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Blue = Scriptwriting, Journalism, and Broadcasting; Red = Film, Video, and Photography; Gold = Communication


June 16–27 (two weeks)


Morning

 Afternoon


Media for Change
COMM-070-N83 9:00 a.m.–noon

Backpack Journalism

COMM-070-N53 1:00–4:00 p.m

Professional Newswriting

COMM-070-N03 9:00 a.m.–noon

Broadcast Journalism

COMM-070-N30 1:00–4:00 p.m.

Scriptwriting and Video Production

COMM-070-N05 9:00 a.m.–noon

Acting for Camera

COMM-070-N13 1:00–4:00 p.m.

Speaking for Impact

COMM-070-N04 9:00 a.m.–noon

Documentary 101 CLOSED
COMM-070-N14 1:00–4:00 p.m.

Sportswriting and Broadcasting

COMM-070-N06 9:00 a.m.–noon

International Communication

COMM-070-N15 1:00–4:00 p.m.

Entertainment Communication

COMM-070-N07 9:00 a.m.–noon

Video Game Design

COMM-070-N42 1:00–4:00 p.m.

Music Entertainment Production

COMM-070-N08 9:00 a.m.–noon

Weather Broadcasting

COMM-070-N11 1:00–4:00 p.m.

Video Game Design

COMM-070-N41 9:00 a.m.–noon

Film Exploration and Criticism

COMM-070-N12 1:00–4:00 p.m.

Screenwriting

COMM-070-N09 9:00 a.m.– 4:00 p.m.

Directing for the Camera

COMM-070-N16 1:00–4:00 p.m.

35mm Photography I

COMM-070-N08 9:00 a.m.–noon

Investigative Reporting

COMM-070-N80 1:00–4:00 p.m.

35mm Photography II

COMM-070-N08 9:00 a.m.–noon

Special Effects for Video

COMM-070-N76 1:00–4:00 p.m.

Commercial Production Techniques CLOSED
COMM-070-N77 9:00 a.m.– 4:00 p.m.

June 16-July 11 (four weeks)

Student Filmmaking Series
COMM-070-N17 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

June 23-July 11 (three weeks)

All Day

16mm Film Production
COMM-070-N18 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

June 30 - July 11 (two weeks)

Morning

 Afternoon

Animation
COMM-070-N29 9:00 a.m.–noon
Advanced Scriptwriting and Video Production
COMM-070-N20 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Documentary 101
COMM-071-N71 9:00 a.m.–noon
Animation
COMM-070-N38 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Flash Fiction Writing
COMM-070-N54 9:00 a.m.–noon
Interactive Web Design
COMM-070-N70 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Nature Photography
COMM-070-N55 9:00 a.m.–noon
The Art of the Interview
COMM-070-N26 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Digital Imaging
COMM-070-N21 9:00 a.m.–noon
Backpack Journalism
COMM-070-N58 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Professional Newswriting
COMM-070-N23 9:00 a.m.–noon
Broadcast Journalism
COMM-070-N51 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Social Media 101
COMM-070-N74 9:00 a.m.–noon
Public Relations
COMM-070-N52 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Scriptwriting and Video Production
COMM-070-N22 9:00 a.m.–noon
Film Exploration and Criticism
COMM-070-N28 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Speaking for Impact
COMM-070-N24 9:00 a.m.–noon
Music Entertainment Production
COMM-070-N73 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Sportswriting and Broadcasting
COMM-070-N25 9:00 a.m.–noon
Advanced Animation
COMM-070-N75 1:00 – 4:00 p.m

 

Writing, Journalism & Broadcasting

Screenwriting
COMM-070-N09
This active workshop in film screenwriting teaches you how to develop a concept, create characters, and shape a plot. Produce a script for a short dramatic film. Bring an idea and start from scratch—or come with a script in progress. Take this course and 16mm Film Production and qualify to have your script considered for production.
Session I — June 16 – 27, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (12-1 lunch)
Fee: $1,300

Flash Fiction Writing
COMM-070-N54
Learn to write vibrant, concise stories in this fast paced course. Explore the genre of flash fiction, and tap into your creativity through free-writing exercises. Polish your work through effective word choice, self-editing, and strengthening the emotional core of your story. Finished pieces critiqued in class.
Session II — June 30 – July 11, 9 a.m. – noon
Fee: $700

