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Waveform Warriors Level 1 Electronic Music Creation 6/29 - 7/3 6th - 12th graders

Students entering 6th – 12th in this Level 1 course will learn about the elements of todays’ music and how to build it from the ground up. We will explore modern genres such as pop, dance, hip hop, house and dubstep, and bridge the gap between modern songwriting and traditional music theory.

Students will learn fundamentals of FL Studio software, a very practical yet powerful digital audio workstation, to build waveforms, design sounds, sequence drums and samples, and create chord progressions and melodies that will give them the knowledge base necessary to create their own full pieces of music electronically. These skill sets are a gateway into the world of professional music production; we will converse and analyze practical options for freelance work, film/video game scoring, music licensing, and other successful avenues for aspiring musicians who wish to venture further into todays’ music industry.

Create Your Own YouTube Channel 6/29 - 7/3 4th & 5th graders

Students will learn the fundamentals of shooting and editing video to get your message out to the digital world. You will hone your interviewing, writing, and storytelling skills in order to make your work stand apart from the rest. Each student will have his/her own camera and computer with Final Cut Pro software to use for the duration of the course.

Parental permission to create a YouTube account is required. 

Girl Power! Girls & Power Tools 7/6 - 7/10 6th - 9th graders

Girl Power is an all-girls design and building workshop.  The girls will learn how to design and build real-world projects using hand and power tools in CCSU’s workshop.  All the girls will learn safety and skills to guide them when using the tools.

Using teamwork, creativity, their own ideas and newly-found technical skills – each participant will be involved in building group projects and individual projects which they will take home.

 

Waveform Warriors Level 2 Electronic Music Production 7/6 - 7/10 6th - 12th graders

This class is a more advanced application of Waveform Warriors.  We will continue to work with FL Studio software, a very practical yet powerful digital audio workstation to build waveforms, design sounds, sequence drums and create chord progressions and melodies.  Students will explore more advanced techniques of music production. 

Become a Sportscaster or Journalist! 7/6 - 7/10 6th - 8th graders

Have you dreamed about being a sports anchor or journalist? Can you picture yourself live reporting a game to thousands of fans? This is your chance to learn about sports journalism and have fun doing it!

Students will learn how to do sports journalism, with an emphasis on multimedia reporting and anchoring, including the following:

    – Writing, Interviewing, and Storytelling

    – Shooting, Editing, and Producing Video Reports

    – On-Air Reporting, Anchoring, and Producing

You will anchor sportsbriefs from the CCSU TV studio, and report from either the Hartford Yard Goats or the New Britain Bees.  You’ll interview players and learn how to write, shoot, and edit game stories.  Each student will have use of his/her own camera and computer with Final Cut Pro softward to use for the duration of the course.

This program is designed to teach students the different aspects of sportscasting and sports journalism. Students will gain experience using professional camera equipment, TV studio equipment, and technical editing software. 

Please note: Students will have the opportunity to attend a local sports event and do live reporting using the skills they have learned in the program.   (transportation not provided) and interview the players before the game. The cost of the program includes complimentary tickets to the game for the student and parent/guardian. (2 tickets per family)

Basic 3D Modeling and Animation 7/6 - 7/10 4th & 5th graders
If you ever wondered how artists create and animate the amazing 3D models and characters you see in games and movies, then this is the class for you. In this one week course you will learn the very basics of 3D computer modeling and animation. This course explores how to create fun character models using 3D primitive shapes like boxes, spheres and cones, how to apply basic colors to your models, how to make them move, and how to create pictures and videos of your creations.
Autodesk 3Ds Max is professional level software used in the real world to make models and animations similar to the ones you see in games such as Lego Marvel Superheroes, Super Mario Odyssey, or Rocket League as well as the what you might see in cartoons, shows, and movies such as Boss Baby, Dino Dan, or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. 3Ds Max is not a game engine so we will be focusing on basic modeling techniques and key frame animation. Students will get to keep project files and a flash drive.
3D Modeling Techniques 7/13 - 7/17 6th - 12th graders
If you ever wondered how artists create the amazing 3D models and characters you see in games and movies, then this is the class for you. In this fun one week course you will learn some of the basics of 3D computer modeling such as creating primitives, low polygon modeling of props and characters, edge looping, modifiers, texture wrapping, lighting, and rendering images.

