Digital Media Institute at InterTech receives Best Buy Foundation grant for online summer camps

The Digital Media Institute at InterTech (DMII), a division of BRF, was awarded a community grant from the Best Buy® Foundation to support the school’s annual summer tech camps. The camps, aimed at developing STEM skills, have changed to an online format due to COVID-19.

Best Buy® is committed to helping teens from underserved communities become equipped for tech-reliant jobs of the future. Through their community grant program, Best Buy partners with institutions like DMII to provide hands-on learning opportunities for underserved teens across the country. DMII summer camp programming will focus on introducing teens to the fast-growing digital media industry with opportunities to develop and learn new skills.

DMII will offer two one-week-long camps for students between the ages of 10 and 18 years old. Character Design Camp will run June 22-26. It will focus on designing characters for video games, animation and comics. Online Modeling Camp will run from July 13-17. Campers will create a 3-D model which DMII staff will print and send to the student at the end of the camp. Both camps are from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. daily. The camps will only be available online, and students must have access to their own computer with internet connectivity to participate.

“Virtual camps are a new venture for our staff,” said DMII Executive Director John Miralles. “We are currently building our online summer camps from the ground up. But because of COVID-19 we feel that it’s important for parents, students and our team to feel safe while still holding these camps and giving our students a chance to learn and have fun.”

The cost for each student to attend is $25. There are still open spaces available.

For more information on the summer camps and tuition assistance, please visit To learn more about DMII’s two accredited certificate programs, please visit or call 318.213.0788.