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Frequently Asked Questions

LYNX National Arts & Media Camp

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LYNX Camp Frequently Asked Questions

 How many students attended the 2018 LYNX Camps?

  • In total, 230 high school students attended the LYNX Camps in 2018. 

  • Session One (Photography, 2D Animation/Illustration, Ableton Live/ Audio Production & Design|Make) was attended by 75 students. Session Two (Music Industry) was attended by 77 students. Session Three (Digital Animation/Motion Graphics and Filmmaking) was attended by 78 students.

  • We had students at the camp from 20 different states and Brazil & Ecuador! ​​



 How many students will attend the 2019 LYNX Camp?

  • We plan to limit most Session One programs (2D Animation/Illustration; Ableton Live/Audio Production; City Murals; Comic Book Character Design; & Photography) to 25 students per program (125 total). We plan to limit Session Two (Music Industry) to 75 students. We plan to limit Session Three (Filmaking and 3D Digital Animation/Motion Graphics) to 50 students per program (100 total). 

  • We anticipate that many of our programs will fill to capacity. ​


 I will finish 8th grade this May/June. Can I attend the LYNX Camp?

  • Yes, all high school students are eligible to attend, including students who have completed 8th grade by the start of the camp. ​


 I will graduate from high school in May/June. Can I attend the LYNX Camp?

  • Yes, students who have just graduated from high school are eligible to attend.​


 My family can't afford the camp, should I still apply?

  • Yes, we encourage students to apply even if they can't afford the listed camp cost. Students must apply by our March 15th Priority Deadline in order to receive need-based scholarships. Many students receive scholarships that allow them to attend.  ​


 What is the deadline to submit my application?

  • The priority deadline is March 15thStudents who apply by the March 15th priority deadline receive priority for admission and scholarships. 

  • Our final application deadline is May 15th. It is likely that some of our programs will fill up before this date. Students are encouraged to apply by the priority deadline. ​​


 What happens after I submit my application?

  • Once you submit your application, a confirmation email will be sent to the emails on the application, including the teacher listed for a recommendation. After reviewing the application and any teacher feedback, the student should receive an acceptance or waitlist email from camp administration within two weeks.


 What happens after I've received my admission decision and have been admitted?

  • In April or soon after being admitted, students will receive a registration packet. Please fill out the online form. You cannot attend the camp without submitting this form. 

  • If you applied for a scholarship, you will be notified if you received a scholarship by April 1st.

  • You'll receive payment instructions. A deposit payment in the amount of half the camp cost is required by May 1st or what is listed on your acceptance email. The deposit is required to reserve your spot at the camp. All camp payments must be made by the start of the session of the camp that you're attending. ​​


 What does my schedule look like?

  • You will receive a personalized schedule at camp. Generally, during the weekdays students are in specialized classes and guest lectures with breaks for all-camp activities and meals. For our residential programs (during Sessions Two and Three), the evenings are spent at various arts and cultural events both on and off of campus. On the middle weekend, students will take exciting off-campus field trips and get to produce a student talent show. The last day of camp will feature a student showcase where students exhibit what they've done at the camp for parents, guests, peers, and instructors! ​


 Can I leave camp for ________?

  • We ask that you attend all classes during the camp. The arts are collaborative and your absence affects your colleagues. We of course make exceptions for illness, emergencies, and religious holidays. If you have an arts event (exhibit, concert, screening, etc.) that you feel is important to your artistic growth, please talk to the Camp Director or Coordinator and we will work it out. We want to encourage artistic growth in our students! Commuter students are only required to attend the academic events at the camp from 9:00-4:30 (4:50 during Session Two). Commuter students are not allowed at the residence facilities but may attend some evening activities including guest artist workshops and performances. The LYNX Camp staff will not be responsible for supervising the commuter students at the evening activities. Per Auraria Campus policy, commuter students who are minors (under the age of 18), must be accompanied by an adult when attending evening and weekend activities on-campus. Students who register for the Commuter Plus option can attend all of the evening and weekend activities without the need for a parent/guardian to accompany them. 

  • If you leave camp without notifying us, it is in our safety policy to call your parents. If they do not know your whereabouts or do not answer, we then call the Auraria Campus Police. ​​


 What should I bring to camp?

  • You will receive an welcome packet in May or early June with a detailed packing list. Residential students should plan on bringing items such as sunscreen, snacks, note-taking materials, etc. The only money that you will need at the camp will be for lunches (plan on about $8/day). Everything else will be provided as part of your camp payment.​


 What is the “Auraria Campus"?

  • Auraria Campus is a tri-institutional campus in downtown Denver that hosts three universities: The University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver), Community College of Denver, and Metropolitan State University of Denver. Our camp will take place at CU Denver on the Auraria Campus. 


 Can friends and family attend LYNX Camp events?

  • We will note in the orientation packet what events are open to the families and the public. Parents are welcome at guest artist presentations and families are encouraged to attend the Student Showcase on the last day of camp. ​


 Do you have any hotel recommendations for parents looking to spend the night in Denver on the first or last day of the camp?

