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Learn from Capital’s talented faculty during this one-week immersive summer camp experience for students ages 11-13* and 14-17 interested in exploring the creative arts. For more information, please email Mindy Hamel.
2019 Camp Offerings:
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.
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Overnight residential fee per participant (which includes all meals and fees) is $795.
*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.
Middle School Debate camp fee per participant (which includes all meals and fees) is $350.
Join Capital University’s week-long Art and Design camp. This camp will allow students to learn more about drawing, design, photography, graphic design, and digital art. Students will learn about how to come up with an idea and bring that idea to life through different types of art and design. The program culminates in an exhibition of students’ work curated in the Schumacher Gallery. Family members, friends, and members of the creative community are invited to our final exhibition to share in the joy of students’ accomplishments. Art and Design camp students leave enriched, empowered, and ready to be future artists, designers, and creative thinkers.As an Art & Design Camp participant, you will:
At this camp, you will learn fictional film storytelling techniques. Each student with an adult mentor, you will produce a short film script. No previous writing experience is required.As a Screenplay Writing Camp participant, you will:
Equipment Needs: No equipment is required. At least a 250GB, USB 3.0 hard drive is suggested. If you’d like, feel free to bring your own camera and/or laptop if you want to continue work in the residence hall during down time. » See All 2019 Camp Offerings
At this camp, you will learn industry-standard video cameras, editing software, audio recording tools and techniques and more. Working in small crews with an adult mentor, you will produce a short film with actors from the local community and Capital's student body. No previous video production experience is required.As a Film Production Camp participant, you will:
Equipment Needs: No equipment is required. At least a 250GB, USB 3.0 hard drive is suggested. If you’d like, feel free to bring your own camera and/or laptop if you want to continue work in the residence hall during down time.
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Improv comedy’s impact on popular culture can be seen in such television shows as SNL, Wild-n-Out, and Whose line is it anyway? By learning some basic improvisational comedy techniques, participants will gain experience tapping into their imaginations, structuring scenes, working as an ensemble, and creating characters that are vocally and physically interesting. Campers will work together to create a showcase performance by the end of the camp. No prior experience is needed.
Interested in learning to write and record original compositions in both group settings and individually? Sign up for our I Wanna Rock music camp! Learn the fundamentals of composing including but not limited to arrangement, lyrics, rhythm, and formatting. Campers will have access to Capital University’s high quality recording studios to learn not only writing, and performing but also the technical aspects of recording. Campers who play an instrument are encouraged to bring them. Those who don’t want to focus on the performance aspect but rather the recording and composition are encouraged to join as well!
Equipment Needs: No equipment is required. At least a 250GB, USB 3.0 hard drive is suggested. If you’d like, feel free to bring your own instrument and/or a laptop if you want to continue work in the residence hall during down time.
The Ludlum Forum, home of Capital University debate, welcomes high school students to the Capital University campus for its initial summer workshop. We welcome students with no experience. Students with prior experience are also welcome and will benefit from special advanced sessions.This five-day experience will give students essential skills for success in competitive high school debate, and for success in the classroom and future professional life. An experienced and dedicated staff under the direction of Dr. Stephen Koch will provide immersion in practical debate skills as well as lay a foundation for understanding the dynamics, ethics and philosophy of public advocacy. Key processes, including policy research, case construction, brief construction, rebuttals, cross examination, evidence analysis and critical decision-making will be explained, coached and practiced.» See All 2019 Camp Offerings
Program Coordinator, Mindy Hamel
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, Improv Comedy Basics, Dan Heaton
In his over 30 year career, “Dr. Dan”, as he's known to his students, has directed over 60 productions, produced over 100 Fat Tuesday Debutantes improvisational comedy shows, and performed at numerous national and regional performance festivals and conferences. He is the recipient of the Leslie Irene Coger Award for Distinguished Performance from the National Communication Association. As part of his most recent sabbatical project, he toured a one-person show, “Almost Paradise,” which features a compilation of contemporary poetry that focuses on a variety of figures from popular culture.
Camp Director, Screenwriting, Jim Higgins
Jim 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, Debate Camp, Steve Koch
Dr. 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, Art & Design Camp, Ramya Ravisankar
Ramya Ravisankar is a multidisciplinary artist and educator based in Columbus, Ohio. Her approach to artmaking practice draws on her Indian heritage, interest in technology, and her research in Art Education. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. Her graduate thesis explored mythological subjects and goddess imagery through a distinctly feminist lens. Ramya is also a PhD candidate focusing on Art Education in the Arts Administration, Education and Policy department at the Ohio State University. Her doctoral research investigates artmaking practice as informed and expanded through new materialist theories. In her dissertation, Ravisankar discusses the implications of rethinking notions of materiality through artmaking practice while reconceptualizing artmaking as an entanglement of matter, as informed by theorist Karen Barad. She is currently a Visual Art Instructor at Capital University where she teaches painting, drawing, visual art, digital art, and art history.
Camp Director, Film Production, Sabrina Renkar
Sabrina Renkar is an MFA Filmmaker and Screenwriter based in Columbus, Ohio. She is currently an Associate Producer and Editor for Midnight Star Productions, an independent film production company. Her current project, DON’T FENCE ME IN, is a feature-length documentary about a pair of real-life WWII-era cowgirls who, on a bet, embarked on the adventure of a lifetime down Route 66 — alone and on horseback! Alongside her ongoing film work, she is also a professor of Film & Video Production at Capital University.
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.