Foundational Program

No Experience Needed: Unleash your Creativity
Free classes for teens ages 12 – 19

Unleash your creativity at Spy Hop! Take one of our Foundational classes in film, audio, music, or design; no experience needed! These short classes are designed for artists of every skill level — whether you’re a first-time or returning student. Dig in and learn media art skills from our professional teaching artists, become a part of the Spy Hop community, and make your creative ideas come to life. Register today and unlock the door to learn new skills.

About the Foundational Program

  • Participation is free!
  • No experience needed
  • Take as many foundational classes as you like
  • Classes are available for rising 7th graders thru age 19
  • Classes are grouped by ages: 12 – 14 (middle-school), and 15 – 19 (high-school and beyond)
  • Class capacity: 10 students per foundational class
  • Afterschool and Summer Foundational classes are offered on different schedules to give students as many opportunities as possible to find a class that fits their schedule!

Tips on the Registration Process:

  1. Complete the online registration form prior to the start of class – please note the recommended ages for classes and schedule! 
  2. After registering, you will receive communication to confirm your enrollment. Be sure to respond to the request to confirm your enrollment!

*Note: Capacity for Foundational classes is capped at 10; if we are unable to confirm your enrollment, your seat will be given to another student.

Questions? Call Spy Hop 801-532-7500 or email programs@spyhop.org 

Read about Spy Hop’s approach to afterschool programming and creating a welcoming, inclusive and safe environment for all students.

Current and Upcoming Foundational Classes

Design | 
Foundational
March 4 – March 27
Monday/Wednesday | 4 – 6pm

Ages 12 - 14

Learn logo design, animation, character design, and more!
Film | 
Foundational
March 4 – March 27
Monday/Wednesday | 4 – 6pm

Ages 12 - 14

Make film stills, light subjects, create shot lists, edit, and more!
Audio | 
Foundational
March 5 – March 28
Tuesday/Thursday | 4 – 6pm

Ages 12 - 14

Dive into the basics of podcasting — write, record, and produce your own podcast!
Music | 
Foundational
March 12 – April 18
Tuesday/Thursday | 4 – 6pm

Ages 15 - 19

Collaborate with other musicians, write lyrics, create original music, and perform!
Audio | 
Foundational
March 12 – April 18
Tuesday/Thursday | 4 – 6pm

Ages 15 - 19

Learn the basics of Ableton beatmaking and music production.
Film | 
Foundational
March 12 – April 18
Tuesday/Thursday | 4 – 6pm

Ages 15 - 19

Learn the basics of screenwriting: develop your filmmaking skills with lighting and cameras!
Design, Film | 
Foundational
March 12 – April 18
Tuesday/Thursday | 6 – 8pm

Ages 15 - 19

Learn the ins and outs of making movie magic, from the design perspective.
Film | 
Foundational
April 22 – May 15
Monday/Wednesday | 4 – 6pm

Ages 12 - 14

Learn the basics of crew roles, set protocol, film blocking, production design, editing, and more!
Audio | 
Foundational
April 23 – May 16
Tuesday/Thursday | 4 – 6pm

Ages 12 - 14

Learn the basics of music and sound in this beginner audio engineering and production class!
Design | 
Foundational
April 23 – May 16
Tuesday/Thursday | 4 – 6pm

Ages 12 - 14

Learn all about costume design in the film industry and fashion for everyday use.
Design | 
Foundational
June 10 – June 27
Mon/Tue/Wed/Thurs | 12 – 4PM

Ages 12 - 14

Dive into the lore of your favorite show, movie, or video game! Make merch that goes with your favorite fandom in this 3-week class.
Audio | 
Foundational
June 10 – June 27
Mon/Tue/Wed/Thurs | 12 – 4PM

Ages 15 - 19

Share your voice through podcasting on social issues like politics, religion, education, and the environment. In this class, you’ll create a podcast series to make your opinions known. Don’t just join the conversation; start one!
Design | 
Foundational
July 8 – July 25
Mon/Tue/Wed/Thurs | 12 – 4PM

Ages 15 - 19

Design a cosplay based on your favorite characters, or create something inspired by your designs! Learn skills like armor creation, clothing design, or prop building to apply to different parts of your cosplay!
Music | 
Foundational
July 8 – July 25
Mon/Tue/Wed/Thurs | 12 – 4PM

Ages 15 - 19

Learn how to rock in a band! This class focuses on collaborating with other musicians, lyric-writing, performing, and creating original music in a group.
Film | 
Foundational
July 8 – July 25
Mon/Tue/Wed/Thurs | 12 – 4PM

Ages 12 - 14

Want to get into filmmaking but don’t know where to start? Start your filmmaking journey in this four-week class: learn the basics of cameras, lighting, creating film stills, making shot lists, editing, and more!
Design | 
Foundational
July 8 – July 25
Mon/Tue/Wed/Thurs | 12 – 4PM

Ages 12 - 14

Learn how to tell stories through comics! Build your skills to effectively use panels, convey time/movement, and communicate emotion. Complete (at least!) four comic pages to have your work featured in a zine!

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