Academic Residential Camps

NIU Continuing and Professional Education offers a variety of residential summer camps for students entering grades 9-12.

Film Camp High School
(Campers entering grades 9-12)

June 16-21, 2019

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Do you love movies? Of course you do. But have you ever wanted to make a movie? Do you want to …

  • Be a movie director?
  • Learn cinematography?
  • Become a digital video editor?
  • Have a movie in a film festival?

If so, you will do all this and more at NIU's Film Camp. Campers will work with experienced media producers, camera operators and directors while learning about digital filmmaking from script to screen. By the end of camp, each camper will have their own group-produced movie to share with family and friends and film-festival audiences.

Here is a brief list of what campers will learn:

  • The three phases of filmmaking: preproduction, production and postproduction.
  • Writing a script.
  • Camera operation, shooting techniques and styles.
  • Cinematography.
  • Digital nonlinear editing.
  • Filmmaking production aesthetics.

Former Campers have gone on to earn some great achievements, such as winning a Chicago Film Festival CineYouth Award.

Camp Director

Michael Corvino is an instructor of media production courses at NIU and a freelance videographer. He has a master’s degree in media studies and over 15 years of production experience. He has made an award-winning documentary, music videos, athletic highlight reels, instructional videos, and worked on independent films like the 2007 Anthony Hopkins film, Slipstream, where he assisted the camera crew, including Academy-Award-Winning Cinematographer Dante Spinotti, using Panavision's Genesis HD and Panavision Film cameras.

Costs

Early Bird Special before 4/1/19: $675

Standard 4/2/19 – 5/31/19: $695

After 6/1/19: $725

A $25 discount is available to NIU employees, families sending more than one camper or campers attending more than one camp.

For more information contact Mark Pietrowski: call 815-753-1456 or email pietrowski@niu.edu.

Film Junior High Camp
(Campers grades 5-8)

June 23-28, 2019

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During the course of one week, students will learn the roles of key personnel in making a short media production. The students will learn how to use various equipment under the supervision of trained personnel. They will work together to create a short video and learn the process of putting collaborative work on sharable social media (e.g. Youtube, Instagram). The goal of this workshop is for students to gain insight into what it takes to make a film, gain confidence in creating their own work, and be able to use these skills at home.

Camp Director (Bio)

Kevin Oakes received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Video and Film from the Illinois Institute of Art. He has worked for NIU since 2004 in Media Services and has over fifteen years experience in live production.

Costs

Early Bird Special before 4/1/19: $675

Standard 4/2/19 – 5/31/19: $695

After 6/1/19: $725

A $25 discount is available to NIU employees, families sending more than one camper or campers attending more than one camp.

For more information contact Mark Pietrowski: call 815-753-1456 or email pietrowski@niu.edu.

Creative Writing High School Camp
(Campers entering grades 9-12)

June 23-28, 2019

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Join your community of creative writers! Develop your writing craft with a supportive group of like-minded creative people, driven to express themselves through the written word. Take specialized workshops from highly-qualified, published instructors and guest speakers in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and screenwriting. Be inspired to write your works in this extraordinary environment on the Northern Illinois campus and workshop your drafts with skilled supporters of your ideas. At CWC, you are sure to grow as a writer and to learn how to:

  • Overcome the affective filters that block inspiration
  • Build worlds of your own design that captivate readers
  • Mine your memories for engaging works of nonfiction
  • Write dialogue to capture the essence of personhood
  • Choreograph action sequences more vivid than a movie
  • Make your readers laugh out loud with your cutting wit
  • Give your readers chills with your poetic truths

In addition to workshops and structured writing time with talented counselors and guests, this camp will offer evenings of community-building activities and time for socialization with other teen writers. The week will close with a lunch reception for campers and their families in which campers will read from their best work.

Camp Director

Troy Doetch, Jr is a dedicated teaching professional and writer. He holds a Master’s of Arts in English from Northern Illinois University, where he published his non-fiction in the Northern Star as a writer and editor and taught Rhetoric and Composition in the First-Year Composition Program. With high ratings as a teacher of college, high school, and middle school students, Troy is certified by the Illinois State Board of Education to teach English, Social Science, and English as a Second Language. He has spoken publicly on his work at the Chicago Competency-Based Education Symposium, the Illinois State University Connections Conference, the Midwestern Conference on Literature, the Allerton English Articulation Conference. Currently, he teaches English and Public Speaking at North Boone High School, in Poplar Grove.

