Acting for the Camera

Summer 2021

Session 1: June 27 - July 10, 2021

Session 2: July 18 - July 31, 2021
Location: Online

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

The pre-college "Acting for the Camera" application deadline has been extended to April 15, 2021.

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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. 

The course will be administered via the Zoom web platform, giving you the opportunity to meet and learn alongside students from around the world. Each day will consist of a morning session for two and a half hours, where students will get to know each other, build relationships, experience college-level lectures as well as participate in live performance. Breakout rooms in Zoom will allow for two-person scene work to be recorded, then shared with the group for feedback. Each afternoon, coaching sessions will be scheduled with the professor while other students work with a partner in a breakout room. Advances in phone and computer cameras make this an ideal class for online instruction. A lavalier microphone and tripod will be provided so the students can shoot material at home and share it with the group. 

In the first week of the program, each student will prepare two to three monologues. In week two students will create a silent scenario that they will shoot on their own and share with the group for feedback. Multiple angles and frame sizes for this exercise will be edited by a graduate teaching assistant. Finally, students will rehearse and shoot one to two scenes of their choosing. The professor will coach the students in class and advise on how to shoot the scenes remotely. The final product will be edited by the professor and a teaching assistant. Students will have the chance to participate in the editing process via screen share technology to learn how editing can effect the final product of their performance.

Edited scenes and all the work done in the course will be delivered to the students at the completion of the program.

Jumpstart Your On-Camera Profile

Though our programming will remain online in 2021, the outcomes are still very much the same:

  • 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

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

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

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Dive Deeper

  • Pre-College Summer Programs for high school students will be offered exclusively through online instruction in summer 2021.

    Students who participated last summer enjoyed a wide variety of extra-curricular opportunities that enhanced their academic studies. Whether competing for first place in our virtual “House Competition,” receiving daily 1-on-1 and group support from current LMU undergraduates, or dropping into nightly social activities with peers – students felt that one aspect of summer they loved most was the sense of community they built during their time online with LMU.

    • 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: $2,700

    The program cost includes:

    • Tuition for online two-week, non-credit course
    • Course books and materials*
    • College preparedness workshops with LMU Admission and Financial Aid offices
    • Career readiness workshops with LMU's Career and Professional Development office
    • Online social activities with LMU's student ambassadors 
    • Access to current LMU faculty, staff, and students to answer any questions about the film industry, the college application process, life at LMU and more!

    *A personal computer or video conferencing capable mobile device and internet access are required for this course and are not covered in the cost of tuition and fees. 

    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 April 15, 2021.

Lights, Camera... Action.

The pre-college "Acting for the Camera" application deadline has been extended to April 15, 2021