Film Production: Social Impact Filmmaking

Program Dates: June 28, 2020 - July 24, 2020


This summer, focus on stories that matter.

Creating media that is socially responsible and highly effective, students in this four-week intensive introductory film program will gain insight into the process of collaborative content creation and an overview of media literacy.

Elevate your knowledge of filmmaking from one of the best film schools in the nation.

In week one, students will be placed into working groups, receiving in-class instruction as well as hands-on lab experience for a full overview of the filmmaking process. Topics include workshops in writing, casting, directing and editing. In weeks two and three, students will begin production on their final film with the final week focused on editing and post-production. The program will conclude with a screening of student work for friends and family. All students will leave with their own three-minute film and will assist as production crew on classmates' projects, giving all participants well-rounded insight into the production process. 

Students who successfully complete this program will receive college credit. Students must have completed junior year of high school by the start of summer 2020 to attend.


In Your Words: The Social Impact Filmmaking Experience

Hear from former film production students about their experience in the pre-college program.

  • Students enrolled in Film Production: Social Impact Filmmaking will have the opportunity to tour a local film or television studio.

    • Create stories that are socially responsible 
    • Learn to collaborate in groups
    • Gain a basic understanding of the filmmaking process

    Students who successfully complete this course will receive university credit.

  • Application Fee: $60

    2020 Program Cost: $8,900

    The $8,900 program cost includes:

    • Tuition for a University credit course
    • Housing for 4 weeks
    • All meals
    • Course materials
    • Use of campus recreation facilities
    • Class field trips
    • A trip to Disneyland
    • An additional weekend day trip off campus

    The cost does not include transportation to and from the program itself, personal spending money, or other incidentals.

    For additional information about program tuition and fees and payment options, please visit our Fees Page

  • This class is open to rising high school seniors only.


    • Online Application 
    • Personal Essay: Read the Prompt Now
    • Sample Work: Learn More About How to Submit
    • Letter of Recommendation from a teacher or counselor
    • Official High School Transcripts
    • $60 Application Fee

Summer 2020 applications are now available!