You may be wondering how you can get your kid into graphic design.
In fact, you may be asking:
Can kids actually learn graphic design?
Yes, kids can learn graphic design by introducing them to the main concepts of design theory and getting them started with the basics of graphic design software. In the age of memes and YouTube, kids are actually very prone to wanting to create their own graphics.
How do I know? I have an 11-year old boy who only wants to create digital content!
Whether because your kid shows talent or you want her to do something fun during the summer or after class, graphic design is an excellent option.
Plus: They can learn from home, making it a lot easier for parents to manage time.
For nearly ten years I’ve been teaching graphic design mainly at the college level, but learning the foundations of graphic design remains the same at any age.
For this post, I provide a list of the best free and paid graphic design courses and activities specially designed for kids and teens I could find.
Let’s check it out.
7 Graphic Design Courses for Kids and Teens
This list includes the best and most complete graphic design children’s programs I’ve found, as well as graphic design courses for teenagers.
I’ve also included other programs focused on topics closely related to graphic design, such as animation, coding, and even game design. These may sound more advanced, but some of these programs are designed for as young as kindergarteners.
Keep in mind that the options listed offer in-person as well as virtual courses, both paid and free.
iD Tech | Graphic Design Lessons Using Adobe Illustrator
If your kid is into digital drawing, Adobe Illustrator is an excellent tool to learn. Kids can select from one single lesson up to a package of 12 lessons per month. That way, they can master the program at their own pace and within a flexible schedule.
- The program offers one-on-one learning with an experienced iD Tech Certified Instructor
- Curriculums are customized to your kid’s interests and skill levels
- They send post-session reports to keep your kids progress on track
- They offer options for bringing a sibling or friend for free
American Graphics Institute
AGI’s graphic design summer courses are a hands-on opportunity to learn programs such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Final Cut Pro. Your teen will be learning from the same staff that teach their corporate courses and in the same facilities.
- No prior experience in graphic design is required
- Classes are given in presence and with a live expert
- Class sizes range from 8-12 students
- Trainings use either Mac or Windows computers
Digital Media Academy
Digital Media Academy offers a wide range of courses that are divided into career paths that go all the way from creative design to game development and robotics. Have your child scroll through their many options and let their imagination and interests lead them.
- They have a wide range of courses
- Perfect for those looking for virtual-only classes
- They offer both after-school and camp programs
If your kid has different interests, I’ll encourage you to visit Varsity Tutors’ programs. They not only offer graphic design courses, but have many programs and camps on topics like animation, coding, and STEM.
- These courses are completely virtual
- They offer week long camps (2-hour daily sessions)
- Live classes from top experts
- Small group courses
New York Film Academy
If your child is more leaned into the creative side, then this is the perfect place. They specialize in visual and performing arts offering intensive hands-on education.
- They offer both on-campus and virtual summer camps
- Most of the courses have an online option
- Programs are divided by age: kids camps (ages 10-13) and teen camps (ages 14-17)
- They have virtual after-school and weekend camps
Tech & STEM Camps for Kids
The following are some great options for kids interested in coding, game design, and other tech topics related to graphic design.
Create & Learn | Kids’ Coding Corner
An excellent source with a variety of online fun projects and resources to learn coding. They offer free classes, summer camps, and update you on the next tech kids events.
- Each class is designed with kids in mind
- They offer open classes featuring tech experts from top companies such as Pixar, NASA, and Apple
- Their classes have a maximum of 5 students for individualized attention and feedback
- Your child will receive hands-on projects and learn the platforms that professionals use
Developed by a team with educational background from top universities, this camp offers hands-on education while covering experimental and collaborative topics in STEM.
- Lavner Education is virtual only
- They offer more than 50 Tech & STEM summer camps
- Instructors from top universities
- Promotions available when you enroll your child in more than one camp
Other Tech Camps to Check Out:
How Do I Get My Child Interested in Graphic Design?
It’s no mystery that kids’ attention span is limited. They need to relate to things they enjoy and are familiar with, such as movies, videos, and games that get them excited, or books they’ve already read.
In all of these examples, graphic design plays a very important role, and this is what I recommend using to get kids’ attention and interest in graphic design.
Now you may be asking yourself, what kind of graphic design tools or programs do I need to get my kids started?
Start with open-source software, such as Inkscape, to get kids started making simple graphics. Inkscape is a free-alternative to Adobe Illustrator.
Something about vector graphics that I like for kids is that they can start drawing just as they would on paper. They can use simple shapes, lines, and colors to create familiar drawings right away.
Yes, kids can learn graphic design, and with so many virtual options they can start as soon as today.
Graphic design is a great option for kids because it’s fun, useful, and provides real-life skills that they will use no matter which path they take.
Do you want to get your kid excited about graphic design but don’t know how to start?
Feel free to comment with questions, recommendations, or topics you’d like me to cover as I update this post.