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LYNX National Arts & Media Camp

We are excited to offer three sessions of LYNX Camp programs! Sessions One and Two will feature two-week immersion programs featuring hands-on learning from recognized CU Denver faculty members and renowned guest artists. These sessions will be open to residential and commuter students.

Session Three is a new LYNX Camp format for 2017. This session will feature one-week programs that are five days long. This session won't offer a residential component 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. 

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


The LYNX Camps are for high school students (ages 14-18) who are interested in the arts. Any student who has finished 8th grade by the start of the camp and has not yet started college is eligible to attend (we do admit students who have just completed 12th grade). Please contact us if you have any questions about eligibility.​​

Session One: Music Industry Camp

June 18-30     
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The Music Industry program is designed to offer 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​: 2015 songs and 2016 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 2016 camp got to attend the soundcheck for the Big Head Todd & The Monsters 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!

2017 Guest Artist and Field Trip Announcement!
 The 2017 Music Industry Program will feature guest artists Ben Wysocki (The Fray), singer/songwriter Jill Sobule, Kim Dawson (Pimps of Joytime, Sisters of Soul), Tom Hagerman (DeVotchKa), the the band One Flew West​. The program will also feature field trips to Red Rocks Amphitheater for a concert featuring Lauren Hill, En Vogue, and Common, Chautauqua Park near Boulder for hiking/relaxing, and downtown Denver for a fun day in the city!

Make sure to check out the video from the 2016 Music Industry Program​                    

All students will be able to choose where to eat and buy their own lunches at the Tivoli Union Food Court. Commuter and Commuter Plus students should eat breakfast at home since this meal will not be provided. 

Session Two: Filmmaking and Digital Animation/Motion Graphics Camps

July 9-21 

Filmmaking – 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. The short films created by the 2016 filmmaking students can be viewed here.   

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

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Digital Animation/Motion Graphics​ – 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). The animation reels from the 2016 camp students can be viewed here. ​

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.​​

2017 Session Two Guest Artist and Field Trip Announcement! Session Two will feature guest artists Jeff Gibson (Disney - Moana, Zootopia, Frozen), Rebecca Forth (Industrial Light & Magic - Star Wars Rogue One, Jurassic World, Transformers), filmmaker Aldo Velasco (Chittagong, Hinge, Mosshunter), Norm Shearer (Chief Creative Officer of Cactus Denver, a branding, design, website company), Greg Guler (Disney - See credits here), Chris Schultz (Senior Editor - High Noon Entertainment). Session Two will also feature an acting workshop and field trips to the Denver Art Museum, Chautauqua Park, and downtown Denver!​

All students will be able to choose where to eat and buy their own lunches at the Tivoli Union Food Court. Commuter and Commuter Plus students should eat breakfast at home since this meal will not be provided. 

Session Three- One Week Camps

July 31- August 4 
      Photography Program 
      Scultpure Program 
      Advanced Singer/Songwriter Program  
      College of Arts & Media Preview Week Program 
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Photography – 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 CU Denver Photography Program faculty member Joann Brennan.​​

Advanced Singer/Songwriter (New!) - This program is reserved for students who have previosly attended the LYNX Camp Music Industry Program or who demonstrate their ability through an audition video. It will be taught by professional singer/songwriter Megan Burtt with assistance from the faculty Area Head of CU Denver's Singer/Songwriter Program, Owen Kortz. There will be workshops, guest artists, and performance practice. All students will get a professional recording of one of their songs during the camp. 

College of Arts & Media Preview Week (New!) - This camp is designed for high school students who love the arts and are still trying to decide which arts program to pursue for college and a career. Each day of the camp students will be exposed to a new College of Arts and Media Program and get hands-on learning from one of our faculty. Programs from all three of our departments (Music & Entertainment Industry Studies, Film & TV, and Visual Arts) will be previewed at the camp. Currenlty we're planning to feature Illustration, Photogrpahy, Digital Animation, Sculpture, and Recording Arts during this camp program. Our hope is that students will be inspired and have more direction by the end of the program!

Session Three 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 Three program are encouraged to stay with a relative or friend in the Denver area. 

All students will be able to choose where to eat and buy their own lunches at the Tivoli Union Food Court. Session Three students should eat breakfast at home since this meal will not be provided. 

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