Learn the art and science of filmmaking at the NSLC Film Intensive.

This 18 day film intensive is designed to take students from script to screen and everything in-between. Using the standard three-act Hollywood movie structure, students learn how to transform their ideas and stories into short-form fiction screenplays and then professionally produce, shoot and edit their films with state-of-the-art film and digital production equipment. In addition to creating their own film, students will screen multiple new releases and learn to be a discerning critic.

Earn College Credit Hours

Program Highlights

Interactive Classes and Workshops
Learn the latest techniques as you create your own short film. Classes are taught by American University, School of Communication faculty.

Guest speakers
Meet with professional film makers and others from the world of film.

Visit media institutions
Go behind the scenes during exclusive trips and tours.

Hands-On Simulations

Experience filmmaking firsthand through interactive workshops.

Exclusive Guest Speakers

While at the NSLC Film Intensive, you will meet with and learn from leaders in the filmmaking community.

In past years, guest speakers at the NSLC have included:

Behind-the-Scenes Tours

These trips are designed as both sightseeing tours and exclusive educational trips specifically tailored to the area of filmmaking.

These trips may include:

  • American Film Institute
  • Motion Picture Association
  • ColorLabs
  • Interface Media Group
  • Frontline Production
  • Avalon Theater
  • Capitol Hill
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • D.C. Monuments
  • July 4th: Six Flags of America inc. fireworks


At the heart of each of our youth leadership programs is a 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 International Business program include:

  • Personality Styles and Group Dynamics
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Public Speaking
  • Ethical Decision-Making

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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