.

      • July 10-14, 2017
        Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm

        This class will introduce students to the industry standard tools and concepts required to achieve a fundamental understanding of the graphic design discipline. Students will study color, typography, page layout, photo manipulation, and computer illustration. The skills they develop can be applied to print, web, and motion graphic design.

        Monday: Students will be introduced to the Adobe Illustrator interface as well as the basic tools for creating shapes, drawing lines, and adding color to compositions.

        Tuesday: Students begin working with type tools, learning the fundamentals behind typography, typesetting, alignment, and working with grids.

        Wednesday: Students are introduced to Adobe Photoshop, requiring them to take original photos and edit, resize, and combine them into a digital collage.

        Thursday: Concepts related to poster design, visual composition, element hierarchy, and layout will be covered to assist students in creating an original poster.

        Friday: Students will learn how to put the finishing touches on their poster, export their image for a variety of mediums, and print posters of their final designs.

        Course Instructor: Aaron Siegel


        Course Fee:
      • July 17-21, 2017  
        Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm

        Students will be introduced to industry standard 3D rendering software where they will learn the fundamentals for computer aided drafting, object modeling, lighting, and scene rendering. The skills they develop can be utilized across a variety of areas such as product, packaging, and environmental design.

        Monday: Students are introduced to the Maya interface and the fundamentals of drafting, including polygon editing, precision measurements, workflow, objects, and boolean combinations.

        Tuesday: Students begin to work with modeling tools such as meshes, NURBS, and drawing tools in order to create smoother looking objects to their exact specifications.

        Wednesday: Students are introduced to the concept of 3D materials including textures, UV coordinates, shaders, and properties of lighting in 3D environments.

        Thursday: Students begin working with light sources and camera objects in order to refine their use of materials and begin setting up realistic scenes for rendering.

        Friday: Students focus on the realistic rendering of their scenes and the ability to export their 3D models to file for use in other applications.

        Course Instructor: Aaron Siegel


        Course Fee:
      • July 24-28, 2017
        Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm

        This class will introduce students to software tools for the creation of two dimensional animations. Students will concentrate on conceptual elements of animation, visual composition, color, timing, transitions, and typography. The skills they develop can be applied to broadcast media, the web, and mobile applications.

        Monday: Students are introduced to the After Effects interface and begin learning the basics of layers, shapes, the timeline, keyframes, animation easing, and compositions.

        Tuesday: Students begin working with type layers, getting an understanding of typography by working with character and paragraph styles, as well as beginning to utilize animation presets.

        Wednesday: Students start to refine their animation skills by working with the graph editor, null layers, creating parent/child relationships, using track mattes, and applying masks.

        Thursday: Students jump into the world of effects with an introduction to solids, adjustment layers, 3D layer properties, lights, and cameras.

        Friday: Students focus on refining their project output by learning postprocessing techniques like motion blur, as well as the optimal methods for exporting video for use on the web.

        Course Instructor: Aaron Siegel


        Course Fee:

Summer 2017 Eligibility Requirements
  •  You must have completed the 9th grade by June 2017.
  •  Students who graduate high school in 2017 are eligible to enroll, however, students who completed high school prior
      to 2017 are not. Please note these courses do not offer USC credit.
  •  International students are not eligible for these classes.

The courses are intended for daily commuting students only, and USC housing is not available.

To Register

Registration for Summer 2017 is now closed.

1. Complete and submit the online registration form.
2. Note: You will need to upload a copy of your high school transcript into the registration form.
3. Courses will be filled on a first come, first served basis with limited enrollment availability. In order to hold your seat in a course, you must submit a $200 non-refundable deposit for each course you intend to take. Your deposit will be applied to the total $1,300 cost of each course. The deadline to register is Monday, June 19, 2017.
4. Any remaining balance must be paid no later than June 19, 2017.
We accept Visa , MasterCard and Discover. If you require an alternate method of payment, please contact the USC Iovine and Young Academy Program Coordinator Nancy Bouffides via email at or by phone at (213) 821-8928. Students who have not paid in full by June 19 will be dropped from their course(s).

All communication from the USC Iovine and Young Academy, including registration status, course updates, and payment, will be sent via email. When registering for the online application, please be sure to use an email address you check frequently.

Please note: This USC Iovine and Young Academy registration portal is only for the high school summer courses. Admission to, and/or participation in, these courses does not guarantee admission to USC or its various schools. Students interested in applying to an undergraduate degree program must follow the application procedures set forth by the USC Office of Admission.

Cancellation and Refunds
The $200 deposit per course is non-refundable. Cancellation and refund requests for any remaining fees must be made in writing by June 19, 2017. After that date, no refunds will be made. In the event a course is cancelled by the USC Iovine and Young Academy, any fees paid toward that course will be refunded. Course fees will not be refunded for students dismissed from the program.

Information on the Summer 2018 high school summer courses will be available in early 2018.  If you would like to be notified of updates, please provide your contact information here.