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Summer Camps and Programs for Students

Modern Storytelling: Introduction to Digital Photography for High School Students

Perfect for high-school students looking to upgrade their photography skills, this 1-week program provides an immersive, hands-on digital photography curriculum focused on both the creative and the technical, as well as post-production editing techniques to make your photos shine. 

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Learn the fundamentals of digital photography and photo editing using your own interchangeable lens camera in this 5-day program. You will gain experience by shooting a variety of photo assignments that will expand both your technical skills and creativity, including portrait, candid, landscape and action photography projects. Photography theory, including principles of exposure and composition, are taught in an engaging way through hands-on experience and group photo reviews. And because no professional photo is complete after pressing the shutter button, you will also learn key techniques to digitally process and edit your photographs to achieve your vision.

Participants will produce a portfolio of professional-quality digital photographs that can be submitted for admission to a photography, photojournalism, communications or fine-art college-level program.

At the end of this program, you’ll walk away with:
  • An organized digital photography portfolio showcasing a variety of different skills and styles

  • Edited photographs demonstrating your ability to compose, edit and process digital photos

  • A certificate of completion, with a personal review and assessment from a Quinnipiac professor

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July 31 - August 4, 2023

Sample Daily Schedule: This is only a sample schedule and is subject to change due to a variety of factors.

Time Activity Detail
9 a.m.  Daily Lesson Introduction to the day’s theme: photography theory, skills, techniques, and professional examples.
11 a.m. Rapid Fire Photo Assignment Practice and apply what you have learned in a 30-minute photo challenge.
11:30 a.m. Photo Review Individual, peer or group review of the results of the morning’s photos.
Noon Lunch Eat and socialize with your classmates.
1 p.m. Photo Shoot 90-minute individual or group photo shoot based on the day’s theme, skills or technique.
2:30 p.m. Photo Review Individual, peer or group review of the results of the morning’s photos.
3 p.m. Process and Edit Your Work Now is your chance to learn how to process and edit your own photos using standard photo editing software with instructor support.
4 p.m. End-of-Day Review and Debrief Meeting A chance to reflect and discuss the day as well as look to the days ahead.
4:30 p.m. Dismissal Dismissal for commuter students.
5 p.m. Dinner Dinner will be provided for those students with full room and board.
6 p.m. Evening Activities (Group Recreation, Games, Guest Speakers, Independent and Group Enrichment Projects) The evening is reserved for students to have fun, experience our on-campus amenities, and bond with each other and staff through organized group enrichment activities.
10 p.m. Quiet Time  

Program Costs

Option 1: 1-week overnight program from Sunday to Saturday. Includes full room and board as well as evening and weekend activities: $1,680
Option 2: 1-week on-campus commuter program from Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Includes lunch daily: $1,200

All options include:

  • One week of faculty-designed and delivered programming, administered online or on campus with educational support staff and program materials

  • Technology and software support

  • A Quinnipiac T-shirt

  • A certificate of completion

  • Access to special Quinnipiac Admissions events

Partial financial support may be available for those who indicate the need for financial assistance in their online application. Financial support awards are based on a combination of financial need and academic merit.

Participation Requirements

Participants must be current high school students. Typically, participants are between the ages of 15 to 18 years of age at the start of the program. Eligibility is based on grade level as of June 2023.

Equipment and Materials

Our program uses DLSR or mirrorless cameras with interchangeable lenses. Students may either bring their own personal camera or request to borrow a camera for the program by emailing summerprograms@qu.edu.

Quinnipiac University will provide laptops for students to use during program instruction times as well. Students may bring and use their own laptops or other devices outside of program instruction periods or at the instructor's approval.

Application and Payment Deadlines

Deadline to apply: Monday, May 1, 2023
Space is limited per session and enrollment is based on when a deposit payment is received.

Deadline to submit payment: Payment is due within 30 days of applying to fully register for a program.

Payment Methods and Refund/Cancellation Policy

Applications are reviewed when they are received and students are accepted on a rolling basis.

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Quinnipiac University complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act as an institution of higher education. Students who have a current IEP or 504 plan are encouraged to share any accommodations or modifications they may require in order to access the fundamentals of a QU summer program or camp they plan to attend.

Students requesting disability-based accommodations should indicate this within the application as well as email summerprograms@qu.edu about any and all specific accommodation needs.

Rules & Regulations

Read Quinnipiac University’s Summer Camp and Pre-College Program Policies