Professional Newswriting
COMM-070-N03 or COMM-070-N23
See what it takes to write a news story for print, broadcast, and the web. Get practical instruction in effective writing techniques for your school newspaper, neighborhood newsletter, or website. Learn how to distinguish between news and promotional writing. Hear professional journalists talk about their careers and visit a local newsroom.
COMM-070-N03
Session I — June 16 – 27, 9 a.m. – noon
COMM-070-N23
Session II — June 30 – July 11, 9 a.m. – noon
Fee: $700

Backpack Journalism
COMM-070-N53 or COMM-070-N58
Backpack journalists do it all—and you can too. Learn to pitch an idea, shoot video, write a story, and record voiceover. Edit a final news piece and post it on the web. Work from previous years can be found here.
COMM-070-N53
Session I — June 16 – 27, 1 – 4 p.m.
COMM-070-N58
Session II — June 30 – July 11, 1 – 4 p.m.
Fee: $775

Investigative Reporting
COMM-070-N80 or COMM-070-N81
Learn about the emerging news landscape, the history of investigating the people in power, powerful organizations and how to research an interview subject, as well as 10 types of interviews. Speakers will explain how they developed major investigative stories. Tours will show you the latest in data and investigative journalism. In addition, discover comics journalism, sensor journalism and drone journalism.
COMM-070-N80
Session I — June 16 - 27, 1 – 4 p.m.
COMM-070-N81
Session II — June 30 - July 11, 1 – 4 p.m.
Fee: $775


Weather Broadcasting

COMM-070-N11
Explore the world of weather forecasting and the principles of meteorology. Learn about solar radiation, global circulation, precipitation processes, and weather systems. Analyze real-time data and broadcast a live weather forecast from AU’s television studio. Meet with meteorologists and weather broadcasters at a local television station and the National Weather Service.
Session I — June 16 – 27, 1 – 4 p.m.
Fee: $775

Broadcast Journalism
COMM-070-N30 or COMM-070-N51
This course introduces you to the field of broadcast journalism and related legal, ethical, and technological issues. Develop interviewing, reporting, and writing skills. Produce a brief radio documentary or a television field report for your portfolio. Work from previous years can be found here.
COMM-070-N30
Session I — June 16 – 27, 1 – 4 p.m.
COMM-070-N51
Session II June 30 – July 11, 1 – 4 p.m.
Fee: $775

Sportswriting and Broadcasting
COMM-070-N06 or COMM-070-N25
Learn to write for a live broadcast. Discover secrets of play-by-play commentary. Enhance your skills as a sportswriter. Students produce stand-ups at a Major League Baseball game, have press box seats to blog for a WNBA game and visit Comcast Sports NET and ESPN 980.
COMM-070-N06
Session I — June 16 – 27, 9 a.m. – noon
COMM-070-N25
Session II — June 30 – July 11, 9 a.m. – noon
Fee: $775
Film, Video, and Photography

Film, Video & Photography

Scriptwriting and Video Production
COMM-070-N05 or COMM-070-N22
Write an original short script. Produce a video, including shooting, sound recording, and nonlinear editing on
Final Cut Pro, all in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution. No prior experience required; students grouped by ability. Equipment provided.
COMM-070-N05
Session I — June 16 – 27, 9 a.m. – noon
COMM-070-N22
Session II — June 30 – July 11, 9 a.m. – noon
Fee: $775


16mm Film Production
COMM-070-N18
Learn the basics of 16mm double-system sound film production and professional techniques, including lighting, sound recording, camera tricks, and editing. Shoot and edit a short film. No prior experience required; film and equipment provided. Work from previous years can be found here.
June 24 – July 11, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (12-1 lunch)
Fee: $1,900

Student Filmmaking Series
COMM-070-N17
Combine screenwriting and 16mm film production for a comprehensive, four-week film school experience.
Film and equipment provided. Work from previous years can be found here.
Session I — June 16 – July 11, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Fee: $2,400

Interactive Web Design
COMM-070-N70
Create your own website using the latest tools, incorporating flash, photos, blogs, and other technologies. Learn how to develop sites that meet client needs, as well as those of general web surfers. Participants use Adobe Creative Suite.
Session II — June 30 – July 11, 1 – 4 p.m.
Fee: $700

