Friday, April 17, 2015

Full Sail Alum Returns

2014 DATA graduate, Jose Reyes, returned today to speak with Media Literacy students on his experiences as a graphic design student at Full Sail University near Orlando, Fl.

Jose shared about school life, the unique accelerated learning environment at the college, and some of his design work. An especially useful part of the program are the visits by many high end design and production companies and that they learn valuable employment skills such as client management and public speaking.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

SkillsUSA California 2015

The SkillsUSA California 48th Annual State Leadership and Skill Conference was more competitive then ever! Over 2,000 students from all 6 regions brought their A game to the Town and Country Resort in San Diego for four challenging and exciting days. 

DATA took home a total 9 medals in 7 different events and was recognized as a Chapter of Excellence. Even more impressive this year was the effort of the 11 DATA chapter delegates who worked to elect our first ever state officer, Statesmen, and national delegate, Norma Vazquez. Norma will be training with the other California officers this summer in Louisville, KT., then returning to lead chapters in Region 6, at CCHS, and the 2016 SkillsUSA California state conference.

Congratulations to the following students

Region 6 Parliamentarian and Statesmen Award
Norma Vazquez  

Occupational Health and Safety
Gold: Irene Barragan, Alan Montoya, Gianfranco Zena

Gold: Shan Vo
Bronze: Citlali Vazquez

Interactive Application and Game Design
Bronze: Jose Bermudez, Sebastian Gomez, Salvador Camino, Ramiro Escobar

Screen Printing Technology
Silver: Stephanie Suarez

Graphic Communications
Silver: Eric Cuahuizo

Arts, AV, and Communications Career Pathway Showcase
Silver: Guadalupe Cortez, Jocelyn Chicas, Tatianna Miles

Audio/Radio Production
Silver: Rosa Rodriguez and Janett Tirado
Bronze: Norma Vasquez and Rio Chacon

Monday, March 16, 2015

Create Day MMXV

On March 11th, 70 students from Nellie Coffman, James Workman, and Raymond Cree middle schools spent the day with the Digital Arts Technology Academy as part of our first ever Create Day.

Middle schoolers had an  A W E S O M E  time working directly with current Academy students and were deeply engaged in day-long photography, cinema, game design, audio production, and screen printing workshops. A special component to the event was a filmmaking workshop by the talented Frank Guttler and Max Fennerman as part of Digicom's Artist-in-Residence program.

This was an amazing opportunity for incoming 9th graders to learn about the DATA program offerings and give current students a chance to deepen their content knowledge by teaching to others.

Friday, March 6, 2015


On March 6th, 25 DATA students had the rare opportunity to work directly with renown photographers Michael Childers and Taylor Sherrill in their clandestine Palm Springs studio complex.

SideShow, sponsored by the Digicom Learning Institute, provided a real-world learning environment with high end studio equipment setup for small product, fashion, dance, and motorcycle subject matter. This was truly a once in a life experience for all students.

Stay tuned for a behind the scenes video and upcoming collection of student works!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

2015 Global Collaborations

This year's Student Creative global challenges are underway with a recent article from co-collaborator David Gran in the March 2015 issue of SchoolArts magazine!

For the first time in the 6 years of the world-wide projects lead by DATA Digital Imaging and the Shanghai American School, we are offering two projects...

BOT: Transform your ordinary life in to something super sci-fy or down right robotic using Photoshop, video, or anything technology assisted. 
Sketches of the City: A 12 part video compilation with film composer Rolf Becker, challenging students to capture the uniqueness of their own cities.