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LYNX National Arts & Media Camp

We are excited to offer three sessions of LYNX Camp programs! Session One 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. Sessions Two and Three will feature two-week immersion programs featuring hands-on learning from recognized CU Denver faculty members and renowned guest artists. These student have the option to be a residental student, where they can live on campus in our Campus Village Apartments, commuter plus student, where they are with the program from 9am-9pm or commuter student, where they stay for only the academic portion of the day from 9am-4:30pm M-F. For more info on program options click HERE.

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: Photography,  Audio Production or  2D Animation

June 11-15, 2018
      Photography Program  
      Audio Production/ Ableton Live Program  
      2D Animation/ Illustration 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. ​

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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 a CU Denver Photography Program faculty and current CU Denver Students.​​

Audio Production/ Ableton Live (New!) 

2D Animation/ Illustration (New!) 

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. 

Session Two: Music Industry

June 17-29, 2018    
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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​: 2016 songs and 2017 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 Trips-
 The 2017 Music Industry Program featured 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 also featured 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 Three: Filmmaking or 3D Animation/Motion Graphics

July 8-20, 2018

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). Check out the animation reels from the 2016 camp students here and from the 2017 camp students 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 Guest Artists and Field Trips-  In 2017 this session featured 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). This session also featured 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. 


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