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July 10-August 4, 2017

Boston University's

Academy of Media Production

A complete media experience for high school students

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Program Overview

This four-week workshop program presents students the opportunity to explore the many aspects of media production while developing the required interpersonal skills to be a successful communicator.

Today's aspiring communicators need to be proficient in a variety of production skill sets. AMP students learn the power of good writing and visual literacy by creating videos, films, webcasts, multi-camera productions, and more. Faculty and staff instruction allows students to engage in the process and to explore their creativity. With college on the horizon many high school students wonder how these interests translate to the next stage of life. This on-campus, live-in collegiate experience allows students the chance to investigate potential educational and professional opportunities.

AMP students do all this collaborating with like-minded students, making new friends, and having a great summertime experience in the heart of Boston. Applications are being accepted. It's time to AMP UP!

July 10-August 4, 2017

Boston University's

Academy of Media Production

A complete media experience for high school students

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Learning

You're bright, creative, and eager to be a storyteller. Maybe you already shoot video, write screenplays, report for the school paper, blog, vlog, or host an online music program. Even if you're just beginning the journey, the Academy of Media Production can be your gateway.

AMP presents the theory, technical instruction, and practical application to develop a student’s abilities as an effective storyteller. Everyone spends the first four days of the program in the Skills Training session and will select three of the following five workshop options - Digital Filmmaking, Video Field Production, TV Studio Production, Effects Editing, or Radio. Each of these workshops are five-day sessions.

Skills Training

Every student begins their AMP experience in the Skills Workshop. Students learn about story structure and the pre-production, production, and post production processes. They also begin training with the camera, audio, and lighting equipment they'll use, as well as their postproduction editing tools.

Check out the students review of the Skills Training.

Digital Filmmaking

Experience the cinematic approach to narrative storytelling using images and sound to create original work. Instruction combined with hands-on experience presents the foundation of the craft and the interrelationship of writing, visualization, and technical execution. Every student is challenged to work through a sequence of choices that maximizes the collaborative skill and energy of the crew.

The Digital Filmmaking Workshop students describe the experience.

Video Field Production

Video Field Production focuses on the disciplines of nonfiction storytelling. Aspiring journalists and documentarians learn about story development, researching, resourcing, and effective interview techniques while producing a feature package and a profile project.

Watch the production students’ report on the workshop.

TV Studio Production

Television Studio offers the experience to learn and create in a multi-camera environment and work live in real time. Everyone directs an interview segment, as well as functioning in all crew and talent capacities. This is preparation for the final project performance production.

The TV Studio students can best explain in their own words.

Effects Editing

Effects Editing presents the robust dynamics of postproduction. Instruction is customized to each student’s skill level, which allows for the integration of refined skills such as color correction, motion effects and animation as appropriate.

Watch how the students “cut it” in Effects Editing Workshop.

Radio

Radio for broadcast and the internet allows students to create, program, and execute a live three-hour streamed radio show. Instruction covers format programming, news and feature writing, interviews, spot production, field and studio recording, and audio post production. Working live requires

See what the radio students have to say.

Seminars

In addition to the workshops students participate in the seminar series. Seminars offer focused instruction in producing, directing, or screenwriting. Sessions include discussion, project work, and critiques. Students select one seminar topic and attend sessions every Monday evening during the program.

July 10-August 4, 2017

Boston University's

Academy of Media Production

A complete media experience for high school students

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Special Access

Guest lectures and site visits are an important part of AMP experience and are scheduled throughout the program. Guest lecturers meet with students to share their expertise and experiences. Site visits expose students to media environments for an up-close perspective on how professionals ply their craft.

Whether on the set of a feature film, a national television series, a newscast, a radio station, an editing facility, or the operation of a MLB stadium production the site visits provide a valuable learning opportunity. Everything the students see not only expands their perspective, but also reinforces what they are learning in the workshops and seminars.

We appreciate all of our gracious site visit hosts.

July 10-August 4, 2017

Boston University's

Academy of Media Production

A complete media experience for high school students

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Activities

It’s a variation of an old adage, but all work and no play would make an AMP student a dull young woman or young man. That’s why the social calendar is full of activities.

Outside of class, AMP students become familiar with the world-class city of Boston, enjoying its unique meeting ground of American history and youthful energy. Situated between the Charles River and Fenway Park, Boston University offers its students generous opportunities to experience the rich cultural and social environment that is Boston.

July 10-August 4, 2017

Boston University's

Academy of Media Production

A complete media experience for high school students

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For Parents

The Academy of Media Production is a live-in, on-campus experience where students learn not only how to be effective storytellers, but also how to develop their interpersonal communication skills. This is achieved through a combination of academic, extracurricular, and social experiences that prepare students to succeed.

Faculty and staff lead the workshops and seminars supported by teaching assistants that represent some of the best and brightest students at the College of Communication. Some staffers are former AMP students. The student to instructor ratio is generally 3 or 4:1.

AMP’s program assistants supervise all activities outside of the workshops and they reside on the same dorm floor as the students. While students have a full schedule, they also have ample time to relax and enjoy campus and the city. Students do have a curfew and are expected to abide by the code of conduct established by the program and Boston University.

Feel free to contact us directly with any question at buamp@bu.edu or 617.353.5015.

July 10-August 4, 2017

Boston University's

Academy of Media Production

A complete media experience for high school students

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Apply

All interested students are encouraged to apply. Applications are accepted on a rolling admission basis. Applications received after April 28, 2017 can only be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Application Process

Eligibility

Eligible applicants are high school students who will be rising sophomores, juniors or seniors in summer 2017.

Process

Apply to AMP with all of the following materials. Completed applications must be received before an admission decision is made.

  • Application form
  • One-page essay explaining why you want to attend AMP
  • Current high school transcript
  • Letter of recommendation from a teacher or guidance counselor
  • $25 application fee

Optional: Students are encouraged to include any writing and media samples with their application.

Pay online or make checks payable to Boston University and mail to:

Academy of Media Production
Boston University
College of Communication
640 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees for 2017 total $5,850 — which includes tuition, room, board, and health services.

Deposit: After acceptance into AMP, there is a $750 fee to secure the student’s place in the program. Your son or daughter may attend only after all fees are paid in full. The full payment deadline is June 12, 2017, and payments are non-refundable.

Additional Expenses: While tuition and program fees fund most AMP activities, students should plan to bring at least $75 a week for laundry, transportation, entertainment, and incidentals.