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Dear High School Educator:

American University, in association with the American Film Institute, The Newseum, and NBC 4, offers high school students and teachers extraordinary opportunities to explore the field of communication this summer in a dynamic university setting. Students and teachers may commute or live on campus for these 2 to 4 week programs that run June 21-July 16, 2010.

Discover the World of Communication Program attracts students worldwide. The program is designed especially for students who have an interest in film, journalism, multimedia and communication. We offer an exciting series of short, non-credit courses taught by professors and working professionals with international experience who are immersed in their fields. 2010 courses include:

• 16mm Production • Podcasting 101: A New Brand of Audio Production
• Scriptwriting & Video Production • Interactive Web Design
• Screenwriting • Video Game Design
• Documentary 101 • Film Exploration and Criticism
• Animation • Directing and Acting for Camera
• Flash Fiction Writing • Nature Photography
• Editorial Cartooning • Photoshop and Digital Photography
• Professional Newswriting • Sportswriting and Broadcasting
• Broadcast Journalism • Weather Broadcasting
• Backpack Journalism • Environmental Communication
• Speaking with Impact • Animated Music Video Production
• 35mm Photography I and II • Student Filmmaking Series

Start planning now, and decide which hands-on interactive classes you and/or your students would like to take. Classes are open to students and teachers of grades 9-12. There are no prerequisites for the program. The only requirement is enthusiasm and the desire to have an enjoyable and educational experience. Take advantage of American University’s state-of-the-art editing studios, video cameras, and digital imaging software. In addition, meet professionals and personalities from prominent television stations, National Public Radio, and major newspapers. At the end of the program each student receives a copy of his or her project and a certificate of participation. Each teacher receives a copy of his or her project along with exemplars for teaching, advice for designing high school courses and a continued connection with American University and the School of Communication.

All classes offered to the students are also available for teachers--for credit or non-credit. Please share this information with your students and PTA. If you have any questions or would like a brochure, please contact us at 202-885-2098, or by email at
Check out highlights from summer 2009 and new information on summer 2010 at

Sarah Menke-Fish, Assistant Professor
Director, Discover the World of Communication