Music Entertainment Production
COMM-070-N72 or COMM-070-N73
Music has the power to excite and inspire. But how are songs actually put together? In a professional recording studio, learn about multitracking, mixing, and matching music to film or video. No prior experience required; students grouped by ability.
COMM-070-N72
Session I — June 16 – 27, 9 a.m. – noon
COMM-070-N73
Session II — June 30 – July 11, 1 – 4 p.m.
Fee: $775

DWC In The Wild
COMM-070-N99
Go on location to do wildlife and environmental filmmaking or photography. Location, dates and fees announced November 1 on our website, audiscover.org. Students must be signed up for DWC In The Wild by April 1, 2014. Space is limited.
Dates, times & fees to be determined.


35mm Photography I
COMM-070-N07
An introduction to 35mm black-and-white photography and basic darkroom techniques, this hands-on course covers both aesthetic and technical issues. Film and materials provided. Bring your own 35mm camera; we will provide one if requested in advance. Session I — June 16 – 27, 9 a.m. – noon
Fee: $775

35mm Photography II
COMM-070-N08
If you have basic knowledge of 35mm photography or have completed 35mm Photography I, this course offers advanced training in lighting, composition, and black-and-white darkroom techniques. Film and darkroom materials provided. Bring your own 35mm camera; we will provide one if requested in advance. Session I — June 16 – 27, 9 a.m. – noon
Fee: $775

Nature Photography
COMM-070-N55
In conjunction with Nature’s Best Photography magazine and Nature’s Best Photography Students Online, explore techniques for photographing animal, plant, and environmental subjects. Attend discussions with editors and photographers from NBP and NBP Students Online. Go on field trips to museums and nature pre- serves. Assemble a portfolio and take advantage of the opportunity to publish your images.
Session II — June 30 – July 11, 9 a.m. – noon
Fee: $775

Directing for the Camera
COMM-070-N16
Refine your basic visual vocabulary and learn essential skills to break down a script, tell a visual story, and communicate your ideas to those behind and in front of the camera. Team up with student actors to create visual portfolios.
Session I — June 16 – 27, 1 – 4 p.m.
Fee: $775

Digital Imaging
COMM-070-N21
This course introduces you to the powerful potential of Adobe Photoshop, where you will learn the tools for manipulating digital images for book covers or movie posters and for creating vector graphics for powerful branding packages and logos. Learn the basics of color and graphic design theory that will communicate your message through both streamlined graphic art and complex digital photo manipulation.
Session II — June 30 – July 11, 9 a.m. – noon
Fee: $775

Commercial Production Techniques
COMM-070-N77
Learn how commercials are produced and distributed. Create HD video spots, with guidance from an award-winning commercial producer-director.
Session I — June 16 – 27, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Fee: $1,300

Special Effects for Video
COMM-070-N76
Special effects are necessary to boost the “wow” factor in any science fiction or action film. Through the powerful 2D and 3D tool Adobe After Effects, learn digital tricks and methods for creating simulations like fire, explosions and rain, and masking for flying, teleportation, and sky replacement.
Session I — June 16 – 27, 1 – 4 p.m.
Fee: $775

Video Game Design
COMM-070-N41 or COMM-070-N42
Using accessible tools, learn how to create compelling virtual experiences. This course focuses on the craft of game design and critical thinking about the medium. Students should have advanced computer skills and familiarity with entertainment consoles.
Session I — June 16 – 27 ,
COMM-070-N41 9 a.m. – noon
COMM-070-N42, 1 – 4 p.m.
Fee: $775

Acting for the Camera
COMM-070-N13
Develop skills to interpret a script and build character, and learn acting techniques for the small screen.
Explore physical and vocal aspects of character development for camera work. Team up with student directors to create visual portfolios.
Session I June 16 – 27, 1 – 4 p.m.
Fee: $775

Documentary 101
COMM-070-N14 or COMM-070-N71
Shoot and edit a short documentary using HD cameras and Final Cut Pro. View and discuss classic documentaries and consider production techniques and technologies. Learn practical information about distribution. Equipment provided.
COMM-070-N14
Session I June 16 – 27, 1 – 4 p.m.
COMM-070-N71
Session II June 30 – July 11, 9 a.m. – noon
Fee: $775

