Emerson College runs several summer programs led by Emerson faculty. There is a program for every Emerson student from rising sophomores through graduate students. Our programs offer film classes in Prague, graduate marketing and advertising study in Beijing and Shanghai, classes in digital photography and art history in the Netherlands and a screenwriting workshop on the Island of Patmos, Greece. Students may also enjoy our summer program in Salzburg, Austria: “Global Media Literacy: Information and Activism Across Borders, Across Cultures, Across Divides”.
Our summer programs are designed to enhance your education and engage your curiosity. We value cultural experiences. The length of our programs runs the gamut—from 3 weeks to 9 weeks. The programs may change each year, but for this summer these are the study abroad programs we sponsor:
Kasteel Well Summer Program
May 23 - June 30, 2014
The topic of this 5-week summer course is dedicated to Netherlandish painting of the Renaissance and Baroque and digital photography, with a particular focus on the genre of Portraiture. Students attending this five-week program will be registered for 8 credits of undergraduate coursework. Connecting class lecture to gallery/museum visits facilitates students' ability to visualize, experience, and understand the origin, development, and spread of Renaissance art in Europe. During the excursions, students will work on special photo assignments. Summer 2014 will include off-campus lectures in Bruges and Ghent, Amsterdam, The Hague, Delft and Haarlem, and London.
Prague Summer Film Program
June 14 - July 14, 2014
Students will study on the campus of FAMU, Europe's top film school. Participants in this 4-week course earn 8 VMA credits (4 electives/4 credits toward media studies). Each student will script, cast, location scout, act, shoot, direct and edit a 5- to 7-minute HD production. Fellow students will crew for others on their film shoots. FAMU and Emerson College faculty will evaluate the projects. The first part of this course is a production course: a week-long lighting and cinematography workshop on a soundstage. The second part of the course explores Czech and Slovak cinema, with emphasis on the Czech New Wave. Special tours and lectures are planned, including a two-night excursion to the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (KVIFF).
Salzburg Global Seminar
July 20 - August 9, 2014
This year the theme of the Seminar will explore emerging challenges to innovation, civic rights and social change. This unique 3-week program will offer Emerson students the chance to study in Salzburg, Austria along with 55 other students from universities from around the globe. The program is open to all Emerson undergrads, regardless of major. The Salzburg Global Seminar invites speakers from literature, business, the arts, education, journalism, law, entertainment and advocacy groups in hopes of promoting cross-cultural awareness and gaining an understanding of global media systems and their influence on global networks and digital culture. Students will debate and examine the effect of media, digital culture and new technology on global issues and themes.
Global Marketing Seminar in China
June 2 - 20, 2014
This 3-week program is for graduate students in the GMCA program. Students will earn 4 graduate credits. This seminar invites students to familiarize themselves with the cultural environment of Beijing and Shanghai, in hopes they will gain an appreciation of the importance of international trade, international marketing, and international marketing communication. Students will attend guest lectures and make site visits to a variety of Chinese companies, including marketing, communication, and research consultancies, publishing, new media, and technology companies in Beijing and Shanghai.
Screenwriter's Lab In Greece
July 10 - July 31, 2014
A screenwriting lab on the island of Patmos, Greece offers students the chance to concentrate on and hone their film and television writing skills. In a historical and inspired setting, this 3-week program affords students the luxury of time devoted solely to writing. The program syllabus will allow for development of original narratives for feature scripts, television pilots, shorts, or cable movies.Students can choose to focus on one project or genre, or engage in cross-pollination. Additional writing exercises will be inspired by the local culture and surroundings. During the day, periods devoted to screenwriting will be enhanced by lectures, cultural events, and opportunities to explore the nearby areas.
Rosarito Public Diplomacy Workshop
July 20 - August 10, 2014
The Rosarito Public Diplomacy Workshop is open to grad students in the communication studies department with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. 15 students will be chosen to participate in this program. Chosen students will apply their knowledge in coordinating, planning and implementing a student film festival in Rosarito, Mexico as part of an ongoing effort to bridge cultures. Special attention will be focused on diverse communication challenges and how politics, economics and culture influence such efforts. During the first week of the program students will live and attend class and guest lectures at ELA, as well as make visits to various public diplomacy agencies and organizations based in Los Angeles. These visits will provide students with the opportunity to meet and dialogue with government, NGO and business leaders on challenges of public diplomacy and civic engagement in Southern California and Baja, Mexico. The course then moves to Rosarito Beach, Mexico for the final two weeks of the program.
Emerson Los Angeles Summer Program
May 20 - July 19, 2014
Emerson students who are accepted into this 9-week summer program will register for an internship course, taken for 4 or 8 college credits. The ELA Program prepares students to be employable, by interning with industry professionals such as set designers, film editors, writers, stage managers, film and television producers, casting directors, talent managers, magazines, and publicity directors. Students will gain an understanding of the industry beyond the classroom. The internship course requires completion of both academic assignments and a specific number of hours at the intern site.