Adlab Camps and Workshops

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AdLab camp and workshops, provided by the SIU School of Journalism, are designed for high school students, college students, and community members to learn basic advertising skills, graphic design principles and a “how to” for small business advertising, through engaging demonstrations. Virtual camp and workshops will allow camp directors to lead camp via online platforms, such as Zoom, allowing students to experience hands-on learning at home.

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Online by clicking any of the session links below.

• Fax the Registration Form to 618/453-5680 or email it to

• Call 618/536-7751 with credit card information.

Creative Compass Camp

Grade: 9-12
Date: July 7-9, 2020
Registration Fee:
Registration Deadline: July 3, 2020

Students will explore a variety of directions within the field of advertising. Here they will be led by advanced SIU advertising students to learn the basics and conquer beginner skills in advertising production. Before the session, students will be required to download free mobile and computer software’s, such as Adobe Spark, Blender, and the mobile version of Photoshop Express. In addition, students will need access to a working computer and a smartphone or tablet for photo/ video production.

Participants will meet online Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, from 1-4pm, CST. With a maximum of 10 students per session for thorough one-on-one assistance in learning the programs. Additional sections may be added due to increased interest.

Graphic Design Workshop

Grade: High School Students and Adult Learners
Date: July 28-29, 2020
Registration Fee:
Registration Deadline: July 24, 2020

In an age of technology, graphic design is a rising necessity in business, advertising, and many industries. Here intermediate graphic designers, from students to community members, will enhance their abilities using techniques taught by experienced SIU advertising students. The participants will be required to have access to photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator. We hope to grow your skills as you further develop your careers.

Participants will meet online Tuesday and Wednesday, from 1-4pm, CST. With a maximum of 10 students and community members per session for thorough one on one assistance in learning the programs. Additional sections may be added due to increased interest.

Advertising 101 for Small Businesses

Grade: Open to the community
Date: July 15, 2020
Registration Fee:
Registration Deadline: July 10, 2020

What does your brand communicate? How do you best reach your customers? Do you find yourself asking these questions? Come collaborate with the knowledgeable, SIU advertising students to master self-branding for your small business. The session is ideal for businesses in the beginning stages of development.

Participants will meet online Wednesday, from 1-4pm, CST. With an unlimited number of small business owners to exchange ideas and practice creative group brainstorming. No additional sections will be created as the session is uncapped.

Camp Requirements

The Camp Release Form is required for camp participation and must be received in our office prior to camp beginning.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

ALL requests for refunds must be submitted in writing. The registration fee, less a $15 cancellation fee, will be refunded if you cancel by the Friday prior to each start date. Any time after that date, refunds (less the $15 fee) will be issued for medical reasons only. Refunds are not given to campers who voluntarily leave camp.


For camp questions, contact Bridgette Baumann

For registration questions, contact Faith King at