Acting for the Camera

Summer 2021

Session 1: June 27 - July 10, 2021

Session 2: July 18 - July 31, 2021
Location: On-Campus

A two-week intensive on the art of acting for film and television.

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In the heart of the film and television industry, under the guidance of LMU faculty, who are longtime professional actors with credits including 24That 70s ShowEntourageBeauty ShopCSI: Crime Scene InvestigationMad MenThe MentalistSwitched at Birth and The Big Bang Theory, students will explore the techniques used to craft performances for the camera, with a focus on film, television and web series.   

In addition to camera basics, students will learn about working with lighting, microphones and editing programs. Daily opportunities to perform on camera, review the takes and have one’s work critiqued are supplemented with script analysis and discussions on crafting strong acting choices. Every student will perform a variety of scenes on camera with a variety of partners from the workshop.

Students will leave the two-week program with a reel of scenes demonstrating their work on camera. LMU offers a truly unique opportunity to study acting for the camera in the city synonymous with film and television.

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Why Acting for the Camera?

Hear from former #SummerLions as they reflect on their two-week experience living on the Bluff and participating in this on-camera acting intensive.

Your road to on-camera acting begins with a single scene.

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  • LMU is planning to offer in-person pre-college summer programs in 2021. However, in the event that public health officials do not deem it safe to return to campus, we are prepared to transition the program online and will notify impacted students immediately. The final decision to host the program in person or online will be made in Spring 2021.

    For additional information, please visit our FAQ page. We will update this regularly as new information becomes available.

  • Students enrolled in the Acting for the Camera course will have the opportunity to tour a local film or television studio.

    • Develop practical communication skills while enhancing acting techniques
    • Gain exposure to the demands and challenges of acting on camera
    • Explore the human experience through performance
  • Application Fee: $65

    2021 Program Cost: $4,975

    The program cost includes:

    • Tuition for two-week, non-credit course
    • Housing for 2 weeks
    • All meals
    • Course materials
    • Use of campus recreation facilities
    • Class field trips
    • Two off-campus social field trips on the weekend

    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 sophomores, juniors and seniors.


    • Online Application
    • Personal Essay: Read the Prompt Now
    • Letter of Recommendation from a teacher or counselor
    • High School Transcripts
    • $65 Application Fee
    • TOEFL Scores (for International applicants whose primary language is not English)

    The deadline to apply is March 15, 2021.

Lights, Camera... Action.

Acting for the Camera pre-college applications are now open!