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Point Park Summer Camps Cultivate Youth Interests

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

This summer the University offers a record number of summer camps geared to teenagers’ many interests and career aspirations, from crime scene investigation to scriptwriting to journalism.

Beginning in June, Point Park opens its doors to hundreds of young people for:

• Animation Camp
• CSI Camp
• High School Journalism Workshop
• International Summer Dance
• Joey Travolta Film Workshop
• Screenwriting Camp
• Sport, Arts and Entertainment (SAEM) Summer Workshop

Several camps are new for 2011.

Interested high school students will spend three days on campus July 19-21 exploring forensic science in the new crime scene investigation (CSI) camp.

Edward Strimlan, M.D., a forensic science professor at Point Park and former chief forensic investigator for Allegheny County, will lead students in mock investigations using the University’s crime scene house.

“Students will learn about an investigation from start to finish, including impression evidence and finger print analysis and many other topics,” says Strimlan. “The camp is designed to be both fun and informative.”

The same week the University offers a new camp teaching 2-D animation. 

This July 18-22 workshop provides hands-on experience in the art of illustration, animation and creating worlds for characters that students invent themselves. Campers work in Point Park’s state-of-the-art computer labs. Drawing experience is not necessary.

Students entering grades 9 through 12 can also apply for the University’s new screenwriting camp.

Nelson Chipman, feature film screenwriter and head of Point Park’s cinema and digital arts department, and Rick Hawkins, Emmy award-winning television writer and assistant professor, will lead the workshop July 11-16.

At the end of the six-day program, participants will have a completed a short script and exercises to inspire creativity throughout the year. 

This year Point Park also hosts a film camp for young people with autism developmental disabilities, ages 14-25. The Joey Travolta Film Workshop runs July 18-29.

Back by popular demand, Point Park’s summer journalism workshop runs June 19-24. This camp allows high school students to select an interest area— print/digital journalism, photojournalism, or radio and television broadcasting — and leave with a complete magazine and website, multimedia pieces, published photos or a short television or radio program.

Students age 16 and above may choose to live on campus for many of the camps, including International Summer Dance June 20-July 30.

Point Park’s comprehensive program specializes in ballet, jazz and modern dance, with additional classes in pointe and variations, male technique, pas de deux, tap, music for dancers, Pilates and yoga.

Students age 10 through college can apply for six- or three-week programs.

The sport, arts and entertainment management (SAEM) summer workshop for high school students runs from July 18-20, 2011. 

During the SAEM workshop, participants learn from Point Park's SAEM faculty - professionals who currently work in the sport, arts and entertainment fields.  Events management, legal issues, sales development, talent representation, venue design and marketing will be some of the topics discussed at the workshop.

For fee schedules for all camps, consult each program’s website.

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