Creative Arts Camps | Capital University, Columbus Ohio
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    • June 23 - 28

      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: 

      • High School Screen Writing 
      • High School Debate Camp 
      • Middle School Debate Camp* 
      • High School Music Camp: I Wanna Rock – A Week of Music Making

      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 Hamel
      Department of Communication, Huber-Spielman Hall
      Capital University
      Bexley, OH 43209
      Fax: 614-236-6169
      Phone: 614-236-6201
      For 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 Camp
      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, Film Production
      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, Music Camp
      Neal 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. 

       

    • Our Facilities

      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. 

      • While on Capital’s campus, campers will eat in the Capital Court Dining Room. Located on the second floor of the Student Union, the Capital Court Dining Room offers everything from Asian stir-fry, to American classics and a fresh salad bar. 
      • Throughout their stay, campers will be accompanied by camp counselors during campers’ daily activities. Additionally, campers will find a conference assistant posted at the College Avenue Residence Hall front desk. This individual will help answer campers questions about the day’s activities and will help monitor activities within the residence hall. 
      • Capital University provides fully commissioned Public Safety officers on campus 24 hours a day seven days a week. 

      Overnight accommodations:

      • Overnight Campers will stay in the College Avenue Residence Hall. Just a three-minute walk from the Student Union is College Avenue Residence Hall, Capital’s most modern residence hall, where campers will relax and sleep. College Avenue Residence Hall features suite-style room configurations, wireless internet access, study rooms, conference rooms, community activity areas and coin-free washers and dryers. 
      • We will assign each camper a single, air-conditioned and furnished bedroom in a four- to six-person suite on a gender-specific floor. Each suite consists of one or more bathrooms, a kitchenette area with microwave, and a furnished common room. Each bedroom in the suite is tiled and furnished with an extra long twin mattress, a bed frame, a dresser, a desk, and a desk chair. 
      • Campers will need to bring their own pillows, bed linens, toiletries, clothes hangers, alarm clocks and other personal items. 
      • On each floor, we will have at least one overnight residence hall assistant for every seven residential campers. Our overnight residence hall assistants are Capital students majoring in art, electronic media and film, and theater. They are at least 18, of the same gender as the campers on that floor, and have successfully completed background clearance checks. Because the security and safety of our campers is our priority, campers must be in their assigned suites by 10:30 pm and in their assigned rooms by 11:30 pm. 
      • We keep the entrance doors to the College Avenue Residence Hall locked at all times. As an added security measure, we will not issue entrance-way access cards to this building directly to the campers. Instead, camp counselors who will accompany the campers throughout their stay on our campus will give campers access to the residence hall. We will issue campers keys to their assigned suites and to their assigned bedrooms. 
      • Throughout their stay, campers will be accompanied by camp counselors during campers’ daily activities. Additionally, campers will find a conference assistant posted at the College Avenue Residence Hall front desk. This individual will help answer campers questions about the day’s activities and will help monitor activities within the residence hall. 
      • Capital University provides fully commissioned Public Safety officers on campus 24 hours a day seven days a week.