Filmmaking & Media Production Exploration Academy

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Pre-College Programs
Pre-College Programs
Program is open to students entering grades 10–12 and recent high school graduates (ages 15-18).

Once registration caps are reached those interested will have the ability to get onto our waitlist.

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The Filmmaking & Media Production Exploration Academy offers students the opportunity to learn about many of the different jobs available in creating content for film, television, and streaming – including movies, web series, documentaries, commercials, social media, drama, comedy and more. Students work together in a hands-on, supportive environment under the guidance of industry experts with extensive experience working at major film studios and networks. As students are exposed to a wide variety of roles within the world of digital media, they will have the opportunity to meet Champlain alumni currently working in the film and television industries.

By the end of the Academy, students will have a greater understanding of what it means to work in film and where their passions lie within the filmmaking process – whether it be in the realm of fiction or non-fiction.

A sample of the sessions students will take include:

  • Screenwriting & Pitching
  • Production Management & Producing
  • Directing & Assistant Directing
  • Production Design & Costume Design
  • Cinematography & Lighting Design
  • Sound Recording & Sound Design
  • Editing & Motion Graphics

This program is designed for:

  • Students entering grades 10–12 and recent high school graduates
  • Students who are interested in filmmaking and video content creation 
  • Students who want to explore different roles in the making of film, television, and streaming content

Pre-College Summer Program Details

Filmmaking & Media Production Exploration Academy


Students entering grades 10–12 and recent high school graduates
Monday, July 8 – Friday, July 19, 2024
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Get a Jump Start on College Education

In the Filmmaking & Media Production Exploration Academy, students will:

  • Learn about the wide variety of jobs available in film and media production – from writing, editing and producing to production design, conducting interviews, and directing actors
  • Collaborate with other students who share the same passion for film, television, and streaming media
  • Explore different genres of filmmaking from streaming drama, to experimental, documentary, and comedy films
  • Film with professional level camera, sound, and lighting equipment
  • Learn to write and edit using Final Draft Screenwriting Software and Premiere Pro Editing Software
  • Develop a portfolio piece to highlight your skills and interests

Learn from the Best

During the program, students work closely with Champlain College professors who teach our filmmaking courses and have extensive expertise in the fields of screenwriting, directing, producing, editing, and cinematography.
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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 Champlain College

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 industry-expert faculty, and enjoy our beautiful campus.
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Example of a 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!

8:00 – 9:00 AMBreakfast and Morning Meeting
9:00 AM – 12:00 PMClassroom Based Instruction
12:00 – 2:00 PMLunch and Recreation
2:00 – 5:00 PMGroup Work or Screening with Vermont International Film Festival Programmers
5:00 – 10:00 PMDinner and Recreational Activity or Screening
11:00 PMLights Out

Experience College Before College

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I’m really happy I came to the Academy because it gave me something new to learn about- and now I know what I want my future career to be!
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