Champlain College: Media Production Academy

Burlington, VT


The Pre-College Media Production Academy is an intensive 16-day learning experience that introduces current high school students to the professional methods of visual storytelling techniques used in the broadcast industry.

Students will earn three transferable college credits while gaining skills in the production of video and audio for journalism, radio, social media, as well as field and studio multi-camera production.

On our breathtaking campus in Burlington, Vermont, students will gain hands-on experience in: camera and sound equipment operation; visual composition; media writing; audio production and editing. Students will learn, hands-on, in our state-of-the art production stage, sound studio, and radio station located in the new Center for Communication and Creative Media while gaining media literacy and exploring the role of broadcast media in American culture.

By the end of the program students will have learned to create news stories, personal video essays, podcasts, and a studio-based short program as well as gain experience with live streaming. Students will have access to industry standard camera and lighting equipment (Canon XA-10, Lowell Rifa Lighting kits) and industry standard software such as the Adobe Creative Suite and the Tricaster mobile studio.

The program includes field trips to local media outlets such as television and radio stations, newspapers, and commercial production houses. When not attending class or doing creative work, students enjoy recreational activities as well as cultural and social events that highlight the unique advantages of summer in Vermont.

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