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Filmmaking summer camps at Cleveland State University

The Odyssey Program at Cleveland State University’s School of Film & Media Arts offers a variety of immersive summer camps for high school students (aged 13–18) interested in filmmaking.  

During the in-person summer camps, students see behind the scenes and learn how the film industry actually works through special guest lectures and site visits to real-world media environments.  Outside of class, residential students get a preview of college life by staying in Cleveland State University dorms and experiencing Cleveland's robust cultural offerings through scheduled trips and activities.

With access to the film school's professional soundstages, Mac editing labs, and vast inventory of film production equipment, expert instructors aided by CSU film student camp counselors help students hone their skills while finding their creative community and making friends during these activity-packed experiences.

All meals are provided for residential students and breakfast and lunch is provided for day camp students.

The summer includes an experiential three-week camp from June 14-July 2, followed by three one-week intensive camps that focus on acting and directing (July 12–18), documentary production (July 19-25), and postproduction (Jul. 26–Aug. 1). Day camp and residential options are available.

Learn more at csufilmodyssey.com

Contact: (216) 687-5087 or email [email protected]


Odyssey Program Experiential
Three-Week Summer Camp 
June 14–July 2, 2021
Residential: $4,500
Day Camp: $3,600 

Live, eat, sleep, dream, and create films with the students and faculty of the School of Film & Media Arts at this immersive summer film camp for students aged 13–18.  Through interactive workshops, lectures, film screenings, and focused activities, students learn storytelling, film literacy, screenwriting, acting for the camera, directing, shot composition, cinematography, lighting, editing and much more as they create their own original films in a fun and collaborative environment.  

Odyssey Intensive: Acting and Directing 
Residential: $1,500
July 12–July 18, 2021 

Day Camp: $1,200
July 12–July 16, 2021  

Nail your next audition and learn to work with actors as a director! Presented by the Cleveland State University School of Film & Media Arts, this new one-week intensive day and residential summer camp focuses on the crafts of acting and directing for students aged 13–18. 

Odyssey Intensive: Documentary Production 
Residential: $1,500
July 19–July 25, 2021

Day Camp: $1,200
July 19–July 23, 2021   

Interested in telling stories about the world around you?  Presented by the Cleveland State University School of Film & Media Arts, this new one-week intensive day and residential summer camp teaches the art of documentary production for students aged 13–18. 

Odyssey Intensive: Postproduction  
Residential: $1,500
July 26–August 1, 2021

Day Camp: $1,200
July 26–July 30, 2021 

Learn how to mix creativity with technology and fix it in post with this new one-week intensive day and residential summer camp for students aged 13–18, presented by the Cleveland State University School of Film & Media Arts.