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Join us! We’d love to see you this summer - Registration is now open! For up-to-date information on COVID-19 and summer safety measures, please visit HERE.  Looking for further details? Check out our FAQs page. 

Sunday, July 25 – Friday, July 30, 2021 | On-Ground, Residential

Students will explore how to design a compelling audio production, make clean recordings, and shape their creations in the editing stage using  Adobe Audition . Student projects will range from interviews and conversations to audio fictions, essays and “soundscapes”—rich, multi-layered audio experiences. Students will leave with a polished sound production published to hosting site, Podbean

This program is only open to on-ground, residential students. No commuter options are available due to COVID-19.

To participate in this exciting program, students must be entering grades 9-12 as of Fall. No prior experience is necessary in order to participate.

This program is open to the first 8 students who complete the registration and pay their deposit. 

Please note: Class content may contain R-Rated content. 

Important Dates:

Residential Move-In: Sunday, July 25 from 1pm - 4pm

Program Start Date: Monday, July 26 

Program End Date: Friday, July 30

Residential Move-Out: Friday, July 30 (evening) or Saturday, July 31 (morning)


Class Outlook:

Classes will be held Monday - Friday from 9:00am - 4:00pm, with a 1-hour lunch break on campus at 12:15pm.
Each day will consist of lectures and hands-on lab time. 

Monday, 7/26 Activity
9:00am - 12:15pm Welcome / Introduction
What is sound? 
Recording at The Point / Sound Test
12:15pm - 1:15pm LUNCH
1:15pm - 4:00pm Playback AM recordings
Basics of Sound Recording
Tascam recorder / The Victoria

Tuesday, 7/27 Activity
9:00am - 12:15pm Play Favorites
Podcasts / Samples
Planning your Sound Segment
12:15pm - 1:15pm LUNCH
1:15pm - 4:00pm Acoustics
The Radio Studio
Practice Interviews / File Management

Wednesday, 7/28 Activity
9:00am - 12:15pm Play Favorites
Pitch Sound Segment Ideas
Adobe Audition, Lesson 1
12:15pm - 1:15pm LUNCH
1:15pm - 4:00pm Consultation about Sound Segment
Guest: Katie Blackley, WESA
Segment Production Time

Thursday, 7/29 Activity
9:00am - 12:15pm Play Favorites
Adobe Audition, Lesson 2
Segment Production Time
12:15pm - 1:15pm LUNCH
1:15pm - 4:00pm Guest: Brian Cottington, Cinema Psychos
Segment Production Time

Friday, 7/30 Activity
9:00am - 12:15pm Adobe Audition, Lesson 3
Segment Editing Time
12:15pm - 1:15pm LUNCH
1:15pm - 4:00pm Segment Editing Time
Assemble Friday Show
Presentation of Interviews and Show



Will Zavala

Documentary Filmmaker, Sound Recordist, Educator

Will's work has screened nationally and internationally, and won numerous awards.  He founded and has conducted the Documentary Salon, a monthly film society, since 2006.  A native of California, Will received an MA in Communication from Stanford University. Learn more.

Guest Speakers

Katie Blackley from WESA and Brian Cottington, author of Cinema Psychos Show


Payment Information:

All payments are due Friday, June 18, 2021. 

Registration and payments will be handled through our easy, user-friendly online registration platform, CampDoc. 
Visa, Mastercard, Discover and Electronic Checks are accepted. Payment plans are available.

Students receive a t-shirt with seasonal swag and an ID holder with their registration. 

A deposit of $200.00 is required to reserve your space in the program. This amount will be applied to your total balance.  Please review our FAQs for the most up-to-date information on cancellations and refunds

Room/Board Information:
Residential students receive 3 meals on weekdays and 2 meals on weekends (19 meals total per week). All meals take place in the Lawrence Hall Dining Room.


Tuition $645.00
Room/Board $550.00
Total Cost:  $1,195.00

Welcome to our campus!

All classes will be held on campus at Point Park University in the Center for Media Innovation.

Point Park University
201 Wood Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

This course provides the use of portable recorders, laptops, and a 
Radio Studio for recording sessions. Students are welcome to bring their own laptops and must bring their own WIRED, over-ear headphones. If you do not have a laptop or the correct headphones, we are happy to supply lenders. 

Students will utilize features including our:

  • Radio Studio
  • Multimedia Newsroom
  • Presentation and Gallery Space

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The option to live on campus during this program is available to students at least 14 years old.

We will do our best to fulfill roommate requests, but requests are NOT guaranteed. Students will have the opportunity to enter requests during the registration process. 

Each residence hall has multiple points of secure access to student living areas, such as keycards, access codes, and lock and key. 

Adult resident advisers live on campus to supervise students who are minors. Each adviser is responsible for eight to ten minors. Parents of participating students may apply to serve as a resident advisor. A limited number of positions are available. Interested parties should reach out to our department for more information. 

As an undergraduate student at Point Park, you’ll have access to opportunities only a world-class city can offer — and few universities can match — for a real-world, career-oriented education.

Consider a B.F.A. or B.A. through our School of Communication.

Community and Summer Education Contact Information
Email SummerCamps@PointPark.Edu
Call 412-392-3457
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