Advanced Scriptwriting and Video Production
COMM-070-N20
Prerequisite: Scriptwriting and Video Production or high school television production course. Build on your writing and producing skills and take your story from concept to screen. Write a treatment, storyboard, shoot, and edit on a non-linear digital system.
Session II June 30 – July 11, 1 – 4 p.m.
Fee: $775

Animation
COMM-070-N29 or COMM-070-N38
This hands-on course for beginning to intermediate students introduces you to the core concepts of animation production. Practice computer-based and hands-on techniques, and build your toolbox. Learn the fundamentals of drawing motion, character design, timing and syncing in animation, and cleanup.
Session II June 30 – July 11
COMM-070-N29, 9 a.m. – noon
COMM-070-N38, 1 – 4 p.m.
Fee: $775

Advanced Animation
COMM-070-N75
Learn how to animate in 2.5 dimensions and use motion graphic design to complement advertisements, music videos, and films. Explore the complex art of 3D animation and the basics of character and object animation in 3D space.
Session II June 30 – July 11, 1 – 4 p.m.
Fee: $775

Communication

Media for Change
COMM-070-N83
Learn how to influence people and help change your community for the better. As a collaborative team, students will learn how to apply the ADDIE model (analysis, design, development, implementation and evaluation) to effect positive change. Students will create a powerful video, animation, or media campaign for a specific organization.
Session I June 16 – 27, 9 a.m. – noon
Fee: $700

Entertainment Communication
COMM-070-N78 or COMM-070-N79
Television, film, theatre, music, sports, fashion, gaming...It’s all entertainment today. Learn from experts in the field and understand the importance of messaging. Why are ratings important in television? How do you promote a film? Could you represent a celebrity—be it an actor or athlete? What is that red carpet all about? Who gets $$ every time you hear a song?
Is the gaming industry the next big blockbuster? An inside look and what you need to be successful in the entertainment industry.
COMM-070-N78
Session I June 16 – 27, 9 a.m.– noon
COMM-070-N79
Session II June 30 – July 11, 9 a.m.– noon
Fee: $700


International Communication
COMM-070-N15
What does the color red signify in traditional Chinese culture? What is the best approach for introducing a new beverage in Russia or for teaching Africans how to prevent the spread of malaria? Through role-playing, research, discussion, and meetings with international communications professionals, you’ll deepen your appreciation for cultural differences. Produce a media campaign for a topic of your choice.
Session I June 16 – 27, 1 – 4 p.m.
Fee: $700
Fee: $700

Public Relations
COMM-070-N52
Discover what goes into a PR campaign—for example, the Washington Nationals baseball team’s “Let Teddy Win!” concept. Learn how to strategize, develop, and implement a campaign. Explore the art of messaging and talk to media reps about placing your story. Session II June 30 – July 11, 1 – 4 p.m.
Fee: $700

Film Exploration and Criticism
COMM-070-N12 or COMM-070-N28
Two Thumbs Up? Learn what it takes to become a film critic. Explore film history and genres, meet with film critics and produce your own film critique for radio or television. Become a more active critical viewer. Students will post their film reviews on the web.
COMM-070-N12
Session I June 16 – 27, 1 – 4 p.m.
COMM-070-N28
Session II June 30 – July 11, 1 – 4 p.m.
Fee: $700


The Art of the Interview
COMM-070-N26
Learn how to interview and be interviewed. Meet with professionals and learn techniques for getting subjects to talk. Interview a pro, such as NPR’s Diane Rehm, who will critique your skills.
Session II June 30 – July 11, 1 – 4 p.m.
Fee: $700

Speaking for Impact
COMM-070-N04 or COMM-070-N24
Develop confidence and skills for effective presentations. Learn strategies of audience analysis and how to overcome stage fright, manage visual aids, and understand the power of nonverbal messages.
COMM-070-N04
Session I June 16 – 27, 9 a.m. – noon
COMM-070-N24
Session II June 30 – July 11, 9 a.m. – noon
Fee: $700

Social Media 101
COMM-070-N74
Learn how to use YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, blogs, Flickr, and other media channels for professional purposes. Explore how to handle a crisis situation using social media, create practical social media guidelines, and learn about SEO, SMS, and mobile communications.
Session II June 30 – July 11, 9 a.m. – noon
Fee: $700