Art & Design Programs

Film Intensive

Learn the art and science of filmmaking at the NSLC Film Intensive.
  • Level: High School
  • Grades: Enrolled in 9-12
  • Length: 18 days
This 18 day film intensive is designed to take students from script to screen and everything in-between. Using the standard three-act Hollywood movie structure, students learn how to transform their ideas and stories into short-form fiction screenplays and then professionally produce, shoot and edit their films with state-of-the-art film and digital production equipment. In addition to creating their own film, students will screen multiple 2020 movies and learn to be a discerning critic.

Program Highlights

Interactive Classes and Workshops
Learn the latest techniques as you create your own short film. Classes are taught by American University, School of Communication faculty.

Guest speakers
Meet with professional film makers and others from the world of film.

Visit media institutions
Go behind the scenes during exclusive trips and tours.

Dates & Locations

Interactive Coursework

Partnered with American University’s School of Communication, the NSLC provides a unique opportunity to spend eighteen days working in real classrooms, labs, and in the field. You will work closely with professors in AU’s School of Communication and experience college-level film studies and media arts classes.

During the program each student will work with a small team to produce a short film. Along with AU faculty, students will be mentored by undergraduates and graduates in film studies programs.

During their class and film project, students will:

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Exclusive Guest Speakers

While at the NSLC Film Intensive, you will meet with and learn from leaders in the filmmaking community.
Examples of past guest speakers include:

Mr. Robert Askins

Ms. Sarah McCammon
National Correspondent, National Public Radio

Mr. Matthew Reyes
Creative Video Producer, Gizmodo Media Group

Mr. Paul Smithyman
Production Manager, Lincoln Center Theater

Mr. Chip Somodevilla
Staff Photographer, Getty Images

Ms. Rachel Karpf

Behind-the-Scenes Tours

These trips are designed as both sightseeing tours and exclusive educational trips specifically tailored to the area of filmmaking.
These trips may include:

American University

  • American Film Institute
  • Motion Picture Association
  • ColorLabs
  • Interface Media Group
  • Frontline Production
  • Avalon Theater
  • Capitol Hill
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • D.C. Monuments
  • July 4th: Six Flags of America with fireworks

Leadership Training

At the heart of each of our youth leadership programs is a curriculum designed to build concrete leadership skills that will help you succeed. Interactive lectures and small-group workshops will give you an opportunity to build upon your strengths and minimize your weaknesses.
Leadership topics tailored to the International Business program include:


Program tuition includes housing, all on-campus meals, course materials, academic expenses, and activities. Tuition also includes chartered, air-conditioned motor coaches for off-campus briefings and tours. 

Note: Students are responsible for the cost of travel to and from the program as well as individual spending money for souvenirs, laundry, and a few off-campus meals during fields trips and tours.

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