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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: One Week Commuter Camps

June 10-14, 2019

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*Five 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. ​

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.

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.

City Murals – NEW!! Students will team up for the exciting creation of a ‘City Mural’ to be painted near the Auraria Campus! Students will experience the strategic components of drawing, painting, and collaborating on the project’s development, from it’s design to the on-site completion. Painting students, you don’t want to miss this opportunity!

Comic Book Character Design – NEW!! Students will explore the dynamics of comic book/manga character development through a study of the imagery of leading cartoonists who have been at the forefront of depicting some of the most memorable characters in comic books and manga. An exploration into how comic book characters are drawn, inked and colored will be the main focus of this fun and creative workshop.

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. ​

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. Our program offers students a range of contemporary music classes ranging from mobile devices to singer/songwriter. The final electives and ensembles offered at the camp will depend on student interest. To see a complete list of the electives and ensembles that are likely to be offered at camp this year, see: MUSIC INDUSTRY ELECTIVES and ENSEMBLES.pdfMUSIC INDUSTRY ELECTIVES and ENSEMBLES.pdf

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!

Students who attend the camp during the summer prior to their senior year of high school will have the opportunity to audition for our college program at the camp. This will save time and money when applying to CU Denver's MEIS college programs during their senior year. 

Make sure to view our Music Industry Program video​ for a glimpse of the exciting experience that students have 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. Past guest artists have included Jeff Gibson who worked on Moana and Zootopia at Disney and Richard Marrujo who worked on Finding Dory at Pixar! Check out the animation reels from the 2016 camp2017 camp, & 2018 camp! ​

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