Write and create a short film at the NSLC on Film & Animation.

Students will explore film making, animation and storytelling by creating their own short
film or commercial. Hands on activities are designed to help students explore ways in
which artists are using technology to create immersive and interactive experiences. Trips
may include: the Smithsonian Institution, ARTECHOUSE, and a film studio visit.

Program Highlights

Leadership Development
Challenge yourself to move beyond your comfort zone and develop your leadership potential

Interactive workshops
Learn the latest techniques as you work with professional equipment during classes taught by American University School of Communication faculty

Fun & Engaging Trips & Tours
Visit the monuments, museums and institutions that make Washington, D.C. an amazing city

Hands-On Simulations

Our Film & Animation program for middle school students uses an interactive approach to learning that gives you an opportunity to explore the world of film and animation.

NSLC students in our Film & Animation program participate in the following hands-on simulations:

  • Scriptwriting Workshop
  • Directing & Acting for the Camera Workshop
  • Animation Lab
  • Editing Film Lab
  • 30-Second Film Festival

Fun & Engaging Trips & Tours

An important part of the NSLC middle school programs is seeing the sites around our nation’s capital. These trips are designed as both sightseeing tours and educational trips specifically tailored to the area of film and animation.

Students are escorted on all field trips and stay within their TA Group or other supervised groups.

  • Animation Studio
  • The Smithsonian Institute
  • Lincoln, Jefferson, FDR and MLK Monuments

Leadership Development

At the heart of the NSLC is a leadership curriculum designed to build concrete leadership skills that will help you succeed. Interactive lectures and small-group workshops will give you an opportunity to build upon your strengths and minimize your weaknesses.

Leadership topics tailored to the Digital Arts program include:

  • Personality Styles and Group Dynamics
  • Public Speaking
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Stress and Time Management

Your NSLC tuition is all-inclusive. Your tuition covers course materials, housing, on-campus meals, social events and transportation throughout your program.

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