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College of Arts & Media


LYNX National Arts & Media Camp


We are excited to offer three sessions of LYNX Camp programs again for 2019! Session One will feature one-week programs and will only be open to commuter students. Students who live outside of the Denver area will need to make arrangements to stay with a family or friend in the area or have the family visit Denver and stay in hotel during the camp. 

Sessions Two and Three will feature two-week immersion programs featuring hands-on learning from recognized CU Denver faculty members and renowned guest artists. Students attending one of these programs have the option to be residential students who live on campus, commuter plus students who are with the program from 9am-9pm, or commuter students who stay for only the academic portion of the day from 9am-4:30pm M-F. 

In all sessions, the LYNX Camp class size is small to ensure individualized instruction.

​Session One: Photography,  Audio Production/Ableton Live, 2D Animation/Illustration & ONE MORE TO COME!

June 10-14, 2019

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*Four separate programs (listed below) are offered during Session One. These programs are one-week long and don't have a residential component. All students must commute to the camp.​ Students from outside of Denver who want to attend a Session One program are encouraged to stay with a relative or friend in the Denver area. ​

Photography Program – Students will learn the fundamentals of photography in a fun interactive class. From the darkroom to the digital lab, students learn the technical and conceptual skills that are necessary to produce meaningful and provocative photographs. Downtown Denver and the beautiful Auraria Campus will serve as inspiration as students utilize CU Denver's exceptional photography facilities and learn from talented photography professors. ​This program will be taught by a CU Denver Photography Program faculty and current CU Denver Students.​​

Audio Production/ Ableton Live Program
 - Explore the world of mixing, mastering, and recording sound in our industry standard recording studios. Students will also learn to produce music using Ableton Live from CU Denver faculty member Lorne Bregitzer, one of the only certified Ableton Live trainers in Colorado.

2D Animation/ Illustration Program
 - Students learn methods to mix traditional media and use a variety of digital tools. Traditional tools encourage students to be inventive and to make original imaginative character illustrations in a setting. The class moves between traditional media approaches to realize the movement created using computers and software programs, such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and After Effects.

ONE MORE (NEW!)- Check  soon for a new program to be added soon!

Session Two: Music Industry

June 16-28, 2019    
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*This program is two weeks long and does have an optional residential component.
Music Industry Program - This program provides high school students a window into into the current state of the music industry. Students will explore many aspects of the industry including performance, singer/songwriter, music business, and recording arts. The program is designed to preview the CU Denver Music & Entertainment Industry Studies (MEIS) Department college programs. Check out this article​ about our camp's Music Industry Program in DownBeat Magazine. The songs recorded by past Music Industry Program students are available on SoundCloud here​: 2016 songs, 2017 songs​, & 2018 songs.

Students will have the opportunity to take two elective courses and participate in two ensembles. This summer we will offer electives in the following areas: Performance, Singer/Songwriter, Music Business and Recording Arts (audio production). The Music Industry Program is led by Academic Directors Peter Stoltzman (Facutly Area Head of Piano Performance) and Owen Kortz (faculty Area Head of the Singer/Songwriter Program). There are about 20 total music faculty members and professional musicians who teach at the camp!

We also offer many exciting ensemble options. This summer students can choose from Pop/Rock, Singer/Songwriter, Hip-Hop, Latin/Jazz, A Cappella, Mobile Device, Studio Chamber, and R&B. There will also be options for students who prefer to focus on Recording Arts or Music Business instead of being in an ensemble. The final ensembles offered at the camp will depend on student interest. Students also learn from guest artists and get to go on education field trips such as our annual visit to Red Rocks Amphitheater (the students at the 2017 camp got to attend the Lady Antebellum concert!). All students will get a chance to record a song with one of their ensembles and perform at the student showcase at the conclusion of the camp. Make sure to view our Music Industry Program video​ to get a feel for what students experience at the camp. 


Session Three: Filmmaking and 3D Animation/Motion Graphics

July 14-26, 2019

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*Two separate programs (listed below) are offered during Session Three. These programs are two-week long and do have an optional residential component.​

Filmmaking Program– Students will create their own films and experience every step of film production from brainstorming and scriptwriting all the way through filming and screening. Along the way they will learn about lighting, sound, location scouting, editing, graphics, and color correction. Students will work in teams and learn from experienced faculty and filmmakers. All filmmaking equipment is provided for the students. Check out the student films from the 2016 camp2017 camp, & 2018 camp!

This program is led by CU Denver Film & Television Program faculty member Jess McGaugh! We hire 3 current college students in our Film & TV Program to assist the faculty as Teaching Assistants. You can view a sample curriculum of the course here​. The curriculum will be very similar this summer. 

Digital Animation/Motion Graphics​ Program – Bring artwork to life using traditional and digital media to create one-of-a-kind animations and motion graphics. Students will learn animation principles while exploring different techniques, including stop-motion animation, frame-by-frame animation, digitally modified video, and computer-aided animation. Digital tools including workstations, still cameras, video cameras, sound recorders, and drawing tablets may be used in conjunction with sketchbook work and traditional processes to reflect contemporary artistic hybrid methods. Guided by faculty and recent Digital Animation college graduates, students receive daily instruction and time to practice new skills. At the 2016 camp students got to learn from guest artists who worked on Moana and Zootopia at Disney (Jeff Gipson) and Finding Dory at Pixar (Richard Marrujo). Check out the animation reels from the 2016 camp2017 camp, & 2018 camp! ​

This program is led by Michelle Carpenter (faculty member in Digital Design) and Chris Lemon (Facilities Manager of the Digital Animation Center)! They are assisted by current 3D Digital Animation Program and Digital Design Program college students who work as teaching assistants.​​

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