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Learn from Capital’s Communication and Film professors during this one-week immersive summer camp experience for students ages 11-13* and 14-17 interested in exploring the creative arts.
We will offer three camps this summer:
The overnight campers will stay in one of the supervised residence halls, be provided breakfast, lunch, snacks, and dinner, and participate in classes and activities. Recreational activities will be scheduled in the evenings.*Middle School Debate Camp is a daytime only camp for students ages 11-13. The day campers will be provided lunch, snacks, and participate in all classes and activities.
QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS? Attn: Mindy HamelDepartment of Communication, Huber-Spielman Hall Capital University Bexley, OH 43209 Fax: 614-236-6169 Phone: 614-236-6201For more information, please email Mindy Hamel
Meet Our Camp Instructors
Program Coordinator Mindy Hamel is an administrator for the Art, Communication, Conservatory of Music, Electronic Media and Film, and Theatre programs. She works with various camps and programs on Capital’s campus including the Creative Arts Camp, Winds and Percussion Camp, Columbus Youth Symphonic Band, and the Complete Band Director Workshop. Her career has a strong emphasis in organization including her recent role as the Director of Administration and Planning for the internationally recognized Gateway Film Center.
Camp Director, Debate CampDr. Steve Koch has over four decades of experience as a director of intercollegiate debate, including coaching several national championship debate teams and individual speech competitors. He has been teaching and directing high school workshops throughout his career, including in Iowa, Massachusetts, South Dakota, California, and Georgia as well as Ohio where he has previously served as Executive Director of the Ohio High School Speech League.
Camp Director, Film ProductionJim Higgins is Professor of Electronic Media and Film within the Communication department at Capital University. He is a director, writer, producer and color grader for various feature length films, short films, documentaries, promotional videos, instructional and music videos. Jim’s films Oremus, Mother’s Milk, and The Clearing have screened at multiple film festivals around the world. He holds a M.A. in Screenwriting from Central Missouri University.
Camp Director, Music CampNeal Schmitt has been a part of the Columbus music scene as a live sound engineer, performer and producer for more than 20 years. Prior to embarking on his teaching career, Schmitt and his business partner opened Workbook Studio, a 3,200-square-foot, New York-style loft recording and performance space that was featured in EQ, Tape Op and Mix magazines. Workbook Studio recorded hundreds of the region’s most important acts and hosted benefit concerts, CD release shows and art openings, and served as the setting for two pilot episodes of a live music program. Today Schmitt teaches classes in web development, music technology and audio production. He is committed to developing immersive educational experiences that include student trips to Nashville, South By Southwest and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Schmitt believes in equipping his students with the correct tools, encouraging them to swing for the fences, and using successes and failures as cherished teaching moments.
Capital’s creative arts summer camp programs will be hosted in the educational and lab facilities on Capital University’s Bexley campus, 1 College and Main. Overnight campers will stay in one of the supervised residence halls, have breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and participate in classes and activities. Recreational activities will be scheduled in the evenings. Day campers will have the same meals and experiences excluding the overnight accommodations and evening activities.