Digital Media Production Academy

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Program is open to students entering grades 11–12 and recent high school graduates.

The Digital Media Production Academy is an intensive pre-college summer program for rising high school juniors and seniors, and recent high school graduates interested in exploring the professional methods of visual storytelling used in the broadcast industry. Students learn hands-on skills in our state-of-the-art production stage, sound studio, and radio station while taking a deeper dive into media literacy and exploring the role of broadcast media in American culture.

By the end of the Digital Media Production pre-college program, students will have created news stories, personal video essays, podcasts, and a studio-based short program, and worked with professional livestream techniques. The program includes field trips to local media outlets such as television and radio stations, newspapers, and commercial production houses. The culmination of this experience will be the creation of an entertainment-style program featuring the work students created over the course of the Academy.

This program is designed for:

  • Students entering grades 11–12 and recent high school graduates
  • Students interested in getting hands-on experience with professional methods of visual storytelling techniques used in the broadcast industry
  • Students who love to create videos and social media content

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Pre-College Summer Program Details

Digital Media Production Academy

Session I – Residential

Students entering grades 11–12 and recent high school graduates
July 11 – July 22, 2022
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Get a Jump Start on College Education

In the Digital Media Production pre-college summer program, students will:

  • Work with industry-standard camera and lighting equipment (Canon XA-10, Lowell Rifa Lighting kits)
  • Get experience using industry-standard software such as the Adobe Creative Suite and the Tricaster mobile studio
  • Learn visual storytelling, the techniques of visual composition, and storytelling with sound through a rigorous curriculum
  • Practice preparing media for public and on-air presentation
  • Explore media writing for multiple platforms
  • Build confidence and gain real-world experience

Learn From the Best

In this pre-college summer program, digital media production will be taught by professors in Champlain College’s Broadcast Media Production and Filmmaking courses. Sound design will be taught by instructors from our Sonic Arts courses. All of these professors have extensive industry expertise and professional connections in their respective fields.

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Make Friends

Program attendees will have a lot in common with their fellow students. By working together in the classroom, living together in the residence halls, and enjoying extracurricular activities, students form friendships that last far beyond the length of the Academy.

Experience World-Class Academics

In an ever-changing world, Champlain College is renowned for preparing future leaders in the most sought-after career fields and professions that today’s students are most passionate about. Explore our facilities, learn from our expert faculty, and enjoy our beautiful campus.

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Sample Daily Schedule

The daily program will include morning and afternoon instruction, and a combination of instruction and recreational activities in the evenings. We’ll work right through the weekend to take full advantage of the time we have together!

8:30 – 9:00 AMMorning Meeting
9:15 AM – 12:15 PMClassroom Instruction
12:15 – 2:00 PMLunch and Recreation
2:00 – 5:00 PMClassroom Instruction
7:00 – 10:00 PMEvening Lab / Recreation Activity

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You will not be disappointed. It is an opportunity for your child to see what the college experience is about, increase their knowledge of the subject, and meet a diverse group of students who are now friends.
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Learn More About Pre-College Summer Programs at Champlain College

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