The DMC offers a variety of workshops each semester selected from the master list below. Fall semester workshops are typically held from the middle of September to the week before Thanksgiving. Spring semester workshops are typically held from the first week of February to the week after spring break. Special events are sprinkled in throughout the academic year.
To see the current offerings of workshops and register for a seat, please check the DMC’s BookIt site. Registration will open ONE week before the scheduled workshop. JHU Faculty and Staff may attend workshops on a space-available basis. Please call our Front Desk at 410-516-3817 on the afternoon of the workshop to see if there is space available.
Workshops are taught by the DMC Professional staff Elena DeBold. Events can be led by DMC student staff or special guest artists. Not all of the workshops listed below are offered every semester. Please contact the DMC if you would like to take a workshop that is not currently being offered.
Introduction to the Audio Studio
Learn to use the software and digital instruments in the audio studio to make high-quality recordings. This workshop authorizes you to reserve and use the studio in the future.
Audio Mixing and Mastering
Learn to mix and master music and video projects using EQ and compression to get clean, professional-quality recordings. Explore the creative use of effects and pitch correction plug-ins to enhance and improve your tracks.
Beats, Loops, and Sampling with Ableton Live
Make amazing music in any genre with Ableton Live. Integrate sampling, loops, and synthesizers in wild and wonderful ways. Explore a new interface with the Ableton Push controller.
Digital Music Production with Logic Pro
Compose awesome tracks and increase your skill by learning Apple Logic Pro. This workshop covers MIDI controllers, sampling, beatmaking and the amazing Logic Drummer tools.
Explore the huge range of software synthesizers and plug-ins available in the DMC’s Audio Studio. Learn different synthesis techniques and how to program your own sounds. You can emulate classic synth sounds, program acoustic modeled sounds, or create otherworldly sound effects!
Podcast Crash Course
Want to start a podcast? Learn creative ways to tell your story, use microphones, recording techniques, and mixing your show. Upload and distribution platforms will also be explained.
Electric Guitar Studio
Explore the huge range of electric guitar plug-ins available in the DMC’s Audio Studio. You can make awesome music in any genre and apply effects that emulate vintage amplifiers and pedals.
Use Photoshop to creatively layer and collage images, photographs, and text. Learn new selection layer, and mask tools and become a power user.
Making Photos Pop with LightRoom
Learn how to make quick edits for professional-looking photos with Adobe Lightroom. Edit several photos at once using non-destructive edits and custom preset filters.
Logo Design using Illustrator
Learn to create resizable logos, posters and vector graphics with Illustrator. We’ll cover graphic design principles that will enhance your ability to communicate visually.
Flyer Design with InDesign
Design an eye-catching and easy-to-understand flyer advertising your awesome event. We will cover the fundamentals of graphic design, typography, layout and show you how to export for use online and in print.
Digital Tablet Drawing and Painting
Sketch your ideas and quickly turn them into beautiful pieces of art using the DMC’s digital tablets and easy-to-download software. Beginners and pros welcome.
Graphic Design for Research Posters using InDesign
Learn how to create an eye-catching and effective research poster with Adobe InDesign. Topics include basic design tips: color choices, layout, data visualization, spacing, and typography.
Info Viz: Make your Charts Sing!
Think outside the box with your data! In this brainstorming and hands-on workshop session, learn how to integrate contextual images into your excel charts.
Digital Marketing 101
Use Search Engine Optimization strategies, content marketing, online PR and marketing automation techniques to increase your following and drive traffic to your website or blog.
Motion Graphics with After Effects
Learn basic animation techniques with After Effects to make your own moving images, infographics, and title sequences.
Special Effects with After Effects
Add awesomeness to your video projects! Learn to create amazing motion graphics with After Effects and the Trapcode 3D plug-in suite. After Effects seamlessly blends 3D graphics, video, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator files into unique hybrids that can be used as special effects for all types of projects.
