Kuumba Community Arts is proud to announce the launch of our Teen Design Academy this fall in Birmingham. The first stage of the Design Academy is an intensive six month training program partnering students ages 14-17 with local professionals working in graphic design and related fields. Participants will learn the fundamentals of visual design, industry software and tools with a holistic approach that ties in writing, project management, execution and other skills to provide an early introduction to the creative industry needs of Birmingham.
Along the way students will be setting the groundwork to establish an operating teen advertising agency to serve local businesses and non-profit organizations. The agency creates a place for the youth to earn a wage for their creative work and develop professional portfolios. They will also gain a sense of the transformative power of art and design within them-selves and their communities.