  • Yes, the CU Denver College of Arts & Media has a partnership with the Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Denver. This hotel provides a discounted rate for guests to our college. You can find out more information and locate the link to receive the discounted rate on our website here 


 Can I explore Auraria Campus and Downtown Denver on my own?

  • No, it is campus policy that minors participating in university programs are not to walk around campus on their own. We have plenty of planned events and outings that will allow you to see the campus and all that Denver has to offer. 


 What safety procedures are in place at LYNX?

  • The Camp Director, Camp Coordinator, and Graduate Student Coordinator are all first-aid and CPR certified. All staff will be trained on how to handle emergencies.

  • During the day, students will be with instructors, coordinators, and/or teaching assistants at all times. During afternoons and evenings, residential students will be supervised by the LYNX Leaders (residential counselors), the Graduate Student Coordinator, the Camp Coordinator, and/or the Camp Director. The LYNX Leaders and the Graduate Student Coordinator stay in the residnece facility with the students and are available if anything is needed overnight. The Camp Coordinator and Director are also on call overnight. The Auraria Campus Police Department is available on-campus at all times. The health form in your acceptance packet will detail our procedures for medical emergencies. ​​


 How do I arrange transportation to the LYNX Camp?

  • While we aren't able to offer funding to help out-of-state students with travel expenses, we can help you to plan the logistics of your travel. For Sessions Two and Three check-in will begin at 1:00 pm on the first Sunday of the camps. We recommend that students arrive by 3:00 pm at the latest to ensure enough time for check-in before the Opening Meeting and pre-sessions. The Opening Meeting of the camp will take place at the King Center from 5:00-6:00 pm. The two-week camp programs end on the Friday of the second week around 5:00 pm. Flights for students hoping to fly out that evening should be schedule for after 7:30 pm. Out of state students have the option of staying overnight on the last Friday and departing on Saturday morning. 

  • We will help arrange transportation to and from the Denver airport. The Denver lightrail is a great option for getting to campus from the airport. The A-Line runs from DIA to downtown Denver  near the Auraria Campus. Lightrail tickets can be purchased in advance or at the airport. We will have LYNX Camp staff members at the airport (DIA) on the first day of the camp to greet students and take the Denver lightrail to campus with the students. Other options to get to campus are SuperShuttle, ride sharing services (Lyft and Uber), and cabs.​


 Where do I go on the first day of the camp?

  • Residential students will get updated information on hotel check-in time with their Orientation Packet. Our LYNX Camp residential staff will greet students and families at the housing facility and help students get moved into their rooms. All students (and parents if accompanying students) will go to the King Center  (855 Lawrence Way, Denver, CO 80204) to check in for the camp. ​


 If I live in Denver, can I commute to campus each day instead of staying in the residential facilities on campus?

  • Yes, local students do have the option of commuting to campus each day. The cost of the camp is cheaper for students who commute. Please see the cost information on the Pricing page. Commuter students must arrive at campus by 8:50 each morning and stay until classes end at 4:30 (4:50 for Session Two). Commuter students are not allowed in our housing facilities where the residential students stay unless the student registers as a commuter-plus student. ​


 What happens during the middle weekend of the camp during Session Two and Three?

  • On the middle weekend of the Session Two and Three camps, LYNX Camp residential and commuter plus students will participate in field trips, workshops, and other co-curricular activities to supplement what they are learning in their program classes. Some of our possible field trips and events this year include: visiting the Denver Art Museum, a "behind the scenes" tour of the Pepsi Center, visiting recording studios (music industry program students only), visiting 16th Street Mall  in downtown Denver, visiting Red Rocks Amphitheatre, and taking a hike at Chautauqua Park near Boulder. ​Details about this summers weekend activites will be listed in the Orientation Packet that families will receive in May.



 If I have a special diet and/or food allergies, will your camp be able to accommodate me?

  • Yes, we most likely will be able to accommodate students with special diets and/or food allergies. If you are a commuter student, you will get to choose what you eat for lunch at the Tivoli Food Court and there are many options (Subway, Asian food, salad/wraps, pizza, McDonald's, and Taco Bell). Our residential students will eat breakfast and dinner at our housing facilities. We have made arrangements to have plenty of food options for vegetarians, vegans, and gluten-free students. Please contact us if you have special dietary issues that you would like us to be aware of for the camp. ​


 What LYNX Camp items will students receive when they check in at the camp?

  • All students will receive a LYNX Camp t-shirt, water bottle, nametag and lanyard on the first day of the camp. ​


  ​Do parents have to attend the closing concert or student showcase on the last day of the camp?

  • No, while it's great when family members are able to attend the closing day events, we understand that this may be difficult for our out-of-state families. We will live stream the closing events so that family and friends who aren't able to attend can view the event. The videos from the events will also be posted on our Facebook page.