A two-week summer program
for young women who are currently enrolled
in 7th or 8th grade in central Ohio.
COVID-19 Update (1/9/22):
Due to the continuing challenges of COVID-19, Professor Maria Palazzi has made the difficult decision to suspend Digital Animation: A Technology Mentoring Program for Young Women for 2022. Submitted 2020 applications will be retained for next year and any student who applied in 2020 will remain eligible in 2023, when we hope that this experience will be offered in its in-person format.
Students apply through a process that requires an application form, an essay, a creative project, guardian signatures, and a teacher recommendation form. Application can be made through an online form or by downloading the application .pdf form, completing it and returning it to ACCAD. Applications are posted in January of each year for the following summer’s program. Notification of acceptance normally happens by mid-March.
Digital Animation: A Technology Mentoring Program for Young Women requires team-based work of all participants, so applicants should be enthusiastic about collaborative creative work.
Parents or guardians of accepted participants must be able to provide or arrange for transportation to and from the OSU campus, for the start and end of each daily session, Monday – Friday, for two weeks.
Students must be currently enrolled in either 7th or 8th grade at the time of application.
Established by Professor Maria Palazzi in 2001, Digital Animation: A Technology Mentoring Program for Young Women is offered by the Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD), the arts-based research center in The Ohio State University College of Arts and Sciences and one of the premiere animation education centers in the world.
This summer experience empowers participants to be the hands-on creators of 3D computer-animated stories and develop confidence in technical skills related to 3D animation, within a supportive and enriching community of artists and designers. Each year the program selects participants based on their applications to work in small collaborative teams, directed by women mentors in a dynamic and focused experience using the latest computer animation technologies. OSU student mentors, in conjunction with OSU faculty, lead the participants through a shared discovery of the world of graphics and animation integrating storytelling strategies, problem-solving skills, collaborative learning and presentation. Participants explore the same high-end software used in movies like Horton Hears a Who!, Kung Fu Panda, and Wall•E!
An average day might look like this:
9:00am – Noon Computer Animation Workshop
Noon – 1:30pm Lunch (provided) and Discussion
1:30pm – 3:30pm Team-based Story Development and Storyboarding
4:00pm End of day
A ceremony is held on the last day to celebrate the students’ accomplishments and to display the collaborative team projects to students’ families, guests and the community.