This summer program is open to high school students of varying abilities who dream of telling important stories across multiple platforms. Participants will spend 2 weeks immersed in our own on-campus production studio creating content, using our field camera equipment and editing labs to shoot and edit their own video content.
The School of Communications at Quinnipiac University created Ability Media to address the lack of representation of people with different abilities in media content creation. For that reason, we welcome everyone who dreams of YouTube stardom, becoming a social media influencer or telling important stories — your stories — to the world.
Participants will spend 2 weeks immersed in our own on-campus production studio creating content, using our field camera equipment and editing labs to shoot and edit their own video content. Present live from our studios and our control room in the Ed McMahon Communications Center. Content created during the camp may be used on our various Quinnipiac media channels, as well as for your own channels and personal portfolios.
Every day we present the skill or concept focus of the day such as: storytelling, shot composition, editing, presentation, etc.
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.”
Participants may bring their own lunch or choose from our daily dining meal plan for an additional fee.
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.
End-of-day review and debrief meeting
A chance to reflect, improve and discuss the day as well as look to the days ahead.
Independent learning or possible group work
On certain days, there may be important elements or concepts that require some additional time outside the program to read, watch and learn before the next day.
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
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!
Tour our facilities
The Ed McMahon Communications Center
Our Ed McMahon Communications Center has the tools ready to help you realize your creative vision. Our collection of professional equipment and software includes:
Jimmy Jib Triangle Pro Crane
Creates unique movements popular on sitcoms and dramas
Used by networks on many live news and sporting events
HTC Vive virtual reality environment
Six 360 capable cameras for live and recorded 360 acquisition
DJI Mavic and spark drones for aerial and interior perspective shots
Sony 4K/IP video production switcher in our control room
Same switcher series as used in many network studios
The 2021 program tuition fee of $2,400 covers:
2 weeks of a faculty-designed and delivered on-campus weekday program with educational support staff, program materials and organized project work
All media production equipment, supplies and materials
Certificate of completion
Participants must be:
A current high school student, including those enrolled in IEPs and 504 plans
Registrants with disabilities who wish to request reasonable accommodations should contact:
Office of Student Accessibility Arnold Bernhard Library - North Wing (203) 582-7600 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 the Ability Media Production Program.
If you have any questions about any of the above, contact our Office of Student Accessibility at email@example.com.
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.
On-campus safety requirements
The health and safety of our summer participants and staff is of paramount importance. On-campus programs and camps at Quinnipiac will practice social distancing, and all campers must wear masks when indoors. Campers may remove masks when outdoors and appropriately socially distanced, and when eating or drinking. Of course, if a participant wishes to always keep their mask on, they are welcome to do so. We will encourage participants and staff to wash their hands as much as possible or use hand sanitizer. If situations change and we are not able to hold camps or programs on-campus, all fees paid will be fully refunded. These regulations may change between now and this summer, so we will do our best to communicate any changes in policy with participants and their legal parent or guardian.
Due dates to apply and pay:
Deadline to apply: Monday, May 31, 2021 at 5 p.m. ET