Category Archives: Summer

Summer for film students

Where can an aspiring film maker go this summer? 

Yale Summer Film Institue

  • 4 Weeks. Some of Yale’s most popular film classes now open to the public

Yale Intensive Filmamking Workshop

  • 5 weeks, hands on. Limited to 16 students. 

USC

Chapman

  • 2 Weeks specifically designed for high school students. For two weeks students are immersed in the world of film through class discussions, film screenings, guest speakers, field trips, and filmmaking in small groups. They live, breathe and eat filmmaking around the clock while being taught by Chapman faculty who are industry professionals and mentored by current Dodge College grad students and alumni. All of this will be shared with their peers as they work in groups to complete projects to create short digital, narrative projects which are showcased to parents and relatives on the final night of the program in our 500-seat Folino Theater.
                                                                                                                     
Amherst College Pre-College Courses    
  • Film Studies and Film Making
  • o    Film Studies: The Language of Cinema; Filmmaking                                                                                        
Art Institute of Chicago
Berridge Conservatory (3 hours from Paris, France)
Brown Pre-College
California State Summer School for the Arts – Applications were due Feb. 28, 2014
Chapman University    
Choate Rosemary Hall Summer
Colorado College Pre-College
  • The Film Institute 
  •     Topics: Psychos, Aliens, Gangsters, and Outlaws: Great American Film Thrillers
 
Columbia College High School Summer Institute
 
Columbia University           
Emory University Pre-College Summer
Interlochen Summer Camp
 
Knowledge Exchange Institute
 
Marist College Pre-College Program
University of Miami Summer Scholars Program (Florida)
National High School Institute: Northwestern University
NYU Tisch Summer High School
Penn State Summer Study
Penn State Intensive Non-Credit Workshops
Rhode Island School of Design
Sarah Lawrence Pre-College Programs
 
SCAD Pre-College Seminars
                                                                                                        
UCLA Summer Institute
 
UCLA Summer Classes for HS Students
  • College Level Classes such as Intro to Art and Technique of Filmmaking; Digital Cinema; Art and Practice of Motion Picture Producing; Planning Independent Feature Production; Overview of the Contemporary Film Industry
 
University of Southern California                    
 
University of Tulsa       
 
Thanks to various counselors at the NACAC elist for suppling the programs and suggestions. 

 

Summer Guide for aspiring designers

How to spend your summer if you intend to major in some form of design

1) Obviously, if you are an artist/designer, you should drawing, painting, designing etc. Lots of it. Seriously, this is your chosen field. 

2) Intern in the design world.  If you need help landing an internship check out Discovery Internships.

3) Test-Prep? Depends. IS your score good enough for the colleges you are most interested in? How do you know? Check out a college’s mid-50th.  No need to spend your whole summer doing test prep. Check out free test at Number 2. Do not get carried away, because many of the best design programs emphasise the portfolio. 

3) Get a head start on your portfolios. There are lots of helpful webistes like this one for the UK and this one for the USA. Check out the National Portfolio Day for links to specific majors and specific colleges for exact requirements. 

4) Attend a summer program. There are many, but a couple tha stand out include:

Other sources:

Summer Guide for aspiring sports type

How to spend your summer if you intend to major in computer or technology?

1) Obviously, if you are an athelte, you should train, and train and train. I always recommend heading to camps for kids who need to see how they stack up. Here are some popular options:

2) Intern in the sporting world.  If you need help landing an internship check out Discovery Internships.

3) Test-Prep? Depends. IS your score good enough for the colleges you are most interested in? How do you know? Check out a college’s mid-50th.  No need to spend your whole summer doing test prep. Check out free test at Number 2.

3) Get certified in things like first aid, lifeguard, fitness training etc.

4) Attend a summer program. There are many, but a couple tha stand out include:

Other sources:

 

Summer Guide for aspiring technologist

How to spend your summer if you intend to major in computer or technology?

1) Code or construct. Show the colleges you can do it on your own. Write your own Adnroid or Iphone app.  

2) Intern in the technology world.  If you need help landing an internship check out Discovery Internships.

3) Test-Prep? Depends. IS your score good enough for the colleges you are most interested in? How do you know? Check out a college’s mid-50th.  No need to spend your whole summer doing test prep. Check out free test at Number 2.

3) Attend a summer program. There are many, but a couple tha stand out include:

 

Other sources:

A four year summer plan for aspiring code breakers

Codes and Encryption

 Summer1: Brown University Mini?Course, Cryptography

Introduction to Egyptian Hieroglyphics
Rocky Mountain Talent Search, Cryptography, University of Denver

Summer2: Cornell University, The Art of Secret Writing
Duke TIP Center, Spy 101: Cryptology and Number Theory
University of Michigan, Math and Science Summer Scholars, Codes, Ciphers and Secret Messages

Summer3: University of Connecticut Mentor Connection, Cracking the Code

Summer 4: Harvard Summer Seminar, Lost Languages and Decipherment John Hopkins CTY, Advanced Cryptography 

Summer Guide for aspiring musicians

How to spend your summer if you intend to major in music?

1) Play, if you intend to be a performed, compose if you intend to create. Either way, you got to get your chops up. 

