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The Digital Arts Experience aims to provide a unique opportunity for the kids & teens of the Westchester, Rockland and Fairfield communities to explore the world of creative technology, digital art, STEM related fields and more!

Our programs are goal oriented and focus on hands on learning so each and every student will complete his or her class with incredible original work that can go towards creating a portfolio.

We strive to expose our students to the digital world in order to help them discover new talents and possiblecareer paths.

Popular Courses

Graphic Design

Learn the core concepts of Graphic Design in this interactive course.

Intro to Web Development

Leave your mark on the web by mastering these fundamental languages; HTML and CSS. Join this course to begin your career in Web Development.

Scratch 101

Scratch 101

Learn to create stunning visual programs without ever writing a line of code. Scratch teaches you the core concepts of programming using a simple drag-and-drop approach.

Testimonials

“A wonderful way for a teen to learn something and have fun during the summer! It is hard to find programs aimed for High Schoolers and I was thrilled that the DAE had them. My child loved her class; Money well spent!” -Lori

“My daughter was definitely inspired by what she learned. She came home animated and excited to keep learning!” -Samantha

“Ezra told us repeatedly that these weeks were the best of his life! He was encouraged to be creative and the teachers were so flexible in helping him achieve that. Thanks for an awesome summer!” -Eric M.

“I did research all the other national camps and I’m so glad I went with something more home grown and local. I felt it was more intimate. Superior customer service. Rob was very accessible and everyone was very attentive. Gabe had an amazing time. He felt right at home!” -John H.

Meet our Instructors

Rob Kissner

Rob Kissner

President

Rob Kissner has been involved in the digital media arts for almost fifteen years. Upon graduation from Emerson College with academic honors in Media Production with a focus on audio production, Rob managed a historic recording studio and worked with top artists such as Katt Williams, The Jonas Brothers, and Duran Duran, along with numerous up-and-coming musicians. In addition to industry level experience in audio production, Rob has a strong background in teaching. Working for Apple Inc. as a computer trainer, Rob has experience teaching a wide age group in topics ranging from Mac basics to professional motion graphics, audio, and photo editing software.

Cristina Calabrese

Cristina Calabrese

Director of Operations & Co-founder

Cristina has been apart of the tech world for nearly ten years. Growing up, she had a passion to learn everything she could about computers. From how to fix them, to how to program one, her keen interest lead her to work for Apple Inc., for nearly 3 years. Working for Apple allowed her to carry out her passion and gain knowledge in various fields related to Mac OS X, as well as perform minor repairs such as RAM upgrades, hard drive, battery, optical drive, internal fan replacements and help troubleshoot iOS devices. Upon working at Apple, she met Rob Kissner and decided quickly that she wanted to be apart of The Digital Arts Experience. Nowadays, she works with Rob on a daily basis to ensure that The Digital Arts Experience is functioning as a well-oiled unit. Her interests include playing the bass guitar, video games, staying active and learning new things from The DAE.

Emily Angell

Emily Angell

Programming & Audio Instructor

Emily Angell is a Computer Programming and Audio Engineering Instructor by day and an avid singer/songwriter and performer by night.  Originally from a small town in Upstate New York, Emily moved to New York City in 2004 to attend the City College of New York, where she graduated with a BFA in Music & Audio Production. Her love of music drives her in all forms of creativity, and she hopes to inspire that in her students, whether they are programming their own games and animations or writing and recording their own songs.  When she’s not teaching, she enjoys planning events in the DAE’s beautiful 8,000 sq. ft. facility.  Emily has been with the Digital Arts Experience since they opened their doors in 2012.

Jay Soto

Jay Soto

Programming Instructor

Jay Soto, like his brother Jeff, is well versed in many programming languages. He is familiar with HTML, CSS, Java, Python, and many more. Before landing at the DAE, Jay was born in Puerto Rico and grew up in the Bronx. In his free time he likes to play video games, practice survival techniques, and cook delicious food. Jay teaches introductory programming classes involving Java, HTML & CSS, or Python.

Jeff Soto

Jeff Soto

Programming Instructor

Jeff is a self-taught software engineer with an extreme passion for programming. He has worked in many aspects of programming, including Front-End Web Development, Data Analysis, Mobile and Web Applications, and Database Management. His hobbies are, you guessed it, PROGRAMMING! Jeff feels it is extremely important that we educate our youth in Computer Science. It teaches many key skills, including complex problem solving, critical thinking, time management, and awareness.

Jess Hachigian

Jess Hachigian

3D Printing & Programming Instructor

Jess Hachigian grew up in upstate New York, but quickly found love for the digital arts. With an associate degree in Computer Science and a passion for learning new technology, he started out as an Intern at The DAE. Proving himself as a valuable asset to the team, Jess soon transitioned into a full-time staff member and Instructor. Jess now teaches 3D Printing, Scratch and Advanced Maker Lab with Electronics & Arduino classes at The DAE. Jess also is a brilliant musician who shows his skill through the drum covers he posts on Youtube.

Matt Lewis

Matt Lewis

Photo, Video, Animation, & 3D Printing Instructor

Matt is a videographer from Westchester who specializes in music video production. From working in video advertising, to collaborating on narrative film sets, he explores his love of video production as a method of art, collaboration, and communication. Matt has worked at The DAE as a 3D Printing and Graphic Design instructor, and is excited to help bring Filmmaking to The DAE in Summer 2015. For Matt, The DAE offers the perfect environment for students and instructors to explore what they love in the digital world, and to collaborate and make something awesome.

Nick Sceusa Jr.

Nick Sceusa Jr.

Animation & Game Design Intructor

Nicholas Sceusa is an Animation and VFX enthusiast. He lives, breaths, and studies the subject constantly. Nick studied Computer Graphics Technology at Purdue University and graduated with his Bachelors back in  2011. He is always willing to discuss the latest movies, online shorts, video games and other nerdy topics. Nick enjoys cheescake, growing a beard, and taking an occasional nap!

Will Jamieson

Will Jamieson

Programming Instructor

Will began coding in High School and wishes that he had the opportunity to start earlier in life. This is the advantage that he hopes to provide to young coders at The Digital Arts Experience. He is soon graduating from Suny Purchase with a degree in Mathematics and Computer Science and hopes to pass on the most efficient and concise coding techniques to prepare students to move further in the fields of computer science and programming. Outside of programming he enjoys cult-classic films, as well as video games.