Programs

Writing

Graphic Novel Creation

9am – noon

Here’s your chance to engage in the art of graphic novels and comics. Students in this class will learn the skills necessary to create their own illustrated stories while using various forms of comic books and graphic novels as inspiration. The focus of this course will be on both writing and drawing.

 

Fan Fiction Writing

9am – noon

If you’ve finished your favorite story, film, cartoon, video game or comic, it’s likely that you wish those characters, that world, or that plot had another chapter. Get the chance to continue the saga by becoming a fan fiction writer! Remix existing stories to write something new: cast yourself in the world of Harry Potter, have Superman battle Cthulhu, or dream up space pirate adventure starring Taylor Swift. The possibilities are endless!

 

Song Writing

9am – noon

Have you ever wanted to learn to play, sing, or write your own songs? If so, then this is the class for you! Using recordings of songs you enjoy, we’ll study how they are put together and use what we learn to create our own music using scales, chord progressions, and rhythmic patterns.

 

Fantasy Writing

1pm – 4pm

Explore the magical realms that you’d find in the Harry Potter and Lord of the Ring series’. This is your chance to write about magic, mythology, new worlds, fantastical creatures, and the supernatural. Create characters that never were or have yet to be!

Performing Arts

Song Writing

9am – noon

Have you ever wanted to learn to play, sing, or write your own songs? If so, then this is the class for you! Using recordings of songs you enjoy, we’ll study how they are put together and use what we learn to create our own music using scales, chord progressions, and rhythmic patterns.

 

Jamming & Musical Improvisation (NEW!)

1pm – 4pm

This class is designed for the student interested in rocking out with other musicians. Explore the spontaneity of collaborative musicianship, while working within standard structures and chord progressions to create original and expressive music.

 

A Capella Singing (NEW!)

1pm – 4pm

Come learn to be Pitch Perfect! In the style of Glee and Pentatonix, students will learn ensemble part singing, ear training, and possibly vocal percussion. The week culminates with a trip to the recording studio to record a performance of what was learned.

 

Music Recording & Engineering

9am – 4pm

Students will learn how to record and mix music using the same computer programs, microphones, and gear as the top professionals in the music industry.  From the garage to the studio, the same rudimentary set of skills will be taught to ensure that anyone can make a good recording. There is no experience needed to take this class and students will have the opportunity to record the Summer Academy A Capella Singing and Song Writing musicians.

Art & Design

Interior Design

1pm – 4pm

This design course provides students with an overview of the function and flair of interior design. Through the exploration of materials such as wallpaper, fabric, paint, furniture images, and room accessories coordinated by color and theme, students will solve daily design problems by generating room vignettes for fictional clients.

Math, Science, Technology & Engineering

Fire Science (NEW!)

9am – noon

Not only will students learn the science behind fire, but they will also learn how it can be controlled and contained. Learn from emergency response professionals about how modern-day technology and respect for nature, can save lives.

 

2D Animation

9am – noon

Learn basic animation terminology and technology, including storyboarding, tweening and interactive controls. Then design and create your own 2D animations using Macromedia Flash™ and ActionScript™. Students should be familiar with basic computer skills.

 

Aquatic Ecology

9am – noon

Explore the largest ecosystem on Earth! Through lab work and trips to local aquatic locations, uncover the organisms that live in fresh water and maritime environments and see changes to the aquatic environment that generate substantial environmental impact.

 

Environmental Technology

1pm – 4pm

Explore how technology and science can save the environment. Students will experiment with environmentally-friendly energy technology by designing, testing, and analyzing solar & wind technologies. Also, learn about “going-green” by creating products and testing their efficiency and effectiveness versus products available commercially.

 

3D Modeling

1pm – 4pm

Used in architecture, animation, jewelry, and even medical prosthetics, 3D modeling is a modern day fundamental tool. This 3D Modeling class teaches the fundamental skills necessary to start any 3D design project using CAD.

 

Music Recording & Engineering

9am – 4pm

Students will learn how to record and mix music using the same computer programs, microphones, and gear as the top professionals in the music industry.  From the garage to the studio, the same rudimentary set of skills will be taught to ensure that anyone can make a good recording. There is no experience needed to take this class and students will have the opportunity to record the Summer Academy Pop Singing Workshop and Song Writing musicians.

 

Video Production A

9am – 4pm

Spend a week immersed in field and studio video creation from pre to post-production. Learn to develop ideas, formulate scripts, shoot footage, and participate in the editing process with a focus on visual storytelling. Students will get a hands-on experience in a collaborative group based setting.