Digital Media Academy
(Photo, Video, & Design)

July 13-18, 2014

During this exciting and event-filled week, students will gain hands-on experience in the foundational elements of digital media, including digital photography, digital video filmmaking, and graphic design. This program is perfect for the beginner to intermediate skill-level student as a wonderful opportunity to use your creativity to enhance your eye for beauty as you develop skills in each aspect of digital media. The week culminates with your work being showcased in our Friday night arts festival for your family and friends.

Digital Photography
Students will be introduced to the concepts and practices of effective digital photography and given hands-on experience using various styles and techniques in capturing, processing and enhancing digital images. In addition to learning basic camera operations, students will learn about composition, portraiture, black and white photography, lighting and other fundamental topics. Students must supply their own camera and memory card, which can be either a digital SLR or a digital point and shoot. Students of all experience levels encouraged to apply.

Digital Video Filmmaking
Students will learn simple and practical video pre-production, production, and post-production techniques for making movies or documentaries. Students will learn how to set up shots, shoot, and then edit your video. Students of all experience levels encouraged to apply.

Graphic Design
Students will develop graphic design skills and learn to use professional design software, including Adobe Photoshop® and Illustrator®. You'll explore basic principles of composition, put your creative skills to use developing creative media projects and develop a portfolio of your work to share with others.


The academy is designed for rising high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors (ages 14-18).


Milligan's digital media facilities include state-of-the-art Mac workstations, digital media editing bays, a radio station, and a video production studio. Click here to read more about our campus facilities, including dining and residence halls.


All Fine Arts programs follow the same basic schedule and join together for meals and morning and evening activities. Schedules are subject to slight changes and will be indicated at the time of check-in.

7:30-8:00 AM
Breakfast for Residential Students
8:00-8:30 AM
Announcements & Devotions
8:30-9:00 AM Alexander Technique
9:00-10:30 AM
10:30-10:45 AM
10:45-12 NOON
Instruction and/or Project Work
12:00-1:00 PM LUNCH
1:00-2:30 PM
Instruction and/or Project Work
2:30-2:45 PM
2:45-5:00 PM
Instruction and/or Project Work
5:30-6:30 PM
Dinner for Residential Students
6:30-9:00 PM Organized activities
9:00-11:00 PM
Dorm free time - in rooms by 11 p.m.

The Alexander Technique

Students will spend 30 minutes each morning learning the Alexander Technique, taught by Dr. Charlotte Anderson, a certified instructor. The Alexander Technique is an educational method of learning how to use less effort in activity. It enables improved mobility, posture, performance and alertness and relief of chronic stiffness, tension and stress. Athletes, singers, dancers and musicians use the Technique to improve breathing, vocal production, and speed and accuracy of movement. 


Programs are led and taught by Milligan faculty, who are highly qualified and experienced in their fields. Milligan students serve as counselors and staff throughout the week.

Dr. Carrie Beth Swanay
Chair, Area of Performing, Visual, and Communicative Arts / Professor of Communications

Dr. Swanay has taught courses in broadcasting, multimedia journalism, production and editing, and visual media at Milligan since 1990. She is a graduate of East Tennessee State University (B.S., 1985, broadcasting; M.A., 1994, Instructional Technology with an emphasis in Communications). She completed her doctorial degree (Ph.D., 2001) at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Instructional Technology in which her main concentration was digital multimedia design and development. Prior to joining Milligan’s faculty, Dr. Swanay served as manager of the production department at WJHL-TV 11 (the local CBS affiliate). She is a member of the National Association of Broadcasters, Broadcast Education Association and the National Religious Broadcasters Association. She also serves as Chair of the Technology Applications Committee and is a member of the Academic Committee. She has been at Milligan since 1990.

Mark W. Peacock
Associate Professor / Instructor in Digital Photography

Mr. Peacock, who teaches the introductory class in Digital Photography, has taught at Milligan since 1998. He holds a B.S. degree in Finance from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois and a Juris Doctorate from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois. His photography has been featured in various local and regional publications and was recently featured in the photographic show “East Meets West” at the Nelson Fine Art Center in Johnson City, TN. His daily blog, Appalachian Treks, showcases his landscape photography while promoting the beauty of this region. In addition to landscape photography, Peacock also works in the areas of family portraiture, sports photography, and higher education photography.

Art Brown
Creative Services Coordinator / Adjunct Instructor of Communications

Art Brown is an award-winning graphic designer whose experience in corporate and academic settings has provided him with a dynamic and versatile design style. He has created work for both Fortune 500 companies and numerous local and regional companies and organizations. His corporate experience includes positions as art director and creative director at advertising agencies including The Tombras Group, Evergrow Branding & Marketing, and Target Marketing & Creative Services. Brown has served on the faculty of Milligan College since 2010 where he teaches graphic design and publication design. He also is creative services coordinator for Milligan College where his design work has helped the college win American Advertising Federation Gold ADDY® Awards. Art’s list of accomplishments includes local and regional ADDY awards including Best of Show in 2005, and a logo design published as part of LogoLounge 6: 2,000 International Identities by Leading Designers by Rockport Publishers in 2011. As an artist, his work has been included in both local and international exhibitions.

Milligan's Communications Program

Milligan is one of the leaders among Christian colleges in developing a truly integrated approach to convergent, multimedia journalism. Milligan's communications major is one of the largest programs at the college. It features programs in Digital Media Studies, Film Studies, Interpersonal and Public Communication, Multimedia Journalism, and Public Relations. Putting graduates in influential roles in a world where mass media are a driving force is our mission. Students are educated for a wide range of careers in the field of communications in mainstream media and church settings. They are distinguished by their solid theoretical knowledge, their professional skills, and their ability to think and act as Christians in a world where all media converge to form a set of compelling communications tools. Students work alongside professionals in their field through internships in a variety of settings.

Milligan Communications graduates are working for NASA, CNN, Saturn, Dreamworks SKG, Zoo Studio Nashville, Focus on the Family, and Standard Publishing, to name a few. Others are working at TV, radio, and newspapers throughout the country. Some are working in ministry or youth ministry and in businesses or non-profit organizations. Many have pursued graduate studies at University of Illinois, University of Georgia, NYU, Duke, Johns Hopkins, and Georgia Southern, to name only a few.

Milligan College

Milligan College is a premier Christian liberal arts college in beautiful Northeast Tennessee. Milligan has been named one of the Top 10 best baccalaureate colleges and one of the Best Buys in the South by U.S. News & World Report. The college offers more than 100 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in a variety of fields, along with graduate and adult degree completion programs, all designed to help individuals prepare for lives of servant-leadership.

More Information

Questions? Contact or call 800.262.8337. Click here to download a registration form.