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Summer Camps and Programs for Students

Media Production Summer Program for High School Students

This 2-week program is open to all high school students, especially those living with a disability, to bring them together as passionate young people who dream of telling important stories across media platforms. Participants will be learning and using our own on-campus production studio to develop, shoot and edit content using our field camera equipment and editing labs.

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The School of Communications at Quinnipiac created Ability Media and this program to address the lack of representation among people with different abilities working in media. For this reason, we welcome everyone who dreams of becoming the next big content creator to join us in telling important stories — your stories — to the world.

Based out of our own Ed McMahon Communications Center, participants will learn practical media production skills and techniques. You will be working alongside experienced QU faculty members such as Dave Stevens, a 7-time Emmy winning sports journalist with limb differences, who will share his expertise in media production and his desire to inspire and teach youth.

Content created during the camp may be used on our various Quinnipiac media channels, as well as for your own channels and personal portfolios.

Learn more about Ability Media

At the end of this program, you will walk away with:
  • The ability to create dynamic and diverse media content for all types of audiences

  • A comprehensive experience working in a team environment with others who share your passions

  • Skills in scripting, editing, reporting and producing professional-caliber content

  • Professional content you can use on your own social media channels, or in portfolios for applications to college-level programs including media production, communications, broadcasting and more

Program Costs

Two-week program includes these two options which are:

  • Option 1. Residential overnight option, includes full room & board, as well as evening and weekend activities: $3,360
  • Option 2. Weekday commuter student (Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) lunch included: $2,400

Both options include:

  • Two weeks of programming that are faculty-designed and delivered

  • All program materials

  • All QU technology and software support

  • Quinnipiac T-shirt

  • Certificate of completion

  • Special QU 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.


July 11-22, 2022

  • Sunday, July 10: Residence check-in for participants with full room & board

  • Saturday, July 23: Residence check-out for participants with full room & board

Sample Daily Schedule:

Time Activity Detail
9 a.m.  Morning Meetings and Skill Concept Introduction Introduction of the skill or concept focus of the day such as: storytelling, shot composition, editing, presentation, etc.
10 a.m. Hands-On Workshops Participants have a chance to learn by doing, whether working in teams to brainstorm & storyboard, operate professional cameras, edit, and produce high-quality content and more. Emmy-award-winning experts present their “tricks of the trade.”
Noon Lunch Break All meals are included for students staying on campus.
1 p.m. Content Creation We take the concepts and skills learned in the morning and apply them to the ongoing project and goal of delivering high-quality participant-driven content to record and eventually broadcast.
3:30 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 p.m. Break Open activities and a break for participants.
5 p.m. Dinner Dinner will be provided for those students with full room and board.
6 p.m. Organized Activities (Group Recreation, Games, Guest Speakers, Independent and Group Enrichment Projects) Evening is reserved for overnight 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 Themes and Activities

Sunday prior to program start: Residence check-in for participants with full room & board.

Week 1

  • Day 1: What makes effective content creation
  • Day 2: Show the audience what they want to see
  • Day 3: How to gather media assets in the field
  • Day 4: Creating an exciting show
  • Day 5: The art of interviewing

Weekend: Organized group activities on-campus and off-campus for participants with full room & board

Week 2

  • Day 6: Understanding how to use different studios
  • Day 7: On-camera/mic performance
  • Day 8: Finish the segments
  • Day 9: Get through a full rehearsal
  • Day 10: Produce the show!

Saturday after program end: Residence check-out for participants with full room & board

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Participation Requirements

Participants must be:

  • Must be a current high school student, including those enrolled in IEPs and 504 plans
    • Typically, participants are 15 to 20 years of age at the start of the program

A list of equipment or materials they will need to participate:

  • All necessary equipment will be provided

This program is open to all future college students including those with cognitive learning, motor, hearing, visual impairments, genetic disorders and neurological disorders. There are no restrictions based on the level of cognitive ability, restrictions of mobility or lack of communication skills. Because of concerns for safety, however, we are unable to accept anyone whose behavior might endanger himself/herself or others.

We utilize a peer mentor system, linking participants with age-level peers. Mentors are at least 16 years old and up to the age of 21. The peer mentors are well-versed in the equipment in the McMahon Center and will partner to assist program participants throughout the entire 2-week program. The mentors are responsible for knowing all of the information, technology, and equipment that their partners will be using. They will be primarily in the background and will support participants but will not act as a personal care attendant.

Due dates to apply and pay

Deadline to apply: Monday, May 30, 2022
Space is limited per session and enrollment is based on when a deposit payment is received.

Payment deadline: Payment is due within 21 days of applying to fully register for a program.
Payment Methods and Refund/Cancellation Policy

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Summer experiences

For more general information about summer experiences, please contact:

David Charron, MBA
Director of Summer Programs & Planning

Courses for college credit

For questions about for-credit summer courses, please contact:

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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 for 2022