Autodesk 3Ds Max is professional level software used in the real world to make models and animations for games such as Thief, Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry, and movies such as Planet 51, Iron Man, and The Dark Knight. 3Ds Max is not a game engine so we will be focusing on basic modeling techniques and creating still images.

Students will get to keep project files and a flash drive.

3D Computer Animation 7/20 - 7/24 6th - 8th graders
If you have ever been watching an animated film or playing a video game and found yourself wondering how artists made those 3D models and characters come to life, then this is the class for you. In this one week course you will learn some of the basics of computer animation such as keyframing simple movements, using the curve editor to fine tune motions, rigging humanoid characters, adding some basic special effects, and rendering videos of your animations to share with friends and family.

Autodesk 3Ds Max is professional level software used in the real world to make models and animations for games such as Thief, Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry, and movies such as Planet 51, Iron Man, and The Dark Knight. 3Ds Max is not a game engine so we will be focusing on basic animation techniques and creating videos. Students will get to keep project files and a flash drive.

This is an entry level course and no experience is necessary.

Get Creative! Digital Graphic Design & Specialty Printing 7/20 - 7/24 5th - 8th graders

This foundation program in digital design graphics and printing introduces students to explore the concepts of digital graphic design and printing decorative methods. Students will be engaged in hands-on and minds-on creative activities by using a variety of computer software applications, such as: Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, and PhotoShop.   Student creativity will be moved beyond the design with the use multiple types of printing techniques (or graphic reproduction methods), such as: Digital, Inkjet and Screen Printing, display graphics and laser engraved items, etc. and printed on a wide variety of sources such as paper, boards, and fabric, etc. 

Students will get to leave the class with hand-printed items such as a handmade t-shirt and other items!

Magic of Multimedia 7/27 - 7/31 6th - 8th graders

Students entering 6th – 8th grade will explore transmedia production and related fields, including videography, photography, editing, audio production and game design.  They will learn the hardware and software needed to design, produce and implement an interactive game with web-based components that will combine movie making, visual arts, editing and sound design.

This includes an introduction to transmedia production (how to tell a story across multiple media platforms); digital storytelling (how different media can be used to graft different narratives); videography, audio and sound design; photography; editing and the how to design interactive games that use the same NFC (near field communications) technology used in popular toys like Disney Infinity, Lego Dimensions, Skylanders and Nintendo Amiibo.

They will use immersive hands-on exercises that mirror the opportunities that exist in companies like Disney, Warner Brothers and NBC/Universal.  They will also learn about the various opportunities within the entertainment industry and explore how the interconnectivity of media fields through technology has created a landscape with promising job prospects and ample educational opportunities.

They will also have the opportunity to use their production skills to help support healthy media habits and internet safety to their peers. 

Get Creative! Digital Graphic Design & Specialty Printing 8/3 - 8/7 9th - 12th graders

This foundation program in digital design graphics and printing introduces students to explore the concepts of digital graphic design and printing decorative methods. Students will be engaged in hands-on and minds-on creative activities by using a variety of computer software applications, such as: Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, and PhotoShop.   Student creativity will be moved beyond the design with the use multiple types of printing techniques (or graphic reproduction methods), such as: Digital, Inkjet and Screen Printing, display graphics and laser engraved items, etc. and printed on a wide variety of sources such as paper, boards, and fabric, etc.

Students get to leave the class with hand-printed items such as a handmade t-shirt and more!

This is a terrific career exploration opportunity as numerous communication technologies and cutting edge software will be used throughout the week.

 

Magic of Multimedia 8/3 - 8/7 9th - 12th graders

Students will explore transmedia production and related fields, including videography, photography, editing, audio production and game design.  They will learn the hardware and software needed to design, produce and implement an interactive game with web-based components that will combine movie making, visual arts, editing and sound design.

This includes an introduction to transmedia production (how to tell a story across multiple media platforms); digital storytelling (how different media can be used to graft different narratives); videography, audio and sound design; photography; editing and the how to design interactive games that use the same NFC (near field communications) technology used in popular toys like Disney Infinity, Lego Dimensions, Skylanders and Nintendo Amiibo.

They will use immersive hands-on exercises that mirror the opportunities that exist in companies like Disney, Warner Brothers and NBC/Universal.  They will also learn about the various opportunities within the entertainment industry and explore how the interconnectivity of media fields through technology has created a landscape with promising job prospects and ample educational opportunities.

They will also have the opportunity to use their production skills to help support healthy media habits and internet safety to their peers.