DMA SUCCESS STORY: Versatile Multi-tech Student Taj Jacobs

By Phill Powell

When we learned Taj Jacobs had awarded DMA the highest score possible for “overall camp experience” on an end-of-camp survey, we have to admit we weren’t terribly shocked.

After all, he’s already given us an even higher honor – having returned for four consecutive camp seasons at DMA, and already registering for a fifth summer with us!

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When it comes to tech, DMA superstar student Taj can truly do it all.

A 13-year-old from Philadelphia, Taj has attended DMA’s Pennsylvania tech camps during the last two summers. And he’s coming back again this summer for even more STEM-based learning fun!

Here’s what Taj had to say about his DMA experiences during the last two years:

THE DMA INTERVIEW: TAJ JACOBS

Taj, what did you actually create at DMA tech camp?
The first thing I created at DMA was a short film created in After Effects. This was the first time that I got to work with editing software. It was complex at first, but when the instructors taught me step by step, I got the hang of it. From there on, I created a lot of film productions and I still do today.

Awesome! What about other projects you’ve worked on?
Another thing I created over the years was a Minecraft mini map. DMA taught me how to code, create huge Minecraft structures and publish a storyline.

Anything else you’ve made that you’re especially proud of?
I’ve also created a couple of songs in last year’s music production course using the Logic Pro X program. The first song was a mashup of two pop songs from that summer. The second song was a “trap” song and the third song was used as the soundtrack for the Minecraft Mimi map program that year. I still enjoy creating songs of different genres.

For a young guy, you’ve already gotten a lot of tech education…
I have also taken two more film classes, another Minecraft class, and a graphic design class.

That’s impressive. How exactly did it make you feel when you completed these final projects?
It made me feel accomplished. I’ve gained talents that I can use in the future.

What were the most fun things about attending DMA tech camp?
Mostly learning. I’ve learned about topics that I’m truly interested in. Ever since attending DMA, I’ve known I wanted to work with digital media. I also really liked having the experience of spending time on a college campus.

It was complex at first, but when the instructors taught me step by step, I got the hang of it.
– Versatile Multi-tech DMA Student Taj Jacobs

Yeah, that is pretty cool. Did you make friends at DMA camp this summer?
Yes! I’ve made multiple friends. One of the benefits of making friends at DMA is that we both have similar interests and we can work together to make something awesome.

Do you think you’ll use what you learned at DMA back at your regular school?
Most definitely! Currently, my school is in the process of making a movie. They have no experience with cameras, editing or background music. But with what I’ve learned, I’m going to help them make the film look professional.

Would you like to come back to a DMA tech camp next summer?
100-percent yes. I’m already signed up!

Would you suggest DMA tech camps to your best friends and their parents?
Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes and absolutely yes!

Wow! Now that’s a positive recommendation! Have your parents been pleased with your DMA experience?
I think so. I mean, they brag to all their friends about the skills I’ve developed and the projects I’ve worked on.

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Taj at work on his latest masterpiece…

SPRING LIKE A LION! (AND SAVE!)

The old saying is that “Spring comes in like a lion and leaves like a lamb.” At DMA this year, spring is definitely coming in with a roar!

Digital Media Academy summer tech camps are filling up like never before. We’re currently experiencing the biggest March in our history with sensible parents – and smart return students like Taj – going ahead and booking their camp selection before we reach capacity.

Remember, at DMA we intentionally keep our class size as small as possible, to make sure our students receive plenty of one-on-one instruction.

And now, there’s even more reason to go ahead and register now. DMA’s Spring Savings special is here, and it means you can still take advantage of discounts on tuition to DMA summer camps, courses and academies. Get in on the savings and secure your place in camp this summer by registering today!

Summer’s almost here. Time to spring into action…

Special thanks to DMA’s Rachelle Harding for coordinating this interview!