Social Impact Filmmaking

Summer 2024

Session Dates: June 23 - July 19, 2024

Location: On-Campus

A hands-on intensive for socially conscious filmmakers. 


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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 United States.

In weeks one and two, 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. Groups will also be assigned roles and begin pre-production work on their final film project. In week three, groups 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. 

Students who successfully complete this program will receive college credit. Students must have completed junior year of high school by the start of summer 2024 to attend.


Create Stories that Help Transform the World

Hear from former #SummerLions as they reflect on their four-week experience beginning their academic careers as young filmmakers.

Earn 3-units of college credit on successful completion of this program.

Dive Deeper

  • Social Impact Filmmaking 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 Social Impact Filmmaking course will have the opportunity to tour a local film or television studio.

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

    Students who successfully complete this course will receive university credit.

  • Application Fee: $65

    2024 Program Cost: $10,000

    The program cost includes:

    • Tuition for on-campus four-week, credit-bearing course
    • Housing and meals for four weeks
    • Course materials
    • Use of campus recreation facilities
    • Class field trips
    • 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 seniors only.


    • Online Application 
    • Personal Essay: Read the Prompt Now
    • Letter of Recommendation from a teacher or counselor
    • Official High School Transcripts
    • $65 Application Fee

Create the World You Want to Live In

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