Arts and Communication Pre-College Studio Programs
Television and Film Production Studio
Television and Film Production Studio offers rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors an opportunity to explore concepts and practices in television and film production. Applicants selected for the five-week program gain extensive production experience including, but not limited to, script writing, cinematography, lighting, sound recording, and editing. Students who complete the program will have an opportunity to showcase their television and film work and production skills they have learned.
Please note: This program is designed for students who want an intensive overview of the concepts and practices used in television and film production, have a passion for storytelling and respect for the creative process, and understand how to manage their time and complete assignments both in and out of the classroom. Students entering grades 10, 11 and 12 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.
Television and Film Production Studio focuses on developing and strengthening the creative and technical skills used in television and film production. Students who participate in this program:
- Gain a working knowledge of single-camera field production
- Develop a working knowledge of television studio equipment
- Learn industry standard techniques for shooting, lighting, sound recording and editing
- Develop an understanding of television and film history and real-world operations
- Conceive, write and plan several projects
- Gain experience workshopping scripts in a group setting
- Demonstrate their production skills by completing a portfolio reel of projects
Television and Film Studio Screening
Students who complete the five-week program will have an opportunity to screen their work for family and friends. At the screening, Television and Film Production Studio students will present a brief selection representative of their work and illustrative of the television writing and production skills they have developed during the program. Television and Film Production Studio Screening: August 13, 2013.
Program Dates and Costs
Program Dates (including required orientation): July 6–August 10, 2013
Screening: August 10, 2013
Move-out day for on-campus students: August 11, 2013–by noon
Television and Film Production Studio Program per student: $2,795
Lunch, Monday through Friday, is included in the program fee.
On-Campus Housing per student: $3,195
Non-refundable application fee: $30
Television and Film Production Studio Priority Application Deadline: April 30, 2013
Who May Apply
This pre-college program is designed for students who want an intensive overview of the concepts and practices used in television and film production, have a passion for storytelling and respect for the creative process, and understand how to manage their time and complete assignments both in and out of the classroom. Students entering grades 10, 11 and 12 during the 2013-2014 academic year and 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.
To apply to the Television and Film Production Studio Program, submit the required application form (completed and signed), a non-refundable $30 application fee, and the following documents:
- Student Statement of Purpose: In one or two pages, please describe: 1) what you hope to achieve during the studio program, and 2) an event you feel has prepared you for the pre-college program.
- Essay: In one page, discuss the following: a television program, film and/or director or producer that you feel is most influential to you and your work. In a collaborative or team project, what role do you feel most and least comfortable taking? Why?
- Teacher Recommendation: Please submit at least one recommendation, completed by a teacher who knows your work, in a sealed envelope with the teacher’s signature across the back seal. If possible, the teacher should know your work in the field to which you are applying.
- Completed Video Project on DVD or VHS or script: Please do not submit the only existing copy of your work.
We will accept applications through June 17, 2013. Admission to Emerson College's Arts and Communication Pre-College Programs is on a rolling basis. We suggest applying early, as space is limited. Admission decisions are made frequently.
The priority application deadline for Television and Film Production Studio is April 30, 2013.
International Student Applicants
International student applicants must provide additional application materials. Read international student information for applicants to pre-college programs.
Television and Film Classes
Television and Film Production Studio covers a wide array of television formats and film genres, as students learn the equipment and techniques used in both single-camera field production and studio production. Each student writes and directs a television episode, completed short film, or webisode that can serve as a portfolio reel for their college applications. Projects include a scripted short—a class assignment where students rotate crew positions; music video group projects; and individual final projects—each student directs his or her own project and serves as a crew member on fellow classmates’ projects. The program also introduces students to the various roles available in the industry.
Throughout the program, film and television screenings along with class discussions enhance theoretical understanding of the historical evolution of film and television. Screenings will include fictional narrative, documentary, avant-garde, sitcoms, one-hour drama series, and other forms.
The success of this program is based on the students’ ability to form collaborative relationships based on mutual respect. Class participation plays a key role in the development of each student’s skill level. In addition to working together during exercises, students are required to comment and offer fair and constructive criticism on works screened in class.
Schedule is subject to change.
Monday through Friday
9:00 am–5:00 pm
Evenings: Homework time as assigned by instructors.
Saturday, 9:00 am–12:00 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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