Academic Residential Camps

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

Film Camp

Campers entering grades 9-12
June 16-21, 2019

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 – 5/19/19: $695

After 5/19/19: $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 Camp

Campers entering grades 9-12
June 23-28, 2019

Campers, immerse your minds in the world of creative writing! Take specialized workshops in poetry, creative nonfiction and fiction with experienced professors and instructors. Experience guest workshop leaders who have Ph.D., M.F.A. and M.A. degrees in creative writing and English. Engage with women and men who have published their works and know what it is like to put your personal thoughts down on paper, and then release them into the world.

Creative Writing Camp will offer:

  • Techniques in workshopping and criticism (or, How to Make Friends While Helping Them to be a Better Writer.)
  • Regular poetry and prose readings by staff and campers.
  • Writing and reading time.
  • Personalized advice and assistance from a variety of professionals and graduate students.
  • Personal development (What is “Style,” Anyway?)
  • The essences of oratory, slam poetry and verbal narratives.
  • Community-building.
  • A safe environment where you are free to be yourself!

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 specializes in composition and adolescent education. He holds an M.A. degree in English from Northern Illinois University, a certificate of English Education, as well as an Illinois Teaching License, with an endorsement in English/Language Arts, English as a Second Language and Social Science. Doetch has worked as a writer and editor for NIU's The Northern Star, has taught rhetoric and composition at the college level, and has worked as a graduate teaching intern at NIU's English as a Second Language Center. He currently teaches culturally and linguistically diverse students in DeKalb Community Unit School District 428.

Costs

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

Standard 4/2/19 – 5/19/19: $695

After 5/19/19: $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

Campers entering grades 9-12
July 7-12, 2019


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 – 5/19/19: $695

After 5/19/19: $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.

Contact Us

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

815-753-5200
NIUCPE@niu.edu

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