Creative 3D Printing
Learn special techniques for 3D printing such as printing with rubber filaments, multi-color filaments, and dissolvable filaments to print complex objects to impress friends and family. This workshop introduces the excellent 3D slicer software Cura. No 3D printing experience is necessary (but might help).
Intro to 3D Modeling
Start making your own models and modifying existing models to create objects for animation, video projects, and 3D printing. Go under the hood with the amazing free softwares Meshmixer and Blender. Also, get a peek into the incredible sculpting software Z-Brush.
Valentine GIFS with Photoshop (February)
Create an animated Valentine using simple GIFs and Photoshop’s fun filters.
MAKE 3D printed Jewelry
Explore the new materials available at the DMC on our new Ultimaker3 printer. Create 3D printed objects that look like metal, wood, and flexible plastic.
Intro to Arduino
Learn how to set up and get busy with your own unique electronics project. This workshop introduces you to the Arduino hardware and software. We’ll cover prototyping circuits and enough coding to launch you into the wild Internet of Things!
MAKE A Contact Microphone
Contact mics pick up vibrations in objects they touch. Build one and listen to the Mattin Center, like you’ve never heard it before!
Bling Your Things
Design and cut shapes and patterns in colored vinyl decals for your water bottle, laptop or other smooth objects using Adobe Illustrator and our vinyl cutter!
MAKE Identity Buttons
Make 2-inch pin buttons using imagery that relates to your self-identity or promotes a point-of-view.
Find or design images that relate to your self-identity and print temporary tattoos and vinyl fingernail decals.
LED Valentine Cards (February)
Create a unique card for your sweetie! Combine traditional card-making with modern technology: create an LED illuminated paper card!
MAKE A Photo Halloween Mask (October)
Use PhotoBooth software to distort your face and use the image as the base of a personalized mask!
Movie Making: Getting Started
Have an idea for a short video or documentary? Wondering where to start and what equipment to use? Learn about story development, planning, writing, storyboarding, and basic camera knowledge.
Movie Making: Production 101
Learn how to shoot video and get hands-on experience with our awesome equipment. Take your shoot to the next level with dollies, rigs, and advanced lighting using gear at the DMC!
Movie Making: Editing Basics
This workshop will get you started editing video in Adobe Premiere. You’ll learn about cutting, transitions, and working with multiple audio tracks.
Movie Making: Advanced Editing
Take your video to the next level with Adobe Premiere’s advanced editing techniques. You’ll learn color correction, titles, and transition effects. The last part of the workshop will be based on the needs and interests of the group so come with questions!
Lighting for Video & Photo
We’ll go over basic lighting set-ups for documentaries short films, portrait photography plus techniques for creating mood, color, and lighting effects.
Photography Crash Course
Lenses, accessories, depth of field, RAW—find out how to take your camera off the auto setting and become a better photographer.
Video Green Screen
Want to shoot a movie on the moon or in Paris, but don’t have the budget? No problem. Shoot your actors in front of our green screen and composite anywhere in the universe. We’ll cover set up and compositing in post-production
Virtual Reality for Video
Learn the basics of how to make a VR video from start to finish. You will get hands-on experience using our GoPro Fusion camera as well as our lab computers to learn how to process the footage.
Live Sound for Video
Learn to capture high-quality location recordings for narrative and documentary video. We’ll cover planning, recording and editing equipment and techniques.
Sound in Video
Learn to integrate Adobe Audition into Premiere Pro video projects to fix common problems such as noise reduction, mic buzz, and ambient sound interference. Post-production topics such as music and foley will also be introduced.
Code-Free Web Design with WordPress
Quickly and easily set up and customize your website using free, high-quality themes and code-free content management systems such as WordPress.
User Experience Design for Mobile Apps
Understand how users think by creating personas and receiving feedback on your prototypes. Learn the different features available for mobile app design and use them to create natural user experiences for your apps.