Digital Arts Lab

Digital Arts Lab

Digital Arts Lab

Located in the Genworth BrightLights Education Center, the Digital Arts Lab is comprised of an editing room and studio space. Students learn every facet of production from pre-visualization, setting up, shooting, editing, and perfecting video content. Students that excel in their studies can even be hired for paid internships or be awarded RPAA college scholarships.

The editing lab is equipped with Apple workstations featuring the Adobe Creative Suite software as well as open-source software like GIMP, Blender, and DaVinci. Students spend time learning important concepts in design, motion graphics, and post-production that apply no matter what kind of equipment they use to create.

The studio features audio recording equipment, multiple backdrops including green screens, lighting equipment, DSLR, and 4k cameras. Here, students learn how to safely and effectively run their own productions. The Digital Arts Lab studio is offered as a rental space allowing students to work with local arts groups to create content of their own.


Want to learn to make videos like the pros? Have a great idea for a short film? Ready to apply for schools, internships, or jobs in digital media? RPAA is proud to announce two after-school courses:

Students are invited to the newly expanded studio space within the Dominion Energy Center where they will use tools and resources to learn the fundamentals of video production, work on projects with top Richmond Arts groups, attend guest lectures from industry professionals, live-stream interview shows, create their own short films, and perfect their demo reels. Thanks to grant funding- registration is free for public and charter school students and only $150 for private and homeschool students (scholarships available). 
Classes will run Tuesdays from March 5th and end May 21st for the Foundations of Video Production course, and Thursdays from March 7th and ends May 23rd for the Video Production course. The Student Showcase party will take place on June 6th.

Students who wish to be admitted to the Video Production Project course should submit a link to their current demo reel or an example of their work.

Questions about either class? Email Andrew Keeton:


Student Films

Hire RPAA For Your Production

Real-world experience is more valuable than classroom instruction. This is why we offer our students opportunities to work on productions for our Resident Companies and arts groups in the Richmond region at a much lower cost than full-fledged production studios. For more information about hiring RPAA to help you record your production or to rent studio space and equipment, contact Andrew Keeton or submit a production request below.