Acting for the Camera

Summer 2023

Session 1: June 25 - July 8, 2023
Session 2: July 16 - July 29, 2023
Location: On-Campus (both sessions)
**Applications are currently closed for Summer 2023's Acting for the Camera program**

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


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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. 

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. Students will record scene work then share with the group for feedback. Each afternoon, coaching sessions will be scheduled with the professor while other students work with a partner.

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 final product will be edited by the professor and a teaching assistant. Students will have the chance to participate in the editing process to learn how editing can effect the final product of their performance.

Edited scenes will be delivered to the students at the completion of the program.

Jumpstart Your On-Camera Profile

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.

Dive Deeper

  • Acting for the Camera is a residential program on LMU's Los Angeles-area campus. There are no commuter options at this time - all participants are required to live on campus for the duration of their program.

  • 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

    2023 Program Cost: $5,400

    The program cost includes:

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

    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)


Lights, Camera... Action.

Applications are currently closed for summer 2023's Acting for the Camera program, but we welcome any questions you may have about future programming. Pre-college courses for 2024 will be available online in October 2023. Please check back soon for additional details!