2) Intern in the music wolrd–teach children, work in the music business or otherwise get involved. 

3) Test-Prep? Depends. For the most competitive programs, SAT or ACT may not be as important, but for others they can be pretty fundamental. No need to spend your whole summer doing test prep. Check out free test at Number 2.

3) Attend a summer program

There are so many, but most agree that the serious musician will be well served by interlochen.

Majoring in Music offers one of the best lists of music summer pograms. They also provide a sound rationel:

Here’s why:

• Rising seniors: Summer music programs offer excellent and timely preparation for pre-screens and auditions.

• School isn’t in the way of diving deeply into your whatever area of music you’re passionate about.

• You get to have fun AND pursue what you love, at the same time.

• You’ll meet students from other high schools, other states, other countries. You may also meet some of the people who will be auditioning for the same spots at the same schools as you. This will help you better understand the competition that’s out there –– and what you can do to meet it.

• You can explore areas of music that are new to you, that your high school doesn’t offer, or that you haven’t had time to investigate.

• Extraordinary musicians and faculty from all over the world will work with you in groups and 1:1. This will help take your music to the next level.

Other sources:

A four year summer plan for aspiring rock stars

Rock and Roll (and Popular Music)
Summer1: Rock and Roll Camp, ends with campers’ rock concert Battle of theBands, Explore Camp, Queens University (Charlotte, North Carolina) Brown University Mini?Course, Hip?Hop, Punk and Country

Summer2: Penn State University, Music: The History of Rock ‘N Roll USC Summer Seminars, Electric Guitar – Jazz, Rock and beyond Columbia College in Chicago, Fundamentals of Record Production

Summer3: UCLA Design/Media Arts Summer Institute, Music Video Northwestern University College? Prep, two courses: The Beatles, A Multidisciplinary Mystery Tour, and Rap Music

Summer 4: Northeastern University (Boston), The Entertainment Industry Rock ‘n Roll Fantasy Camp (child attends with parents) 

NYLC nomination is both an honor and a scam, but that does not make it a bad thing.

“Nominate a deserving student,” the letter implored me. I felt honored to honor students by declaring them worthy of a leadership program. I felt betrayed when I learned that anyone can actual go to these conferences, nomination or not. Companies like Congressional Youth Leadership and Global Youth Leadership Conferences do offer genuinely positive, albeit expensive programs. But they do so from a very disingenuous place of “nominations.” Indeed a quick look on College confidential and you will see that people have been wondering if it is a scam:

National Young Leaders Conference - College Confidential

talk.collegeconfidential.com › … › Parents Forum
College Confidential 

Nov 15, 2009 - My daughter recently received an invitation to attend the National Young Leaders Conference.

So for years I have not recomended students, but rather recommended the program. My students return with a positive reports. It certainly beats 6 week SAT boot camps. But does it help get into college? The New York Times tackled this question as part of a look at the direct mailing marketing scam system of nominations. I do want to write scam, but that is unfair to the teachers and counselors who nominated in good faith. But BOXES of these nominations arrive in my office every winter. They are addressed to indivudal student, so I have no right to not deliver them. But I want to shred them and turn them over to the art department to make a paper mache skulls. 

Because the paper is not worthless. It is exactly what you make of it, much like teh nomination and life itself. So while the owners of these companies insist on sneaky practices, students can find their own meaning in the nomination…and deliver their own results. But for it to matter in the college admissions, they need to be able to articulate that meaning:

Eric J. Furda, the dean of admissions at the University of Pennsylvania, says that “the real depth to this in a highly selective process is: How has this shaped or influenced you? And your ability to articulate that.”

“For each opportunity, there will be a context or the deeper meaning,” he adds. “Where are you coming from, or where are you going with this experience?”

 

New summer program in Korea

Yonsei University is offering a really unique program this summer: Global Leaders and Dreams, for both Korean and international students:

The Yonsei Global Leaders and Dreams (GLAD) is a new program designed for gifted Korean and international high school students who want to “transform themselves in order to transform the world.” In an era marked by accelerating globalization, the leaders of tomorrow must learn to navigate an increasingly complex, interconnected, and extremely challenging global village.

The 2010 GLAD summer program is geared towards examining a range of global issues in English coupled with seminars and leadership-related activities with renowned experts who will open new horizons and guide you.

Learn more: http://glad.yonsei.ac.kr/intro/welcome_2.asp

Introducing the summer programs omnibus

Every year I am asked who has a good summer program in film or leadership or art or language or…well you get the idea. Years ago I put together a series of webpages to make it easy to find these programs. Honestly, I find Peteron‘s summer directory database cumbersome and awkard to use. I have notice new data bases like Allen’s guide or Teen Ink, but I still find them wanting. I like the idea of enrichment alley, but they have not lived up to their promise. SOOOOOOO…I have built my own. Sadly it is not a searchable database, but rather a encyclopedia. Some is annotated. Most are linked. It is organized around key themes–disciplines that my students request all the time. I hope you find it useful too.

Click here to access the Summer Program Omnibus and feel free to share.

Summer options

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Summer options

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Some favourite sites for explore summer options:

 

 

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