Creative Arts Camps | Capital University


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    • The dates for this year's camps are June 10th-15th.
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      Learn from Capital’s art, film and theater professors during this one-week immersive summer camp experience for students ages 14-17 interested in exploring the creative arts. For more information, please email Mindy Hamel 

      We will offer three camps this summer:

      The camper 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.

      Overnight residential fee per participant (which includes all meals and fees) is $765.

      Creative Writing Camp 

      At this camp you will explore how creative writing works. This camp is designed to give you the vocabulary, background, and confidence to articulate your feelings and thoughts about the three major genres of creative writing: fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. The goal is to expand your creative toolbox in order to help you tell the stories you want to tell. No previous experience is needed. 

      As a Creative Writing Camp participant you will:

      • Learn about the elements of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry.
      • Gain the vocabulary, background, and confidence to articulate your feelings and thoughts about the three genres of creative writing.
      • Write your own stories, essays, and poems and participate in group workshops. 
      • Create a portfolio of your work. 
      • Read your own work in front of audience of peers and members of the community. 

      Equipment Needs:
      No equipment is required. If you’d like, feel free to bring your own flashdrive, digital camera, and/or laptop if you want to continue work in the residence hall during down time. 


      Debate Camp

      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 residential 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. 


      Film Production Camp

      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 Capital’s Acting for Film Camp. No previous video production experience is required.

      • As a Film Production Camp participant, you will: 
      • Learn screenwriting techniques. 
      • Learn the process of auditioning with actors. 
      • Develop skills for working with actors on set. 
      • Learn industry standard equipment. 
      • Film a short narrative film. 
      • Edit in Adobe Premiere Pro CS6. 
      • Showcase your film for a live audience. 

      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. 


    • Meet Our Camp Instructors

      Program Coordinator 
      Dr. Sharon Croft is a professor of communication at Capital University. Although her primary teaching areas include public speaking and film criticism, Dr. Croft has coached Capital’s improv troupe, has experience as a stage performer and director, and has worked as a DJ for WXCU and an on-air reader for VoiceCorps. 

      Camp Director, Creative Writing
      Bryan Hurt is the author of Everyone Wants to Be Ambassador to France (Starcherone 2015), winner of the Starcherone Prize for Innovative Fiction, and editor of Watchlist: 32 Stories by Persons of Interest (Catapult 2016). His fiction and essays have been published in The American Reader, Guernica, the Kenyon Review, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Tin House, TriQuarterly, and others. He holds a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Southern California and is an assistant professor of English at Capital University.

      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
      Dr. Betsy Pike is director of Electronic Media and Film within the Communication department at Capital University. She has worked as director, writer, producer and executive producer for various feature length films, short films, documentaries, promotional videos, instructional and music videos. She was selected to be a Faculty Fellow at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (the Emmys) in 2013. She holds a Ph.D. in Media Arts and Studies from Ohio University and her research focuses on experiential learning and concepts of creativity and problem solving.


    • 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. The camper 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.

      • 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. 
      • 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.