Arts and Communication Pre-College Credit Programs
Animation Program for High School Students
The Animation Program offers high school seniors and exceptional juniors interested in animation a practical introduction to the field. Through the curriculum of theory and practice, which features the opportunity to develop hands-on production skills, students engage in the digital media creative process and acquire the basics of three-dimensional modeling and animation. In addition, students study the techniques of writing the short subject. Students in this program earn eight college credits.
The Animation Program focuses on the creative process of animation.
Foundations in Visual and Media Arts Production, 4 credits
This course combines lectures with hands-on workshops. It examines the relationships among photography, graphics, audio, film, video, and emergent digital media within the context of cross-media concepts, theories, and applications. The course traces the creative process from initial conception and writing through production and post-production, sensitive to a range of aesthetic considerations. Students will proceed through a series of digital media exercises that will lead to completion of a final project, which establishes a foundation for advanced production course work. Students will gain a basic-intermediate competency in Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Final Cut Pro, and DVD Studio Pro. Course time will be divided evenly between lecture and lab time, balancing theory and practice.
Computer Animation, 4 credits
This course introduces students to the fundamentals of three-dimensional modeling and animation. Students learn to model, texture objects, compose and light scenes, animate, and add dynamics, as well as to render their animations into movies and to compositing movies, audio, titles, and credits in post-production.
Writing the Short Subject, non-credit
Study of the writing of the short subject within the genres of fiction, nonfiction, and experimental concepts and scripts (including animation). Scripts range from 3 to 15 minutes and are suitable for production. Students will complete comprehensive revisions of their work.
Program Dates and Costs
Program Dates (including required orientation): July 10-August 12, 2011
Animation Program per student: $4,895
On-Campus Housing per student: $2,995
This summer, we are pleased to announce the availability of a limited number of scholarships for high school students to attend our five-week summer programs. Scholarships are given to students who demonstrate the most financial need. Awards vary depending on available funds and need.
Who May Apply
High school students entering grade 12 and exceptional high school students entering grade 11 during the 2011-2012 academic year are welcome to apply to the Animation Program for High School Students.
The Animation Program is designed for students who want an intensive training experience, understand how to manage their time and complete assignments both in and out of the classroom, and wish to earn college credit. Students who have the desire and maturity to receive constructive criticism about their work and give helpful feedback to others during the program are encouraged to apply.
Each candidate for the Animation Program must submit the required application form, completed and signed, along with the following required documents.
- Student Statement of Purpose - In one page, please describe what you hope to achieve during the program.
- Essay - In one page, discuss an animator or digital media artist who you believe is most influential or inspirational to your work..
- Transcript - An official secondary school transcript
- Test Score - A copy of your official PSAT, SAT, or ACT score
- Teacher Recommendation - Please submit one recommendation, completed by a teacher who knows your work, in a sealed envelope with the teacher’s signature across the back seal.
Download the Pre-College Credit Application Form (PDF)
Download the Pre-College Credit Teacher Recommendation Form (PDF)
Admission to Emerson's Pre-College Credit Programs is on a rolling basis. We suggest applying early, as space is limited. Decisions for admission are made frequently. Applications will be accepted through June 17, 2011. The priority application deadline is May 16, 2011.
Students are required to bring an external hard drive that meets the following specifications:
- Must be 7200 RPM
- Must be Firewire 800, with a minimum of 100 GB -We suggest LaCie, Rugged Hard Disk, FireWire 800, FireWire 400 and Hi-Speed USB 2.0
Schedule is subject to change.
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday and Thursday
Optional, free College Writing Workshop
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Emerson College reserves the right to change any provision of this program at any time. The College specifically reserves the right to change its tuition rates and any other financial charges. The College also reserves the right to rearrange its courses and class hours, to drop courses for which registration falls below the minimum enrollment and to change instructor assignments.
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