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Program Overview

Do you have an interest in filmmaking? Does watching a film put your mind in motion? Do you want to pull away the proverbial “black-curtain” on how it’s all done? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this is the course for you.

Photo of filmmaking students
Filmmaking students “on set”

For the sixth consecutive year, Syracuse University was ranked by The Hollywood Reporter (THR) on its list of the “Top 25 American Film Schools.” The 2018 list, which THR compiled after consulting with educators, industry professionals and alumni, ranks Syracuse at No. 22.

The summer filmmaking course for high school students is an intense and immersive college experience focused on film and visual cinematic storytelling, creativity, and cinematic imagination.

Through a series of hands-on workshops, students will be introduced to and will learn basic filmmaking tools, concepts, and skills … i.e. cinematography, sound recording, scriptwriting, directing actors and working with non-actors, editing, and post-production. This is a fast paced course. During the two weeks, students will create a short film. The course will conclude with a public screening of student movies. Students will get a chance to gain experience with 16mm celluloid film as well.

At Syracuse University, high school students will learn about and experience studying film in a university settings. Filmmaking students are immersed in the process and workload of a career in the film industry.

Each student will walk away with completed pieces of work made during this class and a more concrete command of the skill set needed to take a film idea from concept to creation.

  Within the first two days of the Summer College filmmaking course at Syracuse, I learned more about the filmmaking process than I ever had before. I learned how to create a package to sell to a producer, the various roles on a set, the specifics of formatting scripts, and the basics of everything related to film. From those two days alone, I felt Syracuse was the college in which I could see myself thriving.  -Grant K., Summer College Filmmaking student, 2018.

Program Objectives

  • Develop a film portfolio
  • Develop basic hands-on filmmaking skills and learn the basic principles of visual and cinematic storytelling
  • Experience the study of film in a college setting
  • Have fun while working hard on a short film

Learn more about Filmmaking:

Program Dates & Details Eligibility Requirements Program Cost Program Requirements Typical Day Faculty Bios


Program Dates & Details

Session Dates

Session I: June 29 – July 12, 2019
Duration: 2-weeks


Credit: Noncredit
Grading System: Pass/Fail


Students must be a minimum of 15 years of age by the orientation and move-in date. For full Summer College admission requirements, view the Admissions Overview and Eligibility page.

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Program Cost

Program Costs:

  • Residential (only): $3,360*

*Please visit our Program Costs page for more detailed information. Program rates are subject to change and will be approved by the board of trustees in March.

Program Requirements

What to Pack

Syracuse University will provide all necessary equipment and facilities; however, if students have their own laptops or cameras they are welcome to bring these. Students should have insurance to cover loss, damage or theft of these. Syracuse University is not responsible for student’s equipment.

Student Expectations

Filmmaking requires discipline & self-discipline, respect for others and the ability to work in a creative team.

This is an academically rigorous, college-level program. Students are expected to complete nightly homework assignments and actively participate in group projects. Students are expected to attend all classes every day, arrive on time, and meet all academic obligations. Free time will vary as each program is unique, as is the subsequent workload.

Typical Day

Tentative Schedule

Writing a script, preparing a production, filming on set, or editing filmed material in a postproduction studio involves long hours. Students in this program will frequently be in class, the field, and editing studios for 8-10 hours a day.

When class is over, and on weekends, students can look forward to various Summer College trips and activities. Check out our Campus Activities page for more information!

Field Trips

Students will go off-campus for several field trips. These may include:

  • The Landmark Theater
  • George Eastman House
  • Solon Quinn Studios
  • Everson Museum

End Event

The Summer Filmmaking program will conclude with a micro film festival screening of student works (to be held on the last day Friday, July 12). Parents & community are welcome.

Final Academic Obligation

Students are permitted to leave upon completion of the final class on July 12, 2019. If students have any questions regarding their final academic obligation, we encourage them to reach out to their instructor. Please refer to the Move-Out page for important information regarding the checkout process.

Faculty Bio

Mišo Suchý

Films by Mišo Suchý screened at film festivals in Oberhausen, Edinburgh, Florence, Berlin, San Francisco (FAF), Krakow, Hamburg and Cinéma du Réel at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris; as a visiting artist, Mišo has presented his films at the International Museum of Film & Photography at George Eastman House, Rochester, NY; Cornell Cinema, Ithaca, NY; Yale University, New Haven, Ct.; and Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo NY among others. Retrospectives of his work were organized by film festivals in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Mišo’s photographs were exhibited at the Photographers Gallery in London, UK; Washington Project for the Arts, Washington DC and the Slovak National Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia and published in an artist’s monograph: “When I was and Was Not at Home”. In recognition of his creative work Mišo has received grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts and NYSCA, the Pro-Slovakia Foundation, the Boston Film & Video Foundation, the Pro-Helvetia Foundation. His films and photographs are in the permanent collections of The National Gallery, Bratislava Slovakia, Lightwork, Syracuse, NY and the International Museum of Film & Photography at George Eastman House, Rochester, NY.

Kieu Anh Truong

Kieu Anh Truong has a Master of Fine Arts in Film from Syracuse University and a Bachelor degree in Cinema Production and minor in Art History from Ithaca College. Her films center on the notion of home and family: an american family and Distant Interiors are observations on different family dynamics and the subtle nuances of cohabitation. Both films show a keen interest in creating cinematic interiors where mini family-narratives unfold. Kieu-Anh also did video work for non-profit organizations such as the International Rescue Committee and Asia Society.