Costs

Early Bird Special before 4/1/19: $675

Standard 4/2/19 – 5/31/19: $695

After 6/1/19: $725

A $25 discount is available to NIU employees, families sending more than one camper or campers attending more than one camp.

For more information contact Mark Pietrowski: call 815-753-1456 or email pietrowski@niu.edu.

Creative Writing Junior High Camp
Campers in grades 5-8

July 14-19, 2019

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Are you a creative mind? Join Creative Writing Junior High Camp to sharpen your skills in writing stories, poetry, and screenplays! Our highly qualified counselors and guest speakers will lead you in growing as a writer, through engaging workshops and activities. Be inspired by joining our group of talented young writers who are driven to express themselves through writing. As a “junior” camp, this camp is designed for young adolescents and our counselors are supportive and experienced in working with the middle-level student. At CWC Jr, you are sure to grow as a writer and to learn how to:

  • Overcome the emotional filters that block inspiration
  • Write your experiences to create engaging stories
  • Create conflicts that resonate with all people
  • Write dialogue in different voices
  • Create action scenes more vivid than a movie
  • Make your readers laugh out loud with your wit
  • Give your readers chills with your poetic truths

In addition to writing workshops and structured writing time with talented counselors and guests, this camp will offer time for community building and social development with other young writers. The week will close with a lunch reception for campers and their families in which campers will read from their best work.

Camp Director

Troy Doetch, Jr is a dedicated teaching professional and writer. He holds a Master’s of Arts in English from Northern Illinois University, where he published his non-fiction in the Northern Star as a writer and editor and taught Rhetoric and Composition in the First-Year Composition Program. With high ratings as a teacher of college, high school, and middle school students, Troy is certified by the Illinois State Board of Education to teach English, Social Science, and English as a Second Language. He has spoken publicly on his work at the Chicago Competency-Based Education Symposium, the Illinois State University Connections Conference, the Midwestern Conference on Literature, the Allerton English Articulation Conference. Currently, he teaches English and Public Speaking at North Boone High School, in Poplar Grove.

Costs

Early Bird Special before 4/1/19: $675

Standard 4/2/19 – 5/31/19: $695

After 6/1/19: $725

A $25 discount is available to NIU employees, families sending more than one camper or campers attending more than one camp.

For more information contact Mark Pietrowski: call 815-753-1456 or email pietrowski@niu.edu.

Speech Camp High School
(Campers entering grades 9-12)

July 7-12, 2019

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Do you want to develop your speech skills? Speech camp is an opportunity to practice the art of effective delivery by memorizing pieces, writing speeches, and honing research skills. Enjoy the cooperative and practical approach this camp takes to the creative process while meeting students from across the Midwest who share in your passions! You will work with an experienced coaching staff and members of our nationally ranked speech team to find topics and scripts that you can make your own. By the end of camp, each camper will leave with a completed speech draft, a finalized cut for their interpretation pieces, or have the chance to improve their limited preparation skills.

Here is a brief list of what campers will learn:

  • How to find a topic for public address events
  • How to select a quality script for interpretation events
  • A deeper understanding of speech structure
  • Tips and tricks for delivery
  • How to improve yourself as a speaker and performer
  • And much more!

We offer all IHSA and NSDA recognized events including radio. Join us and make lasting friendships and memories that will stay with you long after camp is over.

“I loved camp! Loved, loved, loved it! I’m so happy that you continue to inspire performers year in and year out…so many good memories.” -Kay Cannon, former camper, writer for the “Pitch Perfect” movie trilogy, and co-executive producer of Fox’s hit comedy “New Girl”

Camp Director

Matt DuPuis holds a dual role at the university as the Forensics Coaching Specialist and the Assistant Director of Forensics. He has been involved in forensics for 12 years and has served as a counselor and organizer for summer forensics programs at both Northern Illinois University and Bradley University. Matt competed at both the high school and college level, including his time on the national championship Bradley University Speech Team. He is an award-winning competitor and coach, who, more importantly, is supported by a phenomenal coaching staff and team.

Costs

Early Bird Special before 4/1/19: $675

Standard 4/2/19 – 5/31/19: $695

After 6/1/19: $725

A $25 discount is available to NIU employees, families sending more than one camper or campers attending more than one camp.

For more information contact Mark Pietrowski: call 815-753-1456 or email pietrowski@niu.edu.

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NIU Continuing and Professional Education
148 N 3rd St.
DeKalb, IL

815-753-5200
NIUCPE@niu.edu

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