Workshops

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.

For a full calendar of workshops and events check out the DMC’s HUB Channel.

Workshops are taught by the DMC Professional staff Elena DeBold, Joseph Faura, and Tom Boram. Events can be led by DMC student staff or special guest artists.

Audio

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.

Synthesizers

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!

Podcasting

Want to start a podcast? Learn about microphones, recording techniques, and mixing your show to sound better than the competition. Upload and distribution platforms explained.

Electric Guitar Recording

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.

Design

Photoshop for Photography

Use Photoshop’s tools to enhance your photos. Explore photo retouching techniques such as color correction, burn and dodge, brushes and special effects.

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.

Research Poster Design 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.

Information Visualization using InDesign

Think outside the box with your data! In this brainstorming and workshop session, learn how to sway your audience by telling visual stories, and use information and design software to make your case.

Creative Photoshop

Use Photoshop to creatively layer and collage images, photographs, and text. Learn new selection layer, and mask tools and become a power user.

 

Equipment Authorizations

DSLR Basic Camera Group Authorization

Learn how to operate our basic DSLR cameras: Canon T5i, andCanon 70D so that you will be able to reserve a DSLR camera for future use.

DSLR Intermediate Camera Group Authorization

Learn how to operate DSLR cameras: Canon 6D and 7D so that you will be able to reserve a DSLR camera for future use. Prerequisite is basic camera authorization.

DSLR Advanced Camera Group Authorization

Learn how to operate advanced DSLR cameras: Canon 1D Mark IV so that you will be able to reserve a DSLR camera for future use. Prerequisite is basic and intermediate camera authorization.

Video Camera Group Authorization

Learn how to operate a full range of video cameras: Vixia, XA30, and Blackmagic so that you will be able to reserve a video camera for future use.

3D Printer Group Authorization

Learn how to operate the DMC’s two MakerBots so that you can reserve one for future use.

Vinyl Cutter Group Authorization

Learn how to operate the DMC vinyl cutter so that you will be able to reserve it for cutting shapes and patterns in colored vinyl decals.

Modeling and Animation

 

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.

Creating Models for 3D Printing

Learn to create and prepare your models for 3D printing. This workshop will demonstrate printing workflows through Autodesk Meshmixer, Blender, and Makerbot software.

Valentine GIFS with Photoshop (February)

Create an animated Valentine using simple GIFs and Photoshop’s fun filters.

Maker

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 Water Bottle

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.

Temporary Tattoos

Find or design images that relate to your self-identity and print temporary tattoos and vinyl fingernail decals.

Electronic Valentines (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!

 

Video and Photo

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

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.

Web and Programming

Code Free Web Design with WordPress

Quickly and easily setup and customize your website using free, high-quality themes and code-free content management systems such as WordPress.

Intro iOS Development

Design apps for the iPhone and iPad! This introduction to iOS development uses Apple’s Xcode software to combine